2018 Winter Symposium: Presentations and Recap
This year’s Winter Symposium, as always, did not disappoint. With over 1400 attendees in different professions within the treatment industry, the event serves as a one stop shop to reconnect with old colleagues, develop new strategic partnerships, and attend workshops that highlight recent advancements in the world of addiction treatment.
Dr. Stephen Grinstead and Dr. Joseph Cabaret, MD, executives here at A Healing Place – The Estates, were both very excited to share their presentations with those in attendance. On the first day of the symposium, Drs. Grinstead and Cabaret presented on The Role of MAT [Medication Assisted Treatment] Addressing the Opioid and Chronic Pain Epidemic. It was apparent at this year’s conference that more professionals were recognizing the complexity of guiding a chronic pain patient into lasting addiction recovery, and they were eager for answers. Below is a small clip from their presentation.
The video is a snapshot of the problem at large: for many complex chronic pain patients, sole reliance on the biomedical model is no longer effective. Opioid medications such as Vicodin and Oxycontin lose their ability to manage pain and gradually begin to increases pain sensitivity over time (see opioid induced hyperalgesia). Patients must be tapered down off the high levels of opioids, then transitioned to recovery friendly medications.
Additionally, the biomedical model does not take into consideration how chronic pain can influence suffering in other aspects of your life. This includes psychological suffering (anxiety, depression, trauma), social suffering (isolation, inactivity), and spiritual suffering (loss of purpose, direction, and connection with a higher power). Addressing each of these components simultaneously is a core component of our Whole Person Approach to long term chronic pain management.
The Symposium also served as an opportunity for Dr. Grinstead to share the origin of the Addiction Free Pain Management System, which is the foundation of our curriculum here at A Healing Place – The Estates. This was followed by a discussion on the topic of Fentynal and Benzos Don’t Mix, But Many People Try!
You will hear about halfway through the presentation that Drs. Cabaret and Grinstead would be showing a video. The video they are referencing is one titled Its Not About the Nail. In the video, a couple are seated on a couch and the women expresses she has aches and pains in her forehead, but she cannot figure out what the problem is. The man points out the fact she has a nail protruding from her forehead, but the woman insists it is not about the nail. Hilarity ensues, but their is a much deeper meaning to the video that can be applied to society’s expectations with symptom care. Watch Its Not About the Nail here.
As you hear Dr. Cabaret say, we believe the nail is everything attached to the pain that we don’t want to talk about. For many chronic pain patients, their condition is accompanied by some form of trauma. Trauma, PTSD, and grief and loss over prior levels of functioning are major pain influencers. However, these conditions are the nail we wish to ignore, and are routinely ignored by physicians. Doctors will look at the physical evidence of the pain, and try to find solutions with pills, shots and injections. As a society, we have allowed this, and we have become expectant of immediate symptom relief through a prescribed solution.
We must address the physical evidence of pain and attempt to manage it, but when this fails to yield results we must look at the whole person. This is our philosophy here at A Healing Place – The Estates. We address an individual’s suffering on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual levels, and tailor a treatment plan to optimize your success. To learn more about treatment options for you or a loved one, call us directly at 844-388-4100. You can also learn more about our programs here.