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Dr. Grinstead On The Development Of The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System

I’m in the middle of My Addiction Free Pain Management® (APM) Certification School in our office in Sacramento California. You can watch my video below where I’m talking about the development of my Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System.

The Spiritual Warrior Mission Vision Intention

This week Ellen and I are spending the week in Los Angeles participating in a program called SHIFT where we are in a room of 50 professionals who are committed to making a difference in the world by sharing their vision with others. Today I had an opportunity to further refine my Spiritual Warrior Mission, Intention and Vision. Please check out my video blog and read the remainder of this Blog.

Wishing You A Happy Gratitude Week – AKA Thanksgiving Week

Today being Gratitude Week (aka Thanksgiving Week) I wanted to cover my most favorite topic—gratitude. Many years ago I learned the value of showing up as a contribution instead of a complaint. When life gets rough many of us start complaining; at least I know I do. One day I was going on and on to a good friend of mine who, after listening for a while, asked me if I would be willing to make a list of all the things in my life I was grateful for instead of just complaining.

Overcoming Mistaken Limiting Beliefs Regarding Pain And Suffering

A long time ago I realized that living with chronic pain meant needing to challenge some of my mistaken beliefs about suffering. For the first two years after my injury I can honestly say I was into suffering big time. Check out my Video Blog and the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead’s Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School

Please watch my video below about my upcoming Sacramento Addiction Free Pain Management® (APM) Certification School then Sign Up Here For the upcoming APM™ Training in Sacramento on December 10-12, 2015.

An Incredible Addiction-Free Pain Management® Learning Opportunity

I believe people suffering with chronic pain an coexisting problems including addiction need to be treated by professionals knowledgeable about the obstacles they face and how to overcome them. Please watch m y video below and then read the remainder of my post for information about some of the information you’ll get at my December 10-12 Training—You should Sign Up NOW before watching this video as space is limited.

Using Suboxone for Chronic Pain Management When Addiction Is A Factor

When people are undergoing chronic pain management they want help stopping or relieving their pain symptoms and are looking for anything that will stop their suffering—I know as I’ve been in that place. What they may not realize is that some pain medications can actually cause or increase the pain symptoms that they are using the medication to manage—this is called opioid induced hyperalgesia or pain re-bound. That is why it is crucial for people undergoing chronic pain management to educate themselves and learn as much as possible about their chronic pain condition as well as the most effective treatment options. Please watch my Video Blog then read the remainder of my post.

All About Medication Management for Chronic Pain Management

An important part of developing an effective pain management plan is obtaining an accurate understanding of what effective pain management really means. Please watch My Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead At Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community For Relapse Prevention

This week I’ve been conducting an intensive Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Counseling Certification Training for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Health Community’s Behavioral Health Treatment Team. Check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post that’s all about this awesome program.

Dr. Grinstead At Laurel Ridge Treatment Center In San Antonio Texas

This week I’ve been conducting an intensive Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification Training for the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center’s Staff. This is part of a yearlong program for Laurel Ridge to become both a Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Center of Excellence as well as my newest Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence. Check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post that’s all about Laurel Ridge.

Seven Strategic Steps Towards Effective Chronic Pain Management

Below are seven strategic steps that I believe are necessary for people undergoing chronic pain management to learn in order to overcome obstacles for obtaining appropriate and effective chronic pain management. The rational and more in depth explanation for each of the following steps can be found in my book Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Please watch m y video below and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead’s Formula for Success in Chronic Pain Management

People living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders, including addiction, have many obstacles that often make helping them very challenging. Many of these people have tremendous amounts of grief and loss as well as other problems that lower their quality of life. Some of the other major roadblocks are the patients’ high levels of denial and resistance to treatment. Please watch my Video Blog Below and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead Training Advocate Addiction Treatment Staff In Relapse Prevention

The past two days I’ve been conducting an intensive relapse prevention skills training for selected staff at Advocate Addiction Treatment Program. On day one I introduced the concept of starting recovery with relapse prevention and starting relapse prevention with denial management. The staff were very excited and we broke into discussion groups frequently throughout the two days to brainstorm how this new information could be integrated into their current treatment program. Check out my video below and then read the remainder of this post.

Understanding People Suffering With Chronic Pain And Coexisting Disorders

This past year I’ve been helping several agencies implement my Addiction-Free Pain Management® System into their programing. The past several years have led to more and more people understanding that the prescription pain medication problem is really spiraling out of control. There are many reasons for this but a big one I’m concerned about is people living with chronic pain not receiving appropriate treatment interventions and end up with a substance abuse problem as a result. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Community Bridges Inc. Treatment Center In Arizona

Today I want to share my amazing trip to Arizona last week. Community Bridges Inc. (CBI) is a program that covers most of the state of Arizona. CBI is in the process of becoming a Gorski-CENAPS® Center of Excellence and also an Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence. Last week I conducted a 44 hour advanced training in Relapse Prevention Therapy Certification. Please check out my video below and then read the remainder of my post.

