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Utah study: Mindfulness intervention boosts brain activation for health pleasures

December 7, 2014

optimism(Salt Lake City) –How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives.

That’s the key finding in a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by Eric L. Garland, associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work. Garland and colleagues studied how an intervention program for chronic pain patients called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) decreased patients’ desire for prescription drugs.

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. Participants in Garland’s study received eight 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.

Read more at http://www.sciencecodex.com/utah_study_mindfulness_intervention_boosts_brain_activation_for_health_pleasures-146935

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