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Stop Suffering Now With Our Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program

It’s a new year and I hope everyone is off to a colossal start. In my new life I’m Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a program I’ve been dreaming of and working hard to manifest; A Healing Place The Estates. It’s a program designed for a very underserved and misunderstood population—people suffering with chronic pain and other coexisting problems. Please watch my video from one of our Healing Place Group Rooms and then get into action if you or someone you care about is suffering with chronic pain.

Onward And Upward For Sure In 2017 At A Healing Place The Estates Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program

In my latest Video I’m talking the amazing transition from Sacramento to Camarillo and an exciting year with this new Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California – A Healing Place The Estates. Everyone knows we are experiencing a catastrophic epidemic of chronic pain and opioid addiction in the United States. A Healing Place The Estates Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program is committed to making a difference. Please watch my video below then learn more about the programs at our A Healing Place The Estates Programs Page on our website.

A Healing Place The Estates – A Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Program

In my latest Video I’m talking with Dale Ryder about what an exciting year we’ve had with our new Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. Please watch my video below then learn more about the programs at our website A Healing Place The Estates Programs.

Happy Holidays From A Healing Place The Estates And Freedom From Suffering

A lot of changes have happened in the past six months. In June we closed our Consulting and Training Business in Sacramento and moved to Camarillo California to open a Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program we named A Healing Place - The Estates. Please watch my Holiday Video below where I talk about our first successful six week evening treatment program.

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. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post.

The Importance Of Integrated Chronic Pain Management

It does take a team to heal a chronic pain patient and the patient needs to be the captain of the team. At A Healing Place – The Estates we are offering this team approach. I am the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer and our Clinical Director of Specialty Services Dale Ryder.

Seeing Chronic Pain Flare Ups As Learning Opportunities

Whenever I experience pain, I find it very helpful to ask: “What is my pain trying to tell me?” I believe that pain is trying to tell me that something is wrong and that I had better find out what exactly is wrong and find a way to fix it. Today I want to see my pain flare ups as learning opportunities. Please check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead Presenting At The 43rd Annual Kentucky School On Alcohol And Other Drugs

Last week I presented at the 43rd Annual Kentucky School on Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. This year I presented day long for three days. On the first day I presented a new topic for this school Relapse Prevention For Eating Addiction. On the second day I was asked to present Medication Dilemmas in Recovery. And on the third day back by popular demand Taking The Mystery Out Of Relapse. Please watch my Video Blog and then read on about the school.

Dr. Grinstead Defining Relapse At His Last Relapse Prevention Retreat In Sacramento

Defining Relapse

I was very excited and at the same time sad about my upcoming journey. We actually over-booked and had 24 people—four more than I had planned. The sad part and exciting part was I’m closing my Sacramento office and moving to open a practice in Southern California—you’ll be hearing more about this in the coming months. Please watch my video below where I’m defining relapse at my last Experiential Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning.

Dr. Grinstead Announces The Final Workshop At His Sacramento Office

I’m very excited and sad about my upcoming journey. The sad part is I’m closing my Sacramento office and moving to open a practice in Southern California—you’ll be hearing more about this in the coming months. Please watch my video below about my very last Experiential Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning then Sign Up Now Right Here for the workshop because our space is limited there are only 4 slots remaining.

Developing Good Self-Care Planning How To V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How To Develop A Good Self-Care Plan. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

 

Dr. Grinstead Announces A Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning In Sacramento

I have really mixed feelings about this upcoming experiential workshop as it will be the last time I’m presenting it in our Sacramento office because we are closing this office and moving to Southern California later this Summer. Please watch my video below about my Experiential Day Of Relapse Prevention Planning then Sign Up Now Right Here for the workshop now because our space is limited.

 

How To Understand Addictive Disorders V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How To Understand Addictive Disorders For More Effective Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

Dr. Grinstead Presenting At The Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Certification School

This has been a very exciting week for me. The video below is me starting out day four of this five day Advanced Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Therapy Certification School. You’ll also get to see my demonstration partner for this training Dena Santos who is with Cedar Point Recovery here in Sacramento. Dena shares how this week has impacted her personally and professionally.. Please watch my video on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly on my YouTube Channel.

All About My Dear Friend And Amazing Mentor Mr. Terence T. Gorski

The past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about my dear friend and phenomenal Mentor Mr. Terence T. Gorski. It is due to Terry Gorski that I developed my Addiction-Free Pain Management® System that is based in part upon the Gorski-CENAPS® Model. Please watch my video on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly on my YouTube Channel.

How To Move Beyond Anticipatory Pain And Suffering V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How To Move Beyond Anticipatory Pain And Suffering For More Effective Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

Is There A Prescription Drug Epidemic In The United States

First of all let me be clear that I am NOT anti-pain medication. However, there is new evidence to support that in many instances opioids may not be the best medication for someone living with chronic pain. Please watch my Video Blog at our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or on my YouTube Channel and then read the remainder of this post.

How To Tell The Difference Between Pain And Suffering V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How To Tell The Difference Between Pain And Suffering For More Effective Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

 

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

Today I was Presenting at the Annual American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Pain And Addiction Common Threads Course. Jim Jones with Valley Forge Medical Center (VFMC)—My East Coast Addiction-Free Pain Management® Center of Excellence—was there and we were talking about my work with VFMC and what I was doing at this ASAM Conference. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

How To Incorporate Spirituality Into Chronic Pain Management V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How To Incorporate Spirituality Into Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

How To Take The Mystery Out Of Relapse For Effective Chronic Pain Management V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is titled: How Take The Mystery Out of Relapse For Effective Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

Dr. Grinstead Presents Denial Management Counseling Certification Training At San Quentin Prison

This week I had the honor and privilege to work with a great group of motivated inmate participants at San Quentin State Prison who I trained to become Gorski-CENAPS® Certified Denial Management Specialists. Please watch my Video Blog I recorded the final morning of the training just outside the gates of San Quentin Prison right on San Francisco Bay.

