Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders


Course Overview

Chronic pain is an incapacitating medical condition that includes many treatment challenges.  Many healthcare providers struggle to adequately support patients living with chronic pain and coexisting conditions such as substance use disorders and other mental health conditions, including trauma disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, sleep disorders, and other psychosocial and psychological problems. 

Chronic pain patients have acute treatment needs, and the use of opioid analgesics has contributed to an overreliance on opioids in America, contributing to the opioid epidemic. Treatment outcomes are improved when providers are aware of the obstacles facing patients living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders. 

Historically, when individuals struggling with chronic pain and comorbid addictive disorders enrolled in focused chronic pain management programs, they often failed due to under-managed or unmanaged symptoms of substance use disorders or mental health disorders. Additionally, chronic pain patients who go through a typical addiction treatment program may be seen as “drug-seeking/med seeking” and their pain may not be adequately managed, further contributing to treatment failures. This course will educate participants about the factors and underlying problems and obstacles that contribute to the complexity inappropriately treating individuals with chronic pain disorders.

When working with people suffering from chronic pain it is crucial to be aware of the cultural and family dynamics that could sabotage effective treatment.  This workshop addresses these types of obstacles and covers recommended interventions needed for positive treatment outcomes.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss two or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain patients with coexisting disorders.
  • List three or more financial, familial, or societal costs often experienced by patients experiencing chronic pain and coexisting disorders.
  • Identify three or more of the most common coexisting disorders chronic pain patients experience.
  • List three or more common obstacles facing patients with chronic pain and coexisting disorders.
  • Describe two or more common self-defeating reactions people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders exhibit that may negatively influence treatment outcomes.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB,  & NBCC

State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board # 20-774858 (C2)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1000
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self

    • Lecture1.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders

    • Lecture2.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders
  • QUIZ 1

    • Quiz3.1
      Freedom From Chronic Pain Suffering: Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders 15 questions
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, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.