Chronic Pain Anonymous (CPA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from the disabling effects of chronic pain and chronic illness. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from the emotional and spiritual debilitation of chronic pain and chronic illness. There are no dues or fees for CPA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. CPA does not ally with any organization or institution.
Many of us have been unwilling to admit that we have a problem when handling our chronic pain or illness. Therefore, it is not surprising that our lives have been characterized by countless doctors, diets, and alternative therapies, with the hope of controlling our pain and illness so we can return to the lives that we had before we became ill or injured. The idea that somehow, someday, we will control our pain and illness is our great obsession. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing and many pursue this into isolation, addiction, anger, fear, and depression.
CPA offers friendship, hope, sanity, and peace. We achieve this as individuals, groups, and a fellowship by practicing our Twelve Steps of recovery and by being guided by our Twelve Traditions. Each of them embodies a set of principles for living life effectively, inside and outside CPA.