Meditation makes drugs for treating opioid addiction 1.5 times more effective

Meditation may make drugs for treating opioid addiction 1.5 times more effective by easing anxiety and cravings of withdrawal Between 40% and 60% of people recovering from drug addiction relapse Researchers treated one group of people with a combination of mindfulness and methadone therapy Mindfulness is a mediation practice that focuses on being aware of the present and methadone is a medication used in treating drug addiction Patients being treated with the combination therapy were 1.3 times better at controlling drug cravings than those treated with just methadone The combination therapy patients also reported less chronic pain, less stress and more positive emotions 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:56 BST, 17 October 2019 | Updated: 22:57 BST, 17 October 2019

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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)

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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