How To Identify & Manage The Inner Saboteur For Effective Chronic Pain Management V-Blog

This my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is How To Identify And Manage The Inner Saboteur For Effective Chronic Pain Management. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link

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Identifying Potential Red Flags For Medication Management Problems

How do I know when someone is having a problem with pain medication? This is one of the most frequent questions I get from family members, friends or even healthcare providers for someone they know on ongoing medication management. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

How To Help Friends Or Family Suffering With Chronic Pain V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is How Help Friends Or Family Members Suffering With Chronic Pain that can help achieve freedom from suffering for everyone. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

How To Develop Effective And Safe Chronic Pain Management Plans V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is How To Develop An Effective AND Safe Chronic Pain Management Plan that will allow people to achieve true freedom from suffering. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

 

How To Identify And Manage Stress V-Blog

This is the next in my ongoing series of how to V-Blogs. This one is How To Identify And Manage Stress. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific "How To" topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

Dr. Grinstead’s April 2016 Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School

I have really mixed feelings about this upcoming training as it will be the last time I’m presenting it in Sacramento as we are closing this office and moving to Southern California later this year. Please watch my video below about my upcoming Sacramento Addiction Free Pain Management® (APM) Certification School then Sign Up Now Right Here for my upcoming APM™ Training in Sacramento on April 21-13, 2016 because our space is limited.

How To Identify And Manage Dilemmas Surrounding Medication Use In Recovery

 

 

How To Escape The Chronic Pain Trance

This is the second in my series of how to V-Blogs. This one is How To Escape The Chronic Pain Trance. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific How To topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link.

How To Make Peace With Your Chronic Pain

This blog is different it's all about the V-Blog only. This is the first in my series of how to videos. Please let me know if you are interested in any specific how to topics.

You can watch it on our Freedom From Suffering NOW Blog Page or directly to my YouTube Channel At This Link

You Can Learn To Manage Chronic Pain With Coexisting Disorders Including Addiction

Do you get confused on what to do when your clients have chronic pain and coexisting disorders including addition? Don’t feel all alone, many healthcare providers are in this situation. Watch my video below and Sign Up NOW.

The ABCs About Addiction Recovery And Relapse

It was an awesome day at my Sacramento Workshop last Saturday, where I covered the ABCs on the progression of addiction, recovery and relapse. In the Video Blog below is a segment where I talked to the participants about what to expect from this dynamic workshop and the first part is all about why people start using alcohol and other drugs. Please watch the Video Blog below to learn more.

Taking The Mystery Out Of Relapse

It was an awesome day at my Sacramento Workshop yesterday where I covered the ABCs on the progression of addiction, recovery and relapse. In the Video Blog below is a segment where I talked about taking the mystery out of relapse and how relapse is a process and not an event. Please watch the video below to learn more.

Why Does It Take A Team For Effective 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 and then read the remainder of this post.

Healer Heal Thyself Self-Care Planning Workshop

Attend my dynamic workshop to empower yourself to creatively change what stands in your way, so you can balance your life, enhance your recovery and increase your level of performance at work. Please watch my Video Blog below about my dynamic upcoming Sacramento Experiential Workshop and then check out the remainder of this blog and learn why you should sign up now.

Sacramento Experiential Workshop - ABCs On The Progression Of Addiction Recovery and Relapse

I am excited to be presenting my upcoming experiential workshop, ABCs of Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention, on Saturday February 27, 2016, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Sacramento California. This workshop is 7.5 contact hours. To learn more about this exciting day please watch my Video Blog but Sign Up for This Dynamic Workshop Now because space is limited.

Dr. Grinstead Presents Medication Dilemmas In Recovery At The Colorado Springs Winter Symposium

This morning I had a great group of motivated participants who joined me for an “Early-Bird” presentation of “Managing Medication Dillimmas in Recovery at the 42nd Annual Colorado Springs Winter Symposium. Please watch my Video Blog of the opening of my presentation this morning.

Dr. Grinstead At The 42nd Annual Colorado Springs 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 one of the topics I presented this year was Walking The Tightrope of Pain Management and Addiction. Please watch my video blog and then read the remainder of the post.

The ABCs Of Addiction Recovery and Relapse - A Sacramento Experiential Workshop

I am so excited to be presenting my upcoming experiential workshop, ABCs of Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention, Saturday February 27th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. This workshop is 7.5 contact hours. To learn more watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead Live At His Day of Relapse Prevention Planning Experiential Retreat

I completed a very successful Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning on Saturday January 23, 2016. I will be doing more workshops in the coming months and you can register right now at our Freedom From Suffering NOW Live Events Page to ensure your space. Please check out my Video Blog below as I opened up our experiential day and then read the remainder of this post.

Understanding Psychological Versus Physiological Pain Signals

Today I want to discuss the importance of differentiating between physical symptoms and psychological/emotional pain symptoms for better chronic pain management outcomes. I know how important this is for me because it truly is the difference between ouch this hurts or this is killing me, it’s terrible awful or horrible. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post for more information.

Walking The Tightrope Of Pain Management And Addiction Webcast Available NOW

I am so excited to offer you the starting place to help end people suffering with their chronic pain and addiction. Right now you have an opportunity to obtain my new dynamic three-part Webinar Webcast I’m calling Walking the Tightrope of Pain Management and Addiction™. To learn more please Check This Out Now! Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Sacramento Day of Relapse Prevention Planning Experiential Retreat

Join me for an Experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning on Saturday January 23, 2016, In Sacramento California. This is a MUST ATTEND for you or any of your friends and or family members that have any kind of chemical or process addictive disorders. Our space is limited so register right now at our Freedom From Suffering NOW Live Events Page to ensure your space. If you want more information please check out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Developing An Attitude of Gratitude For Freedom From Suffering On New Years Day

Gratitude Versus Suffering—Gratitude always starts and ends every day for me as an integral component of my own quality of life. This morning on the first day of this New Year as I was going through my readings I saw several of them focused on gratitude and knew that was my focus for today’s Blog. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

Surviving And Thriving During The Holidays with Chronic Pain

I have been living with my own chronic pain for over three decades as I’m writing this. I can remember the early years when I suffered with my pain and believe me I never want to return to those bleak and horrible times when my pain controlled, and consumed, my entire life. In my book Freedom From Suffering: A Journey of Hope you can read about many instances of people overcoming adversity by developing and following seven strategic steps.

