For the past 30 years, the American Chronic Pain Association has been helping people live fuller lives in spite of their pain. Their goal is to provide people with the tools they need, in addition to what their health care providers offer, so that they can improve their skills in the self-management of chronic pain. The ACPA focuses on helping the person with pain become an active partner on the health care team.
ACPA's mission is to: 1) Facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain, and 2) To raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.
The organization publishes a quarterly newsletter ACPA Chronicle, the ACPA Member's Workbook, an advanced pain management workbook, and two relaxation tapes to help members understand chronic pain and enhance their participation in an ACPA group. A leader's manual is available to anyone interested in starting a group. Leaders must be people with chronic pain.
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