Want to Reduce or Stop Non-Prescription Opioid Use?

Help researchers evaluate a potential method for treating opioid addiction. Join our compensated study today!

Fast Facts

using non-prescription opioids

18-65 years old

no major neurological conditions

Compensation Provided

conducted in newton highlands, mA

Study Background

The purpose of this research study is to test the efficacy and safety of an investigational treatment for opiate use disorders.

The treatment being evaluated is novel light treatment, and previous participants have found it to be comfortable and relaxing. In our first NIH study, we found that it dramatically reduced opioid craving and decreased emotional distress and opioid use.

Further research on potential treatments for opiate use disorders and join our study today!

Additional Information

The purpose of this 26-week research study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a a novel light therapy treatment for opioid use disorder.


You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • 18-65 years old
  • Use non-prescription opioids in any form (pills, snorted, IV)
  • Able and willing to travel to Newton Highlands, MA for study visits
  • No major neurological conditions
  • Not pregnant or planning to get pregnant

The first visit is a detailed explanation of the study, the signing of a consent form, and a medical and psychiatric history. If we have time, we will do the first treatment in which an LED will be put on your forehead to positively stimulate your brain. You may be given an active treatment or a placebo or sham treatment. You have a 50/50% chance of getting one or the other. 

The sham and the active treatments look the same. You will get either the active or the sham throughout the study. For the first 4 weeks, you will get 2 treatments per week and for the remainder you will get 1 treatment per week. Before and after each treatment, which only takes 4 minutes, you will be asked questions about your cravings, use, and general wellbeing. You will give a urine drug test at each visit. At the first and last visits, you will give a saliva sample to see if the treatments over 26 weeks slows your aging using a genetic test for that purpose. We will measure if the treatment can result in abstinence during the study. We will also look at whether the treatments improve your general wellbeing and functioning.

Compensation of $35 per study visit will be provided for your time and travel. 

There is no cost for you to participate in this study.