Coping with Despair for Effective Chronic Pain Management

I’ve been living with my own chronic pain for over 32 years and there were times in the first few years where I fell into a deep dark place of despair and hopelessness—a chronic pain trance. Over the past three decades I’ve been working with other people living with chronic pain who were in similar emotional pits. For me the journey out of despair and into hope came as a result of going through a painful grieving process and finding a Spiritual Mentor. That is why I wrote my book Freedom From Suffering: A Journey Of Hope. Please also watch my Video Blog and read the remainder of this post.

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.

Are You Ready To Become A Spiritual Warrior?

Over the past 30 years I’ve been excited, honored and privileged to be on my own Spiritual Warrior Journey while at the same time helping other people obtain the freedom from suffering I have achieved. Please watch my Video Blog below for more about the importance, and power, of using Intention, Desire and Mission and then read the remainder of my post to learn the rest of the story.

What's Stopping You From Making Peace With Your Pain?

My early experience with chronic pain was often associated as endless, meaningless suffering—and I was very identified with that state of mind. Suffering is often seen as inseparable from the physical pain we experience and can influence the way we express our pain. This was certainly true for me—it prevented from taking action to change my experience. There is a dynamic that goes along with suffering that you may have heard about - it’s call the anticipatory pain reaction and believe it or not, it’s something that you can change. Please watch my Video Blog and read the remainder of this post.

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.

Join Dr. Grinstead For A Dynamic Day of Experiential Relapse Prevention Planning

Join me on Saturday November 24, 2015 in Sacramento for an experiential Day of Relapse Prevention Planning. As you may know many people who are committed to recovery end up becoming dysfunctional in recovery and may even end up drinking or using again despite their best intentions. Knowledge is Power! To avoid a future relapse you must develop certain skills. In this day of relapse prevention planning you will learn how to identify and manage self-defeating ways of thinking that could justify a relapse. Watch my Video Blog Below and then Sign Up Now or read the remainder of the blog to learn more.

Dr. Grinstead At Community Bridges Inc. For Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School

Self-Care Planning And Codependency Healing For Healthcare Providers

One of my latest and now most requested experiential workshops is Sefl-Care Planning & Codependency Healing for Healthcare Providers. I am co-presenting this dynamic workshop here in Sacramento on September 26th for 7.5 Continuing Education hours. Please watch my video below and then check out the remainder of this blog for more information.

Coping With Denial For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Today’s topic is designed for people who have experienced problems related to living with chronic pain, but who honestly don’t believe—or don’t want to believe—that they are sabotaging a potentially effective pain management plan. If you or someone you know has a problem with effective chronic pain management this can be the first step towards a better way. To hear some of my thoughts about this please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

The Spiritual Warrior Journey - Climbing Out Of The Pit

Since 1984 I have been so excited, honored and privileged to be on my own Spiritual Warrior journey and also helping other people obtain the freedom from suffering I have achieved. Many people I see are in a very hopeless and helpless place and see no way out. Sometimes all it takes is to let them know others have been where they are and have found a way out. Please watch my Video Blog below for more information and then read the remainder of my post to learn more.

The Spiritual Warrior Journey - A Life Without Armor

I am so excited to be on my new journey to help other people obtain the freedom I have achieved. This coming October I will be offering a series of free Teleseminars introducing The Spiritual Warrior Journey: Life Without Armor. Please watch my Video Blog below for more information and then read the remainder of my post to learn how I survived the worst night of my life.

Using Relaxation Response Tools For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

This past week I have worked with several patients whose main problem was high levels of stress. These high stress levels also intensify their perception of pain and as the pain intensifies their stress increases even more. One of the first interventions I teach people is how to identify and manage their stress. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Family And Friends Of Chronic Pain Sufferers May Be Suffering Too

This for people who are living with someone—or care for someone—who is suffering with a chronic pain condition and they are having a hard time coping because they’re not sure how to help. Unless someone’s been in your place they have no idea how challenging this can really be. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

The Evolution of Freedom From Suffering – Catching Fire!

I am in a very exciting time in my life. But on June 16, 2015 I turned sixty five and on that day I got my Medicare Card in the mail. It was a profound wake up call. I notice starting to reach from my dysfunctional armor again but this time I then decide to not go there. I do need to figure something else out though. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

My Spiritual Warrior Journey - Identifying All My Suits of Armor

Much of my life’s path is due to a decision I make at five years old and from then to nineteen years old I had built an impressive and progressive suit of armor. Please watch my Video Blog below that picks up where my last post ended and then read the remainder of my post.

My Warrior Journey Developing My Cumbersome Suit of Armor

Much of my life’s path is due to a decision I make at five years old. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

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.

Time To Call A Ceasefire On Your War Against Chronic Pain Because, War is Hell!

Being at war with your pain is a no-win proposition. I have also lived with chronic pain for a long time and I still remember when I was at war with my pain and what it cost me. I’m grateful for the people on my journey that helped me see the futility of fighting my pain and I’d like to help you if you need to make peace with your pain. Please watch my video below then read the remainder of this post.

