Intervention Program Found Effective in Boosting Brain Response to Healthy Pleasures

A new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that an intervention program for chronic pain patients called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) decreased patients’ desire for, and misuse of, prescription drugs. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Utah College of Social Work.

Participants in the study—patients with chronic pain who had a history of opioid misuse­—received 8 weeks of instruction in applying mindfulness-oriented techniques to alleviate pain and craving while strengthening positive emotions and the sense of reward and meaning in life. Results showed that following completion of the program, these patients exhibited increased brain activation on an EEG to natural healthy pleasures. The more their brains became active in response to natural healthy pleasure, the less the patients craved opioids.

Read more about the study results here.

 

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