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Talking to others with lived experience with chronic pain can help you understand what is possible when living with pain. You will see for yourself that you are not alone and you don’t have to go it alone.  Peer support groups can help you can learn new ways to manage both the physical and mental aspects of pain. Participation in peer-support groups has been found to help people stay on course with their recovery and avert setbacks.

Benefits of Peer Support groups include:

  • Not feeling that you are alone
  • Making new friends
  • Discovering effective ways to cope with pain
  • Helping you stick to your treatment plans
  • Developing a greater sense of control over your condition
  • Sharing a sense of helping bring about new achievements or avoiding setbacks.

Finding a Peer Support Group

The are a variety of peer support groups for people with chronic pain. Below are some resources to help you find one that works for you.

Support group in Maine: The Chronic Pain Support Group of Southern Maine provides a safe place where people with chronic pain can support one another, develop friendships, share ideas and thoughts, obtain information about their condition from professionals and each other, and learn coping skills in a nonjudgmental and caring atmosphere.

The group meets via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. Information about upcoming meetings and events can also be found here or on our Facebook Page.