The Chronic Pain Spiral Can Lead To Severe Suffering

People living with chronic pain can sometimes begin a downward spiral when the cascade effect of painful physical symptoms combined with uncomfortable emotion occurs. This is coupled with a negative anticipation effect. People begin to think like a victim; they experience thoughts like “why me” or “poor me” or even “this is must be my punishment.” They start feeling hopeless and helpless, which often leads to grief and depression. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this crucial information.

Seven Strategic Steps For Headache And Other Chronic Pain Management

Yesterday was a very painful day for me. I woke up with a migraine and it kept me down most of the day. I noticed at several different times that I was starting to “suffer” and had to really practice what I teach. Headache pain, especially migraine, can be very challenging to manage effectively. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post to learn how to cope more effectively with headache pain (or other chronic pain conditions).

It Is Important To Manage Depression for Effective Chronic Pain Management

Depression is one of the common of coexisting disorders for someone living with chronic pain. Unfortunately, the depression can sabotage a chronic pain management plan and chronic pain can intensify depression. Another problem is when the depression doesn’t get identified and treated. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the brief list of things to do and things to avoid if you or someone you love is living with chronic pain and coexisting depression.

Understanding The Neuroplasticity Impact On Chronic Pain Management

Many of the people I see who are suffering with chronic pain have been living with their condition for many years. Many times these people have been told there is nothing wrong anymore e.g., the surgery was a complete success, the MRI or X-Rays show no problems. And yet the pain continues. In some instances this may be due to a neuroplasticity effect. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Coping With The Inner Saboteur - AKA Denial - For Effective Chronic Pain Management

If you don’t know whether or not you have a problem, it can be extremely difficult to find a solution. Have you ever had a situation where you were very enthusiastic and excited about achieving a desirable goal and then got in your own way? I know I have. Please watch my Video Blog Below and then read the remainder of this post.

Medication Benefits and Risks in Chronic Pain Management

Some pain disorders require pharmacological (prescription drug) interventions. Other conditions may respond to over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen. Still other conditions may need a combination of both. However, some pain disorders can be effectively treated without any chemical interventions at all. Please review my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Understanding The Biopsychosocial Factors in Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain affects the whole person. You can generally receive effective medical care for acute pain; however, chronic pain management treatment can be a confusing process of misunderstanding as well as incorrect diagnoses and inadequate treatment plans. Please watch my Video Blog then check out the remainder of this post.

We Must Stop Suffering For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Because you believe that you’re going to hurt, you can activate your physiological pain system just by thinking about doing something that you believe will cause you to hurt. This is called anticipatory pain. I’ve been living with chronic pain for over three decades and I know for me if I’m not careful this anticipatory reaction can lead to increased perception of pain and eventually suffering. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the remainder of this post.

Developing Ways to Communicate About Your Chronic Pain

One trend I’ve seen over the past 30 plus years of working with people with chronic pain is how challenging it can be to describe what they’re going through. I also know this from a position of living with my own chronic pain for the past 32 years. I can still remember early in my pain recovery when I couldn’t find a way to articulate what I was going through. Please watch my Vido Blog and then read the remainder of this 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.

It’s Over-the-Counter It Must Be Safe. Right? - Wrong!

With so much attention to all the news about prescription drug problems one serious problem has gone unnoticed. For example a lot has been printed about the danger of OxyContin and how it kills people—however; I have not seen one report that anyone died who was taking OxyContin as prescribed. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Contemplating My Life and All I’m Grateful for on My 65th Birthday

When I was growing up I can remember my grandparents who were in their sixties and I thought I hope I never get that old. As most children do, they look at older adults and think they’re ancient. In fact in my family and social circle—which was primarily blue-collar hard labor working class—most people did age fast and hard. This was especially true since most of them also drink heavy and smoked like chimneys. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

The Anticipatory Pain Reaction Can Sabotage Chronic Pain Management

I believe that of the most common factors in someone sabotaging their chronic management plan is what I call Anticipatory Pain. It can actually lead to someone amplifying their pain symptoms to a point of suffering. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Defining And Understanding Chronic Pain – Knowledge Is Power

It has been my experience that in order to solve a problem we must first fully understand not only the problem but also what it takes to move into the solution. When I help my patients develop their chronic pain management plans one of the very first steps is making sure they understand what their pain is all about—what it is trying to tell them. Please watch my Video Blog and then read on to learn all about pain.

Dr. Grinstead On The Role of Diet And Nutrition In Chronic Pain Management

After meeting with two different pain patients this week I once again got to see how important the role of diet and nutrition is to more effective chronic pain management. One patient had been experiencing several years of gastrointestinal problems and serious constipation—it is important to note that he was not on opiates so this constipation was diet/food related. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Why Do People Abuse Pain Medication

So why do people end up abusing their pain medication? In my opinion one end of the spectrum is under-treated pain, especially when we’re talking about chronic pain. For some of the chronic pain patients I have worked with, either they or their doctors were too afraid to prescribe opiate medication—opioid-phobia—or they wouldn’t prescribe a high enough dose. Please check out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

The Role Of Treating Grief And Loss In Chronic Pain Management

I believe that to develop an effective pain management plan one of the most difficult and crucial, emotional issues that must be resolved is the grief and loss of your health and/or prior level of functioning. Obtaining support to work through a painful grieving process improves your chances of a successful treatment outcome with chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Do You Believe That Effective Chronic Pain Management Is A Right And A Responsibility

I’m talking about this topic today because I’ve seen too many people not getting the kind of help that they need and deserve. Sometimes it’s because they just don’t know they are having a problem that can be helped. At other times they are limited because of access to appropriate help in their area. And at other times it’s because they are not willing to be active participants in their own pain management process. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Learning To Resolve The Chronic Pain Trance

I’ve been living with my own chronic pain for over three decades and there were times in the first few years where I fell into a deep dark place of despair and hopelessness—the chronic pain trance. People living with chronic pain sometimes develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Utilizing Nonpharmacological – Holistic Treatment Interventions

Today I want to discuss active and passive treatment approaches and what some people call nonpharmacological treatment methods or what others might refer to as Holistic interventions. The term nonpharmacological simply means non-medication or non-medical procedures. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Seven Stress Reduction Tips To Improve Pain Management

Since I live with chronic pain when I notice my stress levels go up the first thing I need to do instead of overreacting and amplifying my pain is to use a simple five step process—Pause, Relax, Reflect, Decide and Do. The “Decide” and “Do” part is listed below in the seven strategic stress management tools. You can learn more about this process by checking out my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Moving From Hopeless To Hopeful For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Today I want to focus on the importance of not giving in to hopelessness when it comes to chronic pain management. Please watch my Video Blog below then read the remainder of this post.

