Mindfulness can erase brain patterns that lock addicts into a cycle of abuse

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If addictive behaviors rewire the brain, the challenge is to erase these patterns of behavior.

Addictive substances are known to rewire the brain, but addictive behaviors do as well, according to a new article published in the journal Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews. It’s not just what is consumed, but what is experienced that can make the brain crave the experience in the same manner it can be taught to crave a drug.

 

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Doctors Ask Patients to Sign ‘Pain Contracts’ to Get Painkillers

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Many highly effective, these drugs are dangerous and addictive.

Chronic pain — the kind that lasts for months or recurs regularly – afflicts more than a quarter of adult Americans. Treating pain can be extremely challenging, however, in part because it can’t be measured with instruments. It’s in the eye — or neck or joint — of the beholder.

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