A recent study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by University of Utah professor Eric. L Garland has linked mindfulness to reduction of cravings for prescription drugs. Garland’s study utilized mindfulness-oriented techniques, including reappraisal and savoring, or focusing attention on positive events, to alleviate pain and cravings. By implementing mindful approaches and focusing attention on positive experiences, Garland found that “the more the patients’ brains became active in response to natural healthy pleasure, the less the patients craved opioids.” These findings reflect the potential effectiveness of mindfulness methods in aiding the recovery process.

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