Moving From Surviving To Thriving For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Today I want to focus on the importance of not settling for less when it comes to chronic pain management. Please watch my Video Blog below then read the remainder of this post.

 

Dr. Grinstead On The Chronic Pain Spiral

Today I want to focus on what I call the chronic pain spiral. I know how dangerous this can be and actually have experienced it myself in my journey to freedom from suffering from my chrnic pain. Please watch my Video Blog below then read the remainder of this post.

Twelve Strategic Personal Action Steps for Medication Management for Chronic Pain

First of all, I want to emphasize that the information that follows can be used by anyone who wants to avoid prescription medication abuse or addiction problems, not just those already in recovery. Nonetheless, during my work with people since 1984, I have seen far too many relapse because of poor medication management plans. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Non-Medication Based Tips For Managing Chronic Pain Flare Ups

Below I’ll give you some simple tips for managing pain flare ups. But first I want to explain what I mean by a pain flare up. If you’re living with chronic pain it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—Sometimes called recurrent acute pain. It is important to determine what your base line of pain is, based on a 1-10 pain scale. For some of you this may be levels 2-3, for others 4-5 and others may even be at 5-6. This is the level of pain you experience pretty much every day. Recurrent episodes are acute pain flare ups that might go as high as a level 7-8 (or higher) on that pain scale. These acute episodes are usually brief—anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so in most cases.

Ten Red Flags For Chronic Pain Medication Management Problems

We often receive inquiries from our website and calls at our office asking how do I know if someone is experiencing difficulty with their pain medication. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Moving Beyond Anticipatory Pain for Effective Chronic Pain Management

If you’re living with a chronic pain condition like I am; you may have noticed that sometimes you are so fearful about conducting basic tasks of daily living that you become immobilized. It can also manifest with overwhelming anxiety, so much so, that you trigger a phenomenon that actually amplifies your perception of pain. We call this Anticipatory Pain. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

How to Sabotage Your Chronic Pain Management

There are many different ways of talking about that part of ourselves that both protect us and sabotages us—sometimes at the same time. Some people call this our psychological defense system. Others call it denial, while still others call it the inner saboteur. Have you ever heard the expression “the committee in your head?” For others it’s the angle or devil on your shoulder and for still others it’s the Zen concept of “monkey mind.” Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Keeping it Simple Tips for Effective Chronic Pain Management

I’ve been working with people living with chronic pain and coexisting problems up to and including addiction since 1984. Today I was thinking about how challenging it can be when I’m teaching other healthcare providers how to implement a system that can be very effective. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post about the importance of keeping it simple.

Dr. Grinstead On How Different Pain Signals Impact Chronic Pain Management

I’m writing this today to help educate people who are living with a chronic pain condition and are having a hard time coping because they’re not sure what to do to achieve more effective pain management and freedom from suffering. Unless someone’s been in their place they really have no idea how challenging this can really be. As someone who has come through the other side I assure you that there is a way to achieve this freedom from suffering and part of that is understanding more about the different components of chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Exposing Stigma Directed Towards People Living With Chronic Pain

I’ve been working with people with chronic pain for over three decades and I cannot tell you how frustrating it is for me to hear the negative shaming and blaming statements directed at people who are only trying to live with a debilitating chronic pain condition. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Medical Interventional Approaches in Chronic Pain Management

Many people undergoing chronic pain management have a challenging time finding relief for their condition. Sometimes medication is not enough. That is why most of the latest chronic pain management outcome research is recommending a multidisciplinary team approach for better treatment outcomes. One treatment component that has helped many of my patients over the years is the interventional pain management procedures. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Using Pain Journaling To Improve Chronic Pain Management

If you are someone like me who lives with chronic pain you may be interested to see below where you will have an opportunity to gain more insights about your personal pain relationship. The main purpose is for you to gather daily written feedback regarding your internal perception (insights) of your pain condition and how you manage your pain. You will be looking for triggers (both physical and psychological/emotional or stress related) and patterns for your pain. This is your starting point for have an improved relationship with your pain. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

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.

Using Gratitude To Turn Adversity Into Opportunity When Living With Chronic Pain

One of the most powerful and longest lasting pieces of wisdom I received in my martial arts endeavors was how to turn adversity into opportunity by staying in gratitude. I know this has been an integral part of my chronic pain management plan over the years. Please watch the video below and then read the remainder of my post.

The Impact Of Seasonal Depression On Chronic Pain Management

I’ve noticed over the past several years that starting in late September all the way through February many of my patients would start experiencing more depression symptoms. I think there are several reasons for this and the two primary ones seem to be the days getting shorter and the other is the Holiday Season. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.

Understanding The Difference Between Pain And Suffering To Improve Chronic Pain Management

I believe that in order to effectively live with chronic pain and not suffer we need to learn as much about out pain as possible. Many people I’ve worked with the past thirty years have been more into suffering than pain. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post for more information about the difference between pain and suffering.

