Neurophysiological mechanisms in acceptance and commitment therapy in opioid-addicted patients with chronic pain

Rachel F. Smallwood, Jennifer S Potter, Donald A. Robin

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Abstract

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been effectively utilized to treat both chronic pain and substance use disorder independently. Given these results and the vital need to treat the comorbidity of the two disorders, a pilot ACT treatment was implemented in individuals with comorbid chronic pain and opioid addiction. This pilot study supported using neurophysiology to characterize treatment effects and revealed that, following ACT, participants with this comorbidity exhibited reductions in brain activation due to painful stimulus and in connectivity at rest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-14
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Research - Neuroimaging
Volume250
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2016

Keywords

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Chronic pain
  • Opioid addiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)

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