Former Director of Gilda's Club Starting New Group for People Experiencing Chronic Pain; Introductory Meeting on Monday, May 13th in Royal Oak

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Relationship Institute Sponsors New Weekly Group for People Experiencing Chronic Pain; Introductory Meeting on Monday May 13th in Royal Oak, All Welcome

Royal Oak, Michigan: 110 million Americans suffer from Chronic Pain. Michigan’s leading psycho-educational service organization for relationship enrichment, Relationship Institute, has announced a new group forming to provide support and tools for managing Chronic Pain - see

Chronic pain is pain that lasts beyond the term of an injury or painful stimulus. It can also refer to cancer pain, pain from chronic or degenerative disease, and pain from an unidentified cause. Chronic pain is often something that can't be “cured,” but rather a condition that individuals can “manage” in life. Others may not always understand the impact that chronic pain can have on a person's overall quality of life; thus a person dealing with chronic pain can feel alone and frustrated in finding a way to better cope with the condition.

The Relationship Institute is starting a weekly support group for individuals coping with Chronic Pain, under the facilitation of Michelle T. Warren, LMSW Michelle has worked for 14 years with people with cancer (many of whom have had issues with chronic pain), and has been a social worker for nearly 20 years. She is compassionate and supportive, and supports the group therapy model of individuals helping others to find effective ways to cope with illness.

Although the group will be an open-ended, open format support group, to start the group topics will include the following:

  •     Alternative/complementary methods to manage pain
  •     How chronic pain can affect relationships
  •     Relaxation techniques to cope with chronic pain
  •     Finding ways to advocate for oneself with medical staff

There will be a free Introductory group on Monday, May 13th from 7-8:30pm at the Relationship Institute: 27172 Woodward Avenue, Suite 200, Royal Oak

Contact Michelle at 248 546 0407 or email her at info(at)relationship-institute(dot)com

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