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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Alleviates Chronic Pain and Depression, According to New Study

an elevated risk for suicide. Chronic pain affects more than 100 million adults in the United States and has been a significant contributor to the 21st-century opioid epidemic, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In 2012, treatment for chronic pain cost the United States upwards of $635 billion, according to the U.S. Association for the Study of Pain.iStockBut new research shows that mindfulness practices can reduce both chronic pain and depression, making the practice a viable complement to clinical treatment and a possible alternative to prescription opioids for pain management.

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