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Papers: 6 May 2023 - 12 May 2023

Psychology, Sex/Gender/Race, Social Aspects, Translational

Human Studies, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Musculoskeletal Pain, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Apr 20

Drug Alcohol Depend



To be aware, or to accept, that is the question: Differential roles of awareness of automaticity and pain acceptance in opioid misuse.


Parisi A, Zgierska AE, Burzinski CA, Lennon RP, Jamison RN, Nakamura Y, Barrett B, Edwards RR, Garland EL


Individuals with chronic low back pain (CLBP) are commonly prescribed long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) for analgesia, placing this population at increased risk for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder. Acceptance of aversive experiences (e.g., chronic pain) and awareness of automatic thoughts and behaviors (i.e., automaticity) are two facets of dispositional mindfulness that may serve as protective mechanisms against opioid misuse risk. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to examine the differential contributions of these constructs to opioid misuse risk among adults with CLBP receiving LTOT.