Dr. Grinstead On Chronic Pain Management And The Family

When one person in a family suffers from living with chronic pain they are not alone in their misery. Everyone in the family is affected and attempts to cope in their own way. Unfortunately many of these coping strategies don’t work and often make the problems worse. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude As Part of Chronic Pain Management

Gratitude Versus Suffering—Gratitude always starts and ends every day for me as an integral component of my own chronic pain management and quality of life. This morning as I was going through my readings I saw several of them focused on gratitude and knew that was my focus for today’s Blog. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of my post.

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.

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.

Information Tools and Tips for Migraine Chronic Pain Management

This past week I’ve experienced two migraine episodes and one was triggered by emotional stressors the other by my allergies. I decided it has been a long time since I’ve blogged about this topic and this time I wanted to include information that I hope you find useful. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Surviving & Thriving During The Holidays With Chronic Pain – A Prevention Approach

I know this time of year can be especially challenging for people living with chronic pain as the Holidays are upon us. It’s even more difficult when a person is in recovery from any addictive disorder including prescription medication addiction. I just recorded a short Video Blog that you can see below on this topic and then read the remainder of this post to have a better Holiday Season.

Dr. Grinstead On The Importance Of Becoming A Stress Buster

In today’s busy world it’s very important for everyone to incorporate effective stress management tools into our daily living, but especially for those experiencing problems with health or other life problems. Watch my Video Blog below on the importance of becoming a “Stress Buster” and then read the remainder of this post.

 

Dr. Grinstead On The Role of Antidepressants For Effecitve Chronic Pain Management

Many people with chronic pain disorders become clinically depressed and a medication intervention may be necessary depending upon an assessment of their problem. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System suggests that a full biopsychosocial evaluation be taken to determine the type and severity of the depression. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

East & West Coast Addiction-Free Pain Management® Training

No one likes to see another human being suffering. It saddens us and can leave us feeling helpless, as well as placing immense burdens on the family and friends of those affected. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School is designed to help healthcare professionals work with individuals who have chronic pain, and potential or actual addictive disorders. Please watch my Video Blog below about my upcoming East and West Coast Trainings and then read the remainder of this post for more information.

Understanding Psychological/Emotional Factors for Effective Chronic Pain Management

Defining pain is sometimes not well understood. When living with chronic pain or supporting a friend or family member who has this condition it is important to understand the psychological and emotional components of chronic pain. Unfortunately, many people with chronic pain are never taught about the difference between the ascending physiological signal and the resultant psychological/emotional components of their chronic pain. Please check out my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Avoid The Instant Gratification Mindset For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

Some people develop a “need” for instant gratification (I want it and I want it now). Unfortunately, some of the acute pain medication promises of instant relief lead people into this instant gratification trap to manage a chronic pain problem—they are only interested in the quick fix. Please watch my Video Blog Below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead Presents At The North Carolina Physicians Health Program

was honored and excited to be invited to present at the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP) this weekend in Asheville North Carolina. My presentation is about managing pain and medication in recovery and it based upon my Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.

Five Strategic Tips for Managing Chronic Pain Flare Ups

If you’re living with chronic pain like I am it’s crucial to learn to learn how to manage your pain flare ups—sometimes called recurrent acute pain. In this Blog I want to give you five simple tips for managing these pain flare ups and achieving freedom from suffering. But first please watch my Video Blog below and then read the reminder of the post to learn more.

How Neuropathic Chronic Pain Management Is Different

If you are living with neuropathic pain like I am you know that the treatment can be frustrating and often ineffective. While acute short-term pain is usually easy to manage and many chronic pain conditions can be treated effectively, neuropathic pain management can be a major treatment challenge for both patients and their healthcare providers. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Chronic Pain Management And The Inner Saboteur

This information is designed for people who have experienced problems related to living with chronic pain, but who honestly don’t believe—or don’t want to believe—that they are sabotaging a potentially effective pain management plan. If you or someone you know has a problem with effective chronic pain management this can be the first step towards a better way. To hear some of my thoughts about this please watch my 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.

Dr. Grinstead On When Does Pain Relief Become Drug Seeking Behavior?

I have a lot of compassion for healthcare providers who treat chronic pain patients in California. On one hand the DEA is playing big brother and their war on drugs has now moved to a war on pain management. This “war on pain management” must stop. On the other hand some patients are not getting good treatment.  Too much is at stake. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

Looking At Chronic Pain Flare Ups As Learning Opportunities

Whenever I experience pain, I find it very helpful to ask: “What is my pain trying to tell me?” I believe that pain is trying to tell me that something is wrong and that I had better find out what exactly is wrong and find a way to fix it. Please check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Understanding Depression For Effective Chronic Pain Management

Many people living with chronic pain develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance—I know I was there in my early years. While I was in this trance what helped keep me stuck was my depression. It forced me to finally reach out and get therapy and medication management. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead On Hydrocodone Finally Being Re-Classified By The FDA

The Food and Drug Administration announced on August 22, 2014 that medications containing hydrocodone with Tylenol now must follow stricter prescribing guidelines. Please check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

 

Dr. Grinstead On Managing Pain Flare Ups

I wanted to share my personal experience of once again having to practice what I teach to others. I find effective pain flare up planning to be one of the most important parts of my self-care and chronic pain management. Please watch my Video Blog below about my recent flare up and then read the rest of this 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 Untreated Depression Can Sabotage Chronic Pain Management

I find I needed to be very proactive with the non-medication based tools I learned in therapy especially for my depression. Today when I start feeling some depression symptoms or start developing depression thinking I go back to my tool box and practice what I teach to my patients. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my 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.

 

From Surviving to Thriving with Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is an emotional condition as well as a physical sensation. It is a complex experience that affects thought, mood, and behavior and can lead to isolation, immobility, and sometimes drug dependence or addiction. Many people get stuck suffering or just hanging on and surviving. Check out my video blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

Dr. Grinstead On Looking At The Chronic Pain Trance

People living with chronic pain sometimes get into an automatic and unconscious way of living that I call the chronic pain trance. For some people this means becoming hopeless and helpless and mistakenly believing that their life is over. Others try to cope with their situation by embarking on a quest to find the right pill, while still others try to find someone to rescue or fix them. Please watch my video blog on this topic below and then read the remainder of this post for more information.

