Your experience of pain is real.
Pain can affect all areas of your life.
Pain can lead to suffering and negatively affect your outlook on life.

Pain has a purpose. It is intended to protect your body and improve your chances of survival. But sometimes, with chronic pain, your body becomes overprotective to the point that simple activities are too painful to tolerate.

Medications can help with chronic pain but not everyone benefits from pain medication and there are risks involved. Fortunately there are other options that can provide relief. If you are considering reducing or maintaining your use of pain medications, the information and support here will help you reduce your suffering and help you find renewed purpose and re-engage with the things that matter in your life.

Your pain recovery journey starts here...

Let’s start by learning more about your pain and how it is affecting you.
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Thank you for being the caring person that you are. You might identify your self as a “caregiver” or you may view yourself as a committed friend or family member to someone (or many) who is (or are) suffering. You care enough to try to find out more about taking care of yourself so that you can help that person who you care for even better.

There is a shift happening in how pain is being managed. We had become quite comfortable with the use of prescribed opioid medications for pain in the past 20 years, but the simplistic approach of medication alone is now being questioned.


Access the resources you need to help understand and manage your chronic pain. Explore this comprehensive directory of services and information.

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