Local Organizations and Support Groups
Whether you’re seeking help for yourself or someone else, you’re in the right place. The following organizations and support groups exist to help Oregonians understand persistent pain, so that people living with pain can develop effective treatment strategies and resolve any dependency they may have on prescription pain relievers.
AACT Beyond Pain Program
This program uses modern pain science, evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help students understand what pain is and develop tools to change their experience of it.
The course lasts eight weeks and is open to anyone with persistent pain, be it physical, emotional, or both. (Pain is pain.) Each class includes 90 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes of gentle chair yoga. Watch the AACT Beyond Pain video for an overview by program creator and facilitator Lianne Dyche. For more information, contact email@example.com or call (541) 967-3866 x2529.
Samaritan Good Move Program
This is an eight-week program based on the Move Beyond Pain® curriculum. The class provides a basic understanding of persistent pain, covering topics such as medications, supplements, exercise, diet, therapy, and biomechanics. Participants learn methods to set goals, get moving and reduce stress.
The course is offered in Albany and Lebanon. Registration costs $50; limited scholarships are available. Call (541) 768-4855 for more information.
Living Well with Chronic Pain
This free, six-session workshop helps adults with persistent pain access resources and build skills to care for themselves through their pain and live life to the fullest. The workshop teaches participants about exercise, the use of medications, communication skills, nutrition, and pacing. Participants also learn techniques for dealing with some of the side effects of persistent pain, such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep.
This program is available in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. Call (541) 768-6070 for more information.
Thriving with Pain
Are you tired of suffering or just surviving persistent pain? Come connect with others who live with persistent pain — and want to thrive. This group is based on the book From Ow to Wow! Five Steps to Thriving with Pain, by Amber Rose Dullea, MA, M.Div. It offers:
- A warm, safe, nurturing space
- Shared experiences, ideas, resources, information, and humor
- Opportunities to connect with others facing similar challenges
- New understanding and ability to thrive
Facilitator Amber Rose Dullea, MA, M.Div. is an inspiring, humorous coach and speaker. She brings an embodied compassion to her work, having lived for over a decade with fibromyalgia and persistent migraines. She combines humor, a whole system approach, a background as a Licensed Massage Therapist, and nurturing coaching skills to support individuals who live with persistent pain, helping them thrive again by finding and living their Wow!
This group is based in Waldport with availability in Newport. Please call to confirm location, day, and meeting time. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 810-4163.
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