A mindful approach to chronic pain and opioid use

Using mindfulness meditation to curb the affects of an epidemic


New hope for Veterans battling chronic pain

Almost daily, there are tragic stories in the media about our country's opioid crisis and lives lost to the epidemic. The crisis is the result of many complex factors and requires a multifaceted approach to treat.

For our Veterans, addressing and treating chronic pain and opioid-use disorders may be even more complex. Although their stories may not make front-page news, for many of our nation’s Veterans, living with debilitating and chronic pain is a daily reality.

There is no easy answer to curbing the tide of this deadly and tragic epidemic, in the general population or among our Veterans, but there is hope in some integrative and promising evidence-based approaches, including mindfulness meditation.

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