June 24 - Dr. Grinstead On Neuropathic Chronic Pain Management

Many people I work with really struggle with neuropathic pain — they are not alone as millions of others also experience this type of pain. I can empathize as I’ve had to deal with neuropathic pain flare ups periodically over the past 32 years and more frequently this past year. This type of pain doesn’t respond to the normal acute or chronic pain medications. It is usually the result of damage to the pain system itself. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.

June 10 - The Role Of Self-Hypnosis In Chronic Pain Management

Today I want to discuss a clinical tool that is not often used in chronic pain management—Hypnosis. I also want to discuss the role of using Self-Hypnosis as a component of my own chronic pain management near the end of this post. To learn more about my personal and professional experience with Self-Hypnosis please see my video blog below and then read the remainder of my post on hypnosis in medicine over the past fifty years.

June 4 - Dr. Grinstead On The Bio-Psycho-Social Components of Chronic Pain Management

I believe that to effectively manage a chronic pain condition it is very important to understand exactly what type of pain you are experiencing. When people are in pain they experience both physical and psychological symptoms and social interactions. Please watch my short video and then read the remainder of this post.

May 30th - Dr. Grinstead On Five Stress Reduction Tips To Improve Pain Management

When I notice my stress levels go up the first thing I need to do instead of overreacting is to use a simple five step process—Pause, Relax, Reflect, Decide and Do. You can learn more about this process by checking out my V-Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.

May 27th - The Impact Of Untreated Depression On Chronic Pain Management

First of all, not everyone with chronic pain and depression will need antidepressant medications. However, this class of medication may be indicated for several reasons; one is that many people living with chronic pain disorders become clinically depressed. My Addiction-Free Pain Management® System suggests a full biopsychosocial evaluation to determine the severity of the problem before any medications are prescribed. Please view the video below and then read the remainder of this post.

May 19 - Teaching People To Help People

Dr. Grinstead On The Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Certification School


Teaching People to Help People—in 1991 that was the mission statement I developed in order to join Terry Gorski’s Relapse Prevention Faculty. I’ve stuck to that over the years and as a result have helped many people learn how to help many more people. This week I get to spend an entire week with people all over the country learn how to help people avoid the pain of relapsing and eventually going back to using alcohol and other drugs. Check out my video and then read the remainder of the post for more information about this Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention Certification School in Sacramento California.

May 12th - Effective Chronic Pain Management And A Quick Fix Mentality Don’t Mix

I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW!! If you watched any amount of TV the past few years you may have noticed a significant increase in commercials hyping prescription medication to get immediate relief. At the same time prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise. We live in a quick fix society so when something goes wrong we look for the fastest way to remedy the situation. Please check out my video below and then read the Problem/Solution remainder of this post.

May 8th - Dr. Grinstead The Role of Drug Testing In Chronic Pain Management Treatment

Many physicians treating patients with chronic pain are afraid of professional sanctions or criminal charges if their patients become addicted. However, pain medication can be prescribed safely to people with severe chronic pain when doctors complete a thorough medical history and physical examination before developing a written treatment plan with diagnostic evidence to support that plan. They also need to conduct a periodic review of the treatment course, paying close attention to patients who are at risk for misusing their medication as well as documenting patient education and medication management contracts/agreements with their patients. Please check out my video and then learn what the American Society of Addiction Medicine has to say about this treatment intervention.

May 1st - Dr. Grinstead On Effective Chronic Pain Management Keeping It Simple Tips

The use of slogans can be a powerful tool when changing attitudes, beliefs and thinking. Many self-help programs use simple but powerful slogans to remind members to keep on track. One slogan I constantly need to remind myself about for chronic pain management is to “Keep it Simple.” I have a tendency to over-analyze most anything and complicate a simple process. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of my post.

April 29th - Tips for Non-Medication-Based Chronic Pain Management

Many of the people who are sent to me by their pain management providers are only taking medication for their chronic pain management. I believe that effective chronic pain management requires three core areas: (a) Core Clinical Components; (b) Medication Management Planning; and (c) Nonpharmacological Interventions. Today I want to discuss the last one—non-medication based interventions. Please watch my video and then read the remainder of my post.

Dr. Grinstead On How To Use a Pain Scale For More Effective Chronic Pain Management

I believe it is important to be able to accurately rate your level of pain when working with pain management providers so you can communicate effectively. Part of the problem is the ubiquitous use of a 0-10 pain scale. Many people I have worked with over the years have consistently rated their pain at levels 9 or 10 on the 0 to 10 pain scale. Part of this high rating may have been a misunderstanding of the pain scale. Another reason some of my patients would finally confide to me that they rated it so high in order for other people to take them seriously and/or give them something to help them better manage their pain. Please check out my video below and then read the remainder of my post.

For Effective Chronic Pain Management It’s Crucial to Understand and Manage Depression

Depression and chronic pain often occur at the same time for many people. It’s often misdiagnosed because a person living with chronic pain often does not even realize they are depressed so they don’t mention anything to their healthcare providers who often aren’t looking for it. And if people who have depression and chronic pain only define their physical problems as it relates to their chronic pain management condition, the various symptoms related to depression can easily be ignored. Please check out my video below and then continue reading this post.

Dr. Grinstead On The April 2014 Addiction-Free Pain Management® Certification School

My Addiction Free Pain Management® (APM) Certification School is a training designed to teach clinicians the skills needed to successfully work with people with chronic pain and potential or actual addictive disorders. Addictive disorders combined with pain disorders lead to another set of problems called the Addiction-Pain Syndrome™. This syndrome produces an outcome where the combined action is greater in total effect than the sum of the effects. Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM) is a strategic and systematic clinical training process that successfully addresses this Syndrome™. Please watch my video below about my current April 2014 school that ended on April 12, 2014.

