Why Addiction-Free Pain Management®?
Addiction to prescription opioids has increased over 1,000 percent the past four years. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) posted an update on December 16, 2016 with some staggering statistics:
- Over 1,000 people a day are being treated for prescription opioid overdose incidents with the three most common being methadone, Oxycodone/OxyContin, and Hydrocodone.
- As many as 91 people a day are dying from opioid overdose events.
- Between 1999 and 2015 there were over 183,000 deaths directly related to prescription opiates.
- In 2014 over 2 Million Americans experienced prescription medication abuse and/or addiction. Many say this is an opioid epidemic.
We consider chronic pain a coexisting disorder and as serious health a crisis as the opiod epidemic. Many people in the grip of an addiction to opioids say that it started with a pain problem. In fact in June 2011 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated that as many as 116 million people were experiencing chronic pain and the cost of chronic pain management in the United States alone today is over $635 Billion per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.
When you combine that with a person undergoing chronic pain management who is also experiencing other co-existing disorders such as addiction to prescription pain medication, then the problem reaches even more epidemic proportions. Every week on the news or in the media there are reports on the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs used in the treatment of chronic pain. The numbers of people impacted are staggering.
Unfortunately, the research numbers don’t come close to capturing the cost of the human pain and suffering experienced by those individuals suffering with addiction whose pain condition is either under-treated or mistreated. The impact on family and friends is just as devastating. As someone who has lived with chronic pain for many years and has worked professionally with this population since 1984, Dr. Stephen Grinstead, the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of A Healing Place – The Estates, has been committed to addressing this overwhelming problem. Throughout his career Dr. Grinstead has seen many people relapse and some even die as a result their addiction, under-treated or mis-managed chronic pain condition and other coexisting medical and psychological disorders.
The Addiction-Free Pain Management® (APM™) Treatment System that Dr. Grinstead developed is a Triple Diagnoses approach—Addiction, Mental Health Disorders, and Chronic Pain—and is at the core of the Healing Place – The Estates Clinical Model. It addresses the whole person, with treatment plans focused on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual domains, as well as the impact on family members and significant others.