Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Inspiring Excellence, Promoting Change

Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Recovery-Friendly MAT For Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorders

Thursday, October 31, 2019
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Plaza Ballroom

This workshop will review FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, and discuss the best ways to support individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment in recovery residences.

Psychological Behavioral Healthcare providers are on the front line to accurately assess, intervene upon and develop appropriate treatment plans for the patient with a chronic pain condition and coexisting opioid use disorders. According to the Institute of Medicine there are over 100 million people in the U.S. living with chronic pain. In the past five years, prescription opioid use disorders have increased over 1,000 percent and only about a third of people needing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will be able to get it.

A major focus of this Presentation will center on identification and effective intervention and treatment of prescription opioid use disorders for chronic pain patients using a Recovery-Friendly MAT Approach when indicated. Participants will learn what people 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) Biological/Physical; (B) Psychological (thinking /feeling); (C) ocial/family/cultural; and (D) Spiritual. All four of these areas are impacted when living with chronic pain and coexisting opioid use disorders on a daily basis. It is not just about the physical body, so we need to help people step away from a pure Bio-Medical Model. This means that if a treatment plan does not adequately address all four areas, that plan will not be as effective as it needs to be, and patients will continue to suffer.


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 Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering and 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 health 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.