Live Seminar

Freedom from Chronic Pain and Suffering: A Journey of Hope


  • Describe a treatment plan that includes medication management, psychological/emotional healing, as well as developing improved levels social/cultural and spiritual growth
  • Identify the five major challenges that can get in the way of an effective chronic pain management plan
  • Identify the seven strategic steps needed to help their patients achieve freedom from suffering
  • Identify three potential roadblocks that patients need to overcome to achieve higher levels of functioning and an improved quality of life


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This seminar runs from 9am to 4pm.

This seminar runs from 9am to 5pm.


Course Description

Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. This sobering report is from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). For people living with chronic pain, these statistics do not come close to capturing the suffering they continue to experience. Participants will learn what clients need in order to be free from suffering. The answer will be different for each person, but this presentation covers the general areas that are important to focus on and develop. These areas are as follows: (A) physical; (B) psychological (thinking /feeling); (C) social/cultural; and (D) spiritual, as these are the ones most impacted when living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders on a daily basis. It is not just about the physical body. This means that if a chronic pain treatment plan does not adequately address all four areas, that plan will not be as effective as it could be, and patients may continue to suffer. This presentation also explains what an effective chronic pain management treatment plan must contain three major components: (1) Effective and safe medication management. (2) A plan to manage the psychological/emotional components of pain. (3) A proactive practice of non-medication based and holistic interventions.

Pricing: $199 (Early Registration), $219 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


Stephen F. Grinstead Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place—A Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California. He is author of the book Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope as well as author of several other pain management books including Managing Pain and 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, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984. 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. Since 1996 Dr. Grinstead has conducted Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; as well as Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over forty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 600 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

Registration Information

A continental breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in the registration fee for all seminars.

The course fee is determined by the date of payment in relation to the course date:

  • Early Registration: If payment is received 3 weeks prior to the seminar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the seminar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the seminar. After that time, there will be no refunds. If a course must be cancelled due to an unforeseen event (e.g., natural disaster, instructor illness), the seminar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS seminar. No refunds will be given.

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