By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:56 BST, 17 October 2019 | Updated: 22:57 BST, 17 October 2019
Practicing meditation may be able to help people reduce opioid cravings, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that people who practiced 'mindfulness' meditation and received methadone - medication that treats narcotic addiction - were nearly 1.5 times better at controlling cravings than those who just received methadone treatment.
They also reported reduced symptoms of stress and more positive emotions than people just receiving medication for addiction.
Treatment with methadone is currently considered by doctors the gold standard for opioid addiction treatment.
But the team, from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says using meditation as an adjunct may be able to help patients control side effects such as anxiety and depression.
A new study from Rutgers University in New Jersey, found those recovering from opioid addiction were better at controlling cravings if they practiced mindfulness along with using methadone (file image)
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