Chronic Pain, Addiction And Trauma - The Troubling Trifecta

Since 1984 I’ve worked with many chronic pain patients who also were experiencing an addictive disorder and an unresolved trauma history. It takes an integrated multidisciplinary approach to obtain a favorable treatment outcome. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post. Please share this information with people who can benefit.

Dr. Grinstead On His Sacramento Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School

I’m in the middle of My Addiction Free Pain Management® (APM) Certification School in our office in Sacramento California. To watch my opening for this school please watch my video below to learn more and then read the remainder of this post.

An Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning

Have you ever had a drug or alcohol problem you were trying to recover from? Or anyone you know? Have you or someone you know ever had a relapse on the road to recovery? These are some of the questions that led 17 people to this day of relapse prevention planning I conducted on November 22, 2014. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my blog.

Valley Forge Medical Center - Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence

This past week I’ve been in Norristown Pennsylvania at the Valley Forge Medical Center’s (VFMC) Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence program. At VFMC they help people living with chronic pain who were very frustrated when they weren’t receiving the pain relief they want and deserve and unfortunately many turned to continuously increasing doses of pain medications. Unfortunately these people often used the wrong type or too much medication and sometimes it worked but more often it made the problem worse in the long run. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System – A Synergistic Treatment Approach

When someone is living with chronic pain, they can get very frustrated when they aren’t receiving the pain relief they want and deserve. I know because when I experience a pain flare up, I just want the pain to stop—now! Unfortunately they usually often use only medication management and sometimes it works but sometimes it makes the problem worse for the long run. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Drug Seeking Behavior Comments Are Stigmatizing Chronic Pain Patients

Last year I recorded a Video Blog titled Stop Calling It Drug Seeking Behavior that has generated a lot of interest and comments. This past weekend I had another inquiry and call for help from someone who was on receiving end of this horrible stigma and it led me to re-posting this Video Blog below and re-introducing this topic on the remainder of this Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog. Please view my original Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Chronic Pain Management And The Role of Sleep Disturbances

Over the past 30 years I’ve noticed a recurring issue for most of my patients who are challenged with managing a chronic pain condition – without exception, they all experience some type of sleep disturbance.  For some it is minor inconvenience, but for others it can become debilitating. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Chronic Pain and Addiction in Recovery - Leave the Judgments at the Door

Yesterday I was reminded of one of the major problems I see to helping someone with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addiction. This problem is healthcare providers who shame and blame their patients. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

The Addiction Pain Syndrome™ — The Synergistic Impact when Chronic Pain and Addiction Meet

I’ve been working with people with chronic pain and coexisting problems, including addiction, since 1984. I have found this to be both very challenging and very rewarding. When I started working with Terry Gorski he mentored me and encouraged me to develop the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. My first challenge was to educate others in what I had been doing well for the past decade. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post on the synergistic impact of chronic pain and addiction.

 

Dr. Grinstead On Utilizing A Team Approach For Chronic Pain Management

If you’re like me you know that living with chronic pain can be very difficult. If you also have a coexisting addiction or other psychological disorders it becomes even harder. Your self-esteem is practically non-existent and many of you may even lose the support of their significant others. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On A Powerful Triple Threat - Chronic Pain, Addiction And Trauma

Since 1984 I’ve worked with many chronic pain patients who also were experiencing an addictive disorder and an unresolved trauma history. It takes an integrated multidisciplinary approach to obtain a favorable treatment outcome. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post. Please share this information with people who can benefit.

 

Mismanaged Pain Medication Can Sabotage Chronic Pain Management

There is quite a bit of confusion and mislabeling of people on long-term use of pain medication. Many patients are identified as “addicts” when they really are not. To learn more please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

 

February 20, 2014 How To Address Chronic Pain And Coexisting Disorders

Today I wanted to discuss the Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM) Stages and Phases of Concurrent Treatment for patients with chronic pain and coexisting addiction. I’m often asked when someone has chronic pain and addiction, which condition do we treat first? Many people think it is one or the other. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead Presents At The Colorado Springs 40th Annual Winter Symposium

It was such an honor to be asked back to present at the Psychotherapy Associates 40th Annual Winter Symposium "Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health and Mental Health" in Colorado Springs. By popular demand my topic I presented this year was Pain Management and Opioid-Focused Relapse Prevention.

Introducing The Freedom From Suffering NOW Website

This new site has been a long time coming. In 1996 we launched our first website Addiction-Free.com and then did a major revision of it in 2007. Over the years I think having the word “Addiction” in the title pushed a lot of chronic pain sufferers away. That is why we launched FreedomFromSufferingNow.com as it more accurately describes our mission – ending suffering – one person at a time.

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