Yoga for Pain and Opioid Dependence


Chronic Pain | Opioid Addiction

Trial Phase

Phase 1/Phase 2

Trial Purpose and Description

Trial Purpose

This study is designed to develop an effective adjunctive treatment using yoga for chronic pain and opioid dependence.

Trial Description


This study aims to develop an adjunctive novel treatment intervention using yoga in opioid agonist maintained patients to effectively treat the co-occurring disorders of non-malignant chronic pain and opioid dependence (POD).

Specific Aims:

  1. To conduct a pre-pilot phase with 8 patients with POD receiving opioid agonist maintenance treatment.
  2. To conduct a pilot randomized, clinical trial to obtain data regarding the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy (compared to Educational Counseling [EC]) of manual-guided yoga for POD for patients with POD treated with opioid agonist maintenance (N=40).

Participation Guidelines

18 Years - 65 Years

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years of age or older

- Prescription opioid addiction or heroin addiction

- Moderate to severe chronic pain,

- Understands English

Exclusion Criteria:

- Current suicide or homicide risk

- Life threatening or unstable medical condition

- Medical or psychiatric condition that is judged to be of clinical concern by the PI
or admitting clinician

- Pregnancy
Yale University
April 2012
Last Updated:
June 20, 2014
Study HIC#:
1111009292 ID: NCT01590251