Educating patients about enjoying their lives can go a long way to helping patients who are dependent on prescription opioids to reduce their pain reduce their cravings, according to a study published online.
Eric L. Garland, associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, and colleagues employed an intervention they have dubbed "Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE)" to help patients, over an eight-week period of instruction, reduce their cravings, while also educating them how to appreciate their lives.
According to the study "the MORE intervention concentrates on helping people to recover a sense of meaning and fulfillment in everyday life, embracing its pleasures and pain without turning to substance use as a coping mechanism. It integrates the latest research on addiction, cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness."
How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? That is the question at the center of a recent study from the University of Utah College of Social Work. Researchers studied how an intervention program for chronic pain patients called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) decreased patients’ desire for prescription drugs.