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Virtual Reality and Mindfulness Therapy for People with Opioid Use Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00157860)

Virtual reality is a technology device used to create an unreal environment for people to face situations such as Opioid (drug) Use Disorder (OUD). A therapy called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) has been shown to help people with chronic pain and other issues of OUD. Research is needed to learn if VR with MORE is just as well as MORE without VR. We hope to apply what we learn to better help people using Telehealth (doctor visits received outside of doctors offices such as on a computer). The information we gain may aid future patients.


  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

Who can participate?

 Gender: All genders

  Age: Over 18 years old

  Volunteers: Volunteers with special conditions

   Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria

  • Ages 18 years and older
  • Current OUD diagnosis
  • Receiving medications for OUD such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
  • Attend in person at the University of Utah

Exclusion Criteria

  • Prior participation in other specific Mindfulness therapy
  • Current psychosis (mental disorder causing disconnection from reality) or a suicide plan with the intent
  • Cognitive impairment (when a person has trouble remembering, learning, or making decisions on their own) that prevents completing the study
  • Unable to remain in the entire study such as planning to move

Will I be paid for my time?


For more information contact:

Kirstianna Lombardi


IRB#: IRB_00157860

PI: Eric Garland


Approval Date: 2023-04-12 06:00:00

Study Categories: Mental Health and Well-being Studies

Last Updated: 6/8/23