Journal Club #30: Can Light Therapy Relieve Opioid Craving?

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #30: Can Light Therapy Relieve Opioid Craving?

This week we look at very interesting study led by Fredric Schiffer based on this theory of Dual Brain Psychology (DBP). DBP “posits that one brain hemisphere tends to be relatively mature and healthy, while the other hemisphere may be more affected by past traumas and supports a personality that is more prone to immature and/or destructive beliefs and/or behaviors” (Schiffer, et al, 2020). Using a form of light therapy called transcranial photobiomodulation (t-PBM), where beams of Near Infrared Radiation light is carried at specific points over the scalp, in this study and others Schiffer has shown a significant lowering of opioid cravings in many of the test subjects.


Main Study: Schiffer, F., Reichmann, W., Flynn, E., Hamblin, M. R., & McCormack, H. (2020). A Novel Treatment of Opioid Cravings With an Effect Size of .73 for Unilateral Transcranial Photobiomodulation Over Sham. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, 827.


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