Groundless Ground Podcast

Eric Garland: Mindfulness and Addiction Recovery

Episode Summary

Eric Garland combines rigorous research with effective patient care. We discuss MORE, his unique mindfulness intervention for chronic pain, stress, and opioid misuse. We agree that attending to savoring and insight is key to working with addiction

Episode Notes

Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, is a rare combination of rigorous researcher and compassionate clinician. His unique integration of CBT and mindfulness led him to create Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), an integrative group intervention for treating chronic pain, stress, and opioid misuse. His attention to detail and methodology has made him a trusted researcher. In 2019 he was appointed to the NIH HEAL Multi-Disciplinary Working Group to help guide the HEAL initiative on pain and addiction. Our dialogue was exciting for both of us. We share a sense that helping patients attend to savoring and insight is key to moving beyond the murky grasp of addiction.

Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW,  is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research, Professor, and Associate Dean for Research  in the University of Utah College of Social Work, Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) and, Associate Director of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at the Hunstman Cancer Institute. Dr. Garland has had over 150 scientific articles and book chapters published in respected, peer-reviewed outlets, and he currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Mindfulness.