First of all, I want to say how very grateful I am for every path that has led me to this time and place in my life. The physical, psychological and spiritual pain I experienced have all contributed to my journey and I would not change a single thing.
I am also incredibly grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my life's mission which would not have been possible without my Recovery, God, and the love of my life, Ellen - my spiritual partner and wife of nearly 32 years. With her strength, support and love my life has been made immeasurably better.
Writing a book is quite a journey that is often a solitary process but at the same time dependent upon the support of others. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for my family, friends, colleagues and every patient who entrusted me with their care.
Onward & Upward with Love and Hope
Whereas Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test is intended to help patients, I also highly recommend it for clinicians as well. The lack of coherence from different mental health allied disciplines, as well as the range of possible models within each discipline makes it perplexing, even overwhelming when the clinician must treat complex, ‘triple diagnosis’ patients.
Dr. Grinstead deftly navigates though this morass in an easy to follow manner. Those who are trained in cognitive behavioral techniques, as well as those with more open ended, experiential or dynamic approaches will find a synthesis that’s easy to apply. I am confident Dr. Grinstead’s efforts will be valuable for those who suffer and for those aspiring to help.
About Dr. Boriskin: Licensed Clinical Psychologist working with PTSD since the diagnosis was first introduced in 1980. He began his career working at the nascent Vet Center Program in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored two books on PTSD and Addiction, lectured on the need for a multi-dimensional treatment model.
As a person who has managed a pain-centric chronic illness for most of my life, I instantly connected with Dr. Grinstead’s perspective on pain and adversity in his new book, Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test. Helen Keller once penned, “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
How can we ever be mindful and grow if we are constantly asking, “Why me? Why now? Why this suffering?” Dr. Grinstead not only clearly and concisely addresses those perceptions in this book, but also gives us the tools to help us succeed in applying them in our daily lives. He breaks down the difference between pain and suffering and allows the reader times of reflection to ground his or her own pain perceptions and biases. I hope anyone living with a chronic pain illness picks up a copy of this book. I know I will be referencing it from now on!
About Ms. Roseta:Award-winning blogger, lupus lobbyist, and Creator of the lupus nonprofit organization More Than Lupus.
With all the focus on reversing overdoses and expanding treatment options for addiction, there remains a gap and confusion on what to do about chronic pain. In Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test, Dr. Stephen Grinstead has stepped ably into that void. He has delivered a compelling and invaluable tool that needs to be read by all – those living in pain, the professionals who treat them, and the rest of us trying to care for loved ones and figure out what to do about this crisis.
While there are other voices calling for integrative approaches today, Dr. Grinstead brings distinct clarity, concrete tools, and empathy to the conversation. He has converted his lived experience into a systematic and integrative approach from which everyone can benefit. I am grateful for the blessing of Dr. Grinstead’s voice and his work.
About Mr. Nelson: Author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain (ForbesBooks 2019) and From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care (2017), which both grew out of his advocacy work as a healthcare regulatory lawyer.
Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test explores the journey of suffering that people often experience when living with debilitating chronic pain. It offers a roadmap to help people move beyond suffering; to thrive, instead of just survive.
Dr. Grinstead demonstrates how four of his complex chronic pain patients progressed through treatment and the significant improvements they experienced in all their quality of life domains as a result of completing their treatment journey. These complex chronic pain patients need a whole person approach that this book clearly demonstrates.
Mel Pohl, M.D. DFASAM: Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center
Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead is a gifted and talented writer who knows how to keep the reader engaged. His extensive knowledge of pain management, his personal experiences and research, makes him the expert you want to rely on when you need information.
As a ghostwriter for many physicians and scientists, I'v never come across such a well written book as Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test.
About Mr. Riddle: Medical Author and Ghostwriter and Founder of I Love To Write Day. Mr. Riddle is also the author of 35 books, including 6 business titles, and has worked as a ghostwriter on numerous projects. His byline has appeared in major publications across the U.S., and he has written articles for over 200 Websites.
As a parent, clinician, educator, consultant, and business owner in private practice, I endorse Dr. Grinstead’s latest publication, Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test, and highly recommend it for people suffering with chronic pain and the clinicians working with them. Recognizing the complexities and impact pain and addiction has on patients and their families was not a part of my training.
Dr. Grinstead’s life-time dedication and expertise demonstrated throughout this book, is an eye opener for those of us working on the front lines. Having this knowledge and being able to comfortably and non-judgmentally talk to my patients about chronic pain has been liberating.
About Ms. Rahel-Ahmadzai, LMFT: Mental Health Professional with over twenty years working with adults and teens in a variety of settings.
Dr. Grinstead, thank you for sharing your new book. I found it full of healing and very inspiring. I love the use of individual stories that are always so relatable to each and every one of us. When we can see ourselves in other’s struggles, we come to realize that separation is an illusion and that we are all interconnected.
Thank You Adversity is full of tools and methods and most of all hope that we can all benefit from. Throughout Dr. Grinstead's book multiple path-ways of recovery are strongly woven throughout that can help us see when we change the way we look at things the things we look at change. Thank you for the dedication to finding positive ways of healing.
Trude Scharff, M. Ed.: Former Coordinator Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies and Wellbriety Medicine Wheel 12 Step Circle of Recovery Facilitator.
A powerful read! Dr. Grinstead’s book was immensely valuable in helping me to understand more deeply the effects early childhood trauma had on my physical challenges, chronic pain manage-ment and personal recovery. I have experienced many of the things that he articulated in such detail, such as the reflexive tensing response and anticipatory pain. His explanations about how unhealthy thinking leads to self-defeating behaviors and the way to differentiate between pain and suffering are exceptional.
