Increasing usage of narcotics for chronic pain is clearly becoming problematic (and has not been shown to be that effective for chronic pain as opposed to acute pain). In this NYT article on on a rigorously controlled study of 342 people with chronic back pain, MBSR mindfulness training was shown to be as efficaciously as classic CBT. Both groups sustained similar persistence of results at one year. Mindfulness training was less expensive than CBT.
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Occasional articles on the possible benefits of mindfulness practice