 

April 8 - Practicing an Attitude of Gratitude for More Effective Chronic Pain Management

In order for me to live life to the fullest and make peace with my own pain, I must continuously strive to maintain an attitude of gratitude. As I age I am grateful for all the experiences I have had and all the knowledge I have acquired. I’m grateful for all the people who give meaning to my life: my wife Ellen, my mother, my friends, colleagues and especially my recovering brothers and sisters. Instead of feeling depressed about all the things I can’t do, I choose to be grateful for all that I can do and everything that is possible.

Please check out my video below and then read the remainder of my blog.

March 26 - Using a Pain Journal for Effective Chronic Pain Management

Today as I was talking with a colleague we were discussing living with our chronic pain and what we found most helpful to avoid suffering. I told him one of my most valuable tools for me when having prolonged pain flare up periods was to get back to pain journaling. I need to use this tool periodically and I teach it to many of my chronic pain patients. I usually give them the directions you’ll see below. Please watch my video and then read the remainder of this post.

March 24 - Spirituality and Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is often misunderstood and undertreated. Inaddition to the biopsychosocial impact a chronic pain condition frequently hason a person, spiritual crisis can accompany the condition as well. Long-term chronic pain is abody-mind-spiritual problem that requires a multifaceted solution.Complementary spiritual practices are necessary components of any effectivechronic pain management plan. Pleasewatch my video below to learn how I used my Spirituality to help overcome mygrief/loss today and then read the remainder of my post.

March 19 - The Importance Of Managing Pain Flare Ups

When you live with chronic pain like I do you will probably experience times when your pain levels flare up. Sometimes you can determine why and other times it comes as a complete surprise and you don’t really know why. No matter what the reason your pain flares up, you need to find safe effective ways to cope with the amplified symptoms which requires having a good plan in place. This plan is in addition to your base-line pain management plan—not a replacement of it. Please watch my video about my recent pain flare up and how I managed it and then read the remainder of this post.

March 18 - Anticipatory Pain And The Chronic Pain Spiral

People living with chronic pain can sometimes begin a downward spiral when the cascade effect of painful physical symptoms combined with uncomfortable emotion occurs. This is coupled with a negative anticipation effect. People begin to think like a victim; they experience thoughts like “why me” or “poor me” or even “this is must be my punishment.” They start feeling hopeless and helpless, which often leads to grief and depression. Check out my video and then read the remainder of this post.

March 13 - Relaxation Response Work For Effective Chronic Pain Management

My focus today is to discuss a clinical tool that is not often used in chronic pain management—Evoking a Relaxation Responses. Also, I’ve not seen a lot of people using hypnosis or self-hypnosis so I will also be discussing the role of using Self-Hypnosis as a component of my own chronic pain management near the end of this post. To learn more about my personal and professional experiences with Self-Hypnosis please watch my video below and then read the remainder of my post on hypnosis in medicine the past fifty years.

March 11 - Developing Self-Acceptance For Freedom From Suffering

As I was looking through my readings today a lot of the themes with several were on some type of acceptance. And this one by Anne Wilson Shaef really resonated with me as it is all about self-acceptance and compassion for self. This was so helpful in my early stages of waking up from my chronic pain trance before I had resolved the grief and loss that accompanied my injury. Please check out my video then read the remainder of my blog.

March 10 – Dr. Grinstead On Release of Zohydro by the FDA

This month the FDA plans to release Zhydro (“Super Hydrocodone”) despite their own advisory committee recommending not approving this medication. Last month on our News/Research Post titled “Should More Be Done To Protect People From Opioid Overdose Deaths?” where you can learn more. And now we have a new powerful opiate that could potentially worsen this problem. Please check out my video and then read the remainder of my post.

March 3rd, 2014 - Dr. Grinstead On Laurel Ridge Treatment Center In San Antonio Texas

Today I want to share my amazing trip to San Antonio Texas earlier this week. Laurel Ridge is a psychiatric hospital offering a comprehensive continuum of behavioral healthcare services, including acute programs for children, adolescents and adults, and residential treatment for children and adolescents. Please check out my video 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.

February 17 - Sleep Disturbances Impact Chronic Pain Management

Over the past 30 years I have seen that a big problem common to most of my patients who are challenged with chronic pain management is impaired sleep. For some people it is just a minor inconvenience, but for others it can become debilitating. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of this post.

February 10th - Chronic Pain and the Neuroplasticity Effect

Today I want to discuss that in order to achieve the best quality of life and level of functioning, people living with chronic pain must learn as much as they can about the subject of pain and what constitutes effective pain management. We know that pain is a signal that tells us there is damage or something wrong with our system. However, with some chronic pain conditions the system (including the brain) gets altered. The pain system gets turned on and cannot be turned off. I call this the “hijacked” brain or what is often referred to as Neuroplasticity (also called brain plasticity, cortical plasticity or cortical re-mapping). Please watch my video on this topic below and then read the remainder of the post.

February 7th - Avoid the Quick Fix Trap for Chronic Pain Management

When you live with chronic pain it can become very frustrating when you aren’t getting the pain relief you want. I know that when I experience a pain flare up my first reaction is I want it to stop—now! Many of the pain medications were developed for acute pain conditions. Unfortunately, it can soon become very problematic when you use an acute pain plan on a chronic pain problem. Please watch my video below and hear some of my personal thoughts and then read the remainder of this post for some crucial information on the Quick Fix Trap.

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.

Developing Positive Self-Care Plans

As the New Year is getting off to a great start I’ve been working on developing some professional workshops and one of them was on developing good self-care. Whether someone is experiencing mental health problems, substance use related problems or living with chronic pain, it is crucial to develop a positive self-care plan. Please watch my video and then continue with the remainder of this post.

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