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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.

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.

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.

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.

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