Mindfulness exercises can reduce drug dependence

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Washington: A new intervention programme called Mindfulness-Oriented

Recovery Enhancement (MORE) has been developed for chronic pain

patients that decreases their addiction for drugs.

The programme concentrates on helping people gain a sense of meaning

and fulfilment in life and embrace pleasures and pain of life without

turning to substance use as a coping mechanism.

"The findings are scientifically important because over time, drug

abusers become dulled to the experience of joy in everyday life and

this pushes them to use higher doses of drugs to feel happiness,"

explained Eric L. Garland, associate professor at University of Utah

College of Social Work, in the US.

Participants 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


They were taught a "mindful savouring practice" in which they focused

attention on pleasant experiences such as a beautiful nature scene.

During meditation, they were taught to focus on colours, textures and

scents of a bouquet of fresh flowers and to appreciate joy arising

from the experience.

As part of their daily homework, they were then asked to practice the

meditation technique as a way to enjoy other pleasant life


After chronic pain patients misusing opioids went through MORE, they

exhibited increased brain activation to natural healthy pleasures,

showed the study.

The method is also being tested on people who want to quit smoking or

lose weight.

The study appeared in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine.

Credit: IANS

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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