He took the complex experience of chronic pain suffering and illuminated a path through it by providing both guidance and much-needed hope for those of us who live with chronic pain conditions and addictive behaviors.
About Maggie S: A wife, mother, pastoral care minister and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She copes with anxiety, depression, and PTSD due to childhood trauma, Fibromyalgia, Hashimotos disease, and other chronic conditions.
I have had my own issues with pain and found Dr. Grinstead’s book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test to be well written, easy to understand and follow. Because of my experience in Al-Anon, AA, the Seat of the Soul programs, as well as my time with Shamans and Jesuits,
I especially appreciate the Spiritual aspects he included for helping to free people from their suffering.
I strongly suggest anyone living with chronic pain and/or addiction issues, the people who love them, or those working with them to read this book.
About Mr. Thrift: A life-long learner on his own Spiritual Journey for many decades. He has faced and overcame many of his own personal health adversities and continues to thrive despite those challenges.
Thanks to Dr Grinstead for Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test. Here is another valuable contribution to the pain recovery literature.
Dr Grinstead truly walks his talk, living by the philosophy and practices that he teaches. He has helped thousands of individuals with complex pain through his direct clinical work, trainings, workshops and publications. His latest book offers a clear and useful roadmap for dealing with the unavoidable adversities of living with chronic pain and it attendant suffering.
About Dr. Lerner: Board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Addiction Medicine. He is currently the director of the Professionals and Executives Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson and the creator of the Complicated Pain Recovery™ Professional Coach Training Workshop.
Thank You, Adversity, For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, focuses on identifying the systemic nature of the problem and suggests a synergistic treatment solution. Dr. Grinstead offers A true Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to healing.
Dr. Grinstead is optimistic in his tone as he shares his personal and professional experience. Readers will recover lost hope and inspiration that may shift their current relationship with chronic pain.
About Dr. Pirtle: Developer of Project Skillfully Aware; Writer and Producer of the documentary, Is Your Story Making You Sick? Faculty for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr Grinstead’s extensive experience in chronic pain management gives great credence to his latest book. He uses a multidimensional approach to help those with chronic pain, mental health problems and addiction.
Beginning with an honest assessment of the "why" of a patient's situation, he methodically breaks down each aspect and provides proven reasoning and personalized solutions. A great approach.
Mr. Robert Mayber: Retired Business Development Advisor First National Bank North Platte, Nebraska
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Over the past several years we have seen the perfect storm of over prescribing opioids, the mismanagement of chronic pain through over dependence on the traditional bio-medical model, as well as untreated mental health disorders – especially unresolved trauma or PTSD.
As Dr. Grinstead wrote this book, thousands of people were dying every year from Prescription Opioid overdoses, many of them were suffering with chronic pain. The strategic integrated team approach Dr. Grinstead presents in Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test is his contribution toward resolving this tragic Syndemic. This book was designed to help people with complex chronic pain problems, many of whom do not benefit from the traditional bio-medical model because of coexisting mental health issues, including unresolved trauma and medication use disorders. The challenges facing chronic pain patients is a synergistic treatment problem which needs the synergistic treatment solution described in this book.
Dr. Grinstead believes that “Knowledge is Power” and only when people suffering with chronic pain explore all the facets of their condition, not only biologically, but emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, will they truly gain freedom from that suffering.
Using a manualized multidisciplinary approach, this book also demonstrates how four complex chronic pain patients progressed through treatment. It describes their levels of functioning at the beginning, some of the key work they did throughout the book, and then the significant improvements they experienced in all the quality of life domains as a result of completing their treatment journey.
Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test, includes Dr. Grinstead's personal and professional chronic pain journey. It outlines what he has learned from his experience in research and writing, as well as conference presentations. Teaching thousands of healthcare providers on how to work more effectively with chronic pain patients using his evidence-based Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM™) Treatment System is part of his life’s mission – Teaching People How To Help People. All this has culminated in the book you now hold in your hands. Please use it well and share it with others who can benefit from its message of hope and healing.
The title of this book arose from the wisdom of one of Dr. Grinstead’s most important mentors, Sensei Richard Kim. It explores the journey of suffering that people often experience when living with chronic pain. It offers a roadmap to help people move beyond it; to thrive, instead of just survive. The Author demonstrates how four of his complex chronic pain patients progressed through their treatment journey and the significant improvements they experienced in all their quality of life domains.
This book highlights Dr. Stephen Grinstead’s personal and professional chronic pain journey. It includes his experience in research and writing, as well as conference presentations. Teaching thousands of healthcare providers on how to work more effectively with chronic pain using his evidence-based Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM™) Manualized Treatment System is part of his life’s mission – Teaching People How To Help People. This hard work has culminated in Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test. Dr. Grinstead’s hope is that you will use it well and share it with others who can benefit from its message of hope and healing.
Thousands of people are dying every year from Prescription Opioid overdoses, many of them are suffering with chronic pain with coexisting mental health and medication use disorders. The strategic integrated team approach Dr. Grinstead presents in Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test is his contribution toward resolving this tragic Syndemic.
This book was designed to help people with complex chronic pain problems, many of whom do not benefit from the traditional bio-medical model because of their coexisting mental health issues, including unresolved trauma and medication use disorders. This synergistic treatment problem needs the synergistic treatment solution outlined in this book.
ASAM Book Chapter Collaboration: Evidence-Based Peer-Reviewed Manual: The American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook on Pain and Addiction, published in 2018. At the request of The American Society of Addiction Medicine Dr. Stephen Grinstead and Stephen Colameco, M.D., M.Ed., FASAM developed Chapter 17 entitled; Self-Directed Non-Pharmacologic Management of Chronic Pain.