Updated 04 July 2014

Intervention to combat misuse of opioid painkillers

A new intervention for chronic pain, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, is designed to train people to respond differently to pain, stress and opioid-related cues.


With nearly one-third of Americans suffering from chronic pain, prescription opioid painkillers have become the leading form of treatment for this debilitating condition.

The MORE intervention

MORE is currently being tested in a pilot brain imaging trial as a smoking cessation treatment, and there are plans to test the intervention with people suffering from mental health problems who also have alcohol addiction. Further testing on active-duty soldiers with chronic pain and a larger trial among civilians is planned. If studies continue to demonstrate positive outcomes, MORE could be prescribed by doctors as an adjunct to traditional pain management services.

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