The largest trial of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) ever conducted “Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement vs Supportive Group Therapy for Co-occurring Opioid Misuse and Chronic Pain in Primary Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial” was just published in JAMA Internal Medicine! The results of this $2.8 million NIH-funded clinical trial (N=250) for people with chronic pain and opioid misuse were outstanding: MORE reduced opioid misuse by 45%, more than doubling the effect of standard supportive therapy.This is one of the strongest effect sizes ever shown for a treatment for opioid misuse among people with chronic pain. MORE also reduced opioid use; 36% of patients treated with MORE were able to reduce their opioid dose in half or greater. At the same time, 50% of patients treated with MORE experienced clinically significant reductions in pain severity. And, although nearly 70% of patients met criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD) at the beginning of the trial, the mean depression symptom severity score for patients treated with MORE no longer surpassed the threshold for MDD by the end of the study. These therapeutic effects lasted for 9 months after the end of treatment, demonstrating the sustained efficacy of MORE. We followed patients for almost a year after they enrolled in the study, representing the longest follow-up ever conducted for the MORE intervention.
The timing of this publication is highly serendipitous, given that the opioid pharmaceutical settlements are just now reaching the states. My hope is that governors and legislators will consider using MORE as part of the solution to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis. Please help me get the word out! #MOREworks!