Author: Stephen Grinstead

Stephen Grinstead
Dr. Stephen Grinstead has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He is currently Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer for A Healing Place - The Estates in Camarillo California; a chronic pain functional restoration program.

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.

Dr. Grinstead 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. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Healing Place - a Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo California.

Dr. Grinstead is 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 (please visit www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com for more information). He has been working with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984.

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 Therapy, Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling, seminars and certification trainings for over thirty thousand healthcare professionals therapists and counselors at more than 400 training seminars in key cities across the United States and Canada.

Since 2012 Dr. Grinstead has also functioned as an Expert Witness in hearings regarding professional license status at risk due to alcohol or other drug use. Prior to 2015 he conducted addiction and mental health forensic evaluations for several different California State Licensing Boards and was a Clinical Assessor for the Maximus Diversion Monitoring Program in California where he assessed safety to work with the public, appropriateness for the diversion program and treatment recommendations.

Dr. Grinstead has authored and/or co-authored books and pamphlets, including the books listed below.

Dr. Grinstead’s Publications:
Addiction-Free Pain Management® Workbook Revised 2007
Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide — Second Edition 2008
Addiction-Free Pain Management® — The Professional Guide (out of press)
Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the APM™ System
Recovery & Relapse Prevention for Food Addiction Workbook (out of press)
The Eating Addiction Relapse Prevention Workbook
APM™ Module One: Understanding and Evaluating Your Chronic Pain Symptoms
APM™ Module Two: Examining Your Potential Medication Management Problems
APM™ Module Three: Understanding and Developing Effective Pain Management
APM™ Module Four: A Guide for Managing Pain Medication in Recovery
Denial Management Counseling for Effective Pain Management Workbook
The Denial Management Counseling Workbook for Addictive Disorders
The Denial Management Counseling Professional Guide
The Revised Relapse Prevention Therapy Workbook
Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope


In addition, Dr. Grinstead has numerous peer-reviewed publications. You can learn more on his website at www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com.
  • Credentials:
    Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science
    Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology
    Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD)
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT)
    Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS)
  • Titles:
    Faculty member of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program
    Taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School
    Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track
  • Organizations:
    Conducted seminars and certification training in Addiction-Free Pain Management®; Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; Relapse Prevention Counseling, Relapse Prevention for Eating Addiction and Denial Management Counseling
    Expert Witness for both prosecution and defense in hearings regarding professional license status at risk due to alcohol or other drug use
    Conducted addiction and mental health forensic evaluations for multiple California State Licensing Boards
    Clinical Assessor for the Maximus Diversion Monitoring Program in California
  • Expertise:
    Internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the
    Developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System
    Works with pain management, chemical addictive disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders
    Clinical Director of Training and Consultation for the Gorski-CENAPS ® Corporation
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