Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS, CADC-II
Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and a current Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years.
From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Residential and Intensive Outpatient Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, as well as author of several other pain management books including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is also an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. He has been working with chronic pain management, relapse prevention, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.
This week I’m at Valley Forge Medical Center and hospital in Norristown PA for an APM™ Center of Excellence site visit and one day staff training that they generously opened up to the professional community. They are committed to becoming the first Center of Excellence on the East Coast and are...Read
Clearly Defining Relapse Is Crucial If you ask someone in the medical field about relapse, they most likely will say relapse is going back to an active state of a disease after a period of remission. When you ask someone recovering from inappropriate use of medications, including using alcohol...Read
According to research published in Pain Physician Journal as recently as 2006, 90 percent of people in the US receiving treatment for pain management were prescribed opiate medication. Of that number 9 to 41 percent had opiate abuse/addiction problems. The research also stated that 16 percent...Read
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When you live with chronic pain, it can be 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! Because many pain medications were developed for acute pain conditions, problems can arise...Read
In 2009, I was fortunate to spend ten long days in prison. I was not incarcerated, but rather I was there to participate as an instructor in the 315-hour-long Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP) at California State Prison, Solano. This classroom education and skills training was provided...Read
Co-authored by: Terrence T. Gorski, & Wayne Blampied We live in a time when the need for addiction treatment has never been greater and in an era where technology has the potential to improve the human condition as never before. Unfortunately, this potential is not being fully used in the...Read
I was very fortunate last week to spend 20 hours in prison. Not to worry I was not incarcerated but rather there to do my part in the 270 hour alcohol/drug counselor training program that is being spearheaded by Options Recovery’s Tom Gorham. Mr. Gorham is also the President Elect of CAADAC...Read
Anyone in recovery from an addictive disorder is at risk for a potential relapse episode but people who are also living with chronic pain are at a much higher danger of relapse. These people need a different type primary treatment and relapse prevention treatment. That is why I have developed the...Read
One of the most frequent questions I get at my trainings is “what are the major reasons people abuse their pain medication?” In my opinion under-treated (or mis-treated) or mis-diagnosed pain is right up there, especially when we’re talking about a chronic pain condition. For many of the...Read
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