My name is Sam Alexander and I know what I’m talking about because I have taken control of my pain. It no longer defines my life. After ten years of dinking around with surgeries, nerve blocks, acupuncture, and a whole raft of other treatments—I mean really – I’ve covered the gamut from western medicine to eastern modalities, to every sort of massage therapy you can think of. (Not everything mind you – there are endless modalities, endless suggestions of what you “should do” to be pain free.) This is important to know: all of these have their place, including opioid medications. I’ve done my time with them as well. But I finally broke through, got off medication and have my life back. I want to offer that opportunity to you.

It is clear to me that because it is hard, because breaking the grip of pain is hard and complex we need some help and support along the way. I am an advocate, teacher, researcher and coach in the area of Persistent Pain. I work to help and support Chronic Pain patients in a variety of ways.

 I know the terrain and I was a pastor for 20+ years. I know how to be with people in the worst of times. I don’t care what you think you’ve done or not done, I won’t judge you. My friends say that what I’m best at is encouragement. Not the “atta boy, pat you on the back” kind of encouragement, but the kind where I see what is real and valuable in you and fan that flame.

I’ve been trained and endorsed by Dr. Michael Moskowitz, who is one of the leading figures in the development of Neuroplastic Pain Treatment. In fact it was Dr. Moskowitz who first asked me to do this work. He did that in part because of my experience with pain, but also because I’m a Certified Unique Self Coach, and pastor. He knows I can stand with people in pain.

I’ve learned that Medical Cannabis has tremendous potential to help people in pain. It is not a magic bullet, but then there is no “magic bullet! But with thoughtful and judicious use, medical cannabis can make all the difference.  I hold a certificate in Cannabis Science form the University of Vermont.

I wonder if you can imagine a life that is not controlled by pain, one where your social life, your vocational life and your recreational life are not defined by what your pain will and will not let you do. If I were you I’d be rolling my eyes about now. That’s my one big worry ab0ut what I’m trying to do. I’m concerned that people will write this off as a pleasant and unrealistic fantasy. Please hang in there with me, what I’m saying isn’t a scheme, it is real. It takes commitment and hard work. It takes encouragement. I wished I had someone walking with me as I tackled the challenge of Chronic Pain. I want to be that person for other people.