Advertisement

Can meditation help treat addiction?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
The Journal of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly and the International Journal of the Addictions report that meditation can decrease cigarette, alcohol, and drug abuse. An analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes hound that meditation produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use than either standard substance abuse treatments (including counseling, pharmacological treatments, relaxation training, and Twelve Step programs) or prevention programs (such as programs to counteract peer pressure and promote personal development). Whereas, the effects of conventional programs typically decreased sharply by three months, effects of meditation on total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs ranged from 50 percent to 89 percent over a 18- to 22-month period of study.
A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

More About this Book

A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

Nautilus Book Awards Winners for 2007 (category: Self-Help/Psychology/ Personal Growth) "Like many people, Kathleen Hall found that despite great success and material wealth, she had yet to identify...

Continue Learning about Meditation

Do This for 7 Minutes Daily to Get Skinnier
Do This for 7 Minutes Daily to Get Skinnier
Something as little as this daily 7-minute ritual might help you get skinny. In a study, dieters who spent about 7 minutes meditating each day experi...
Read More
How does meditation work?
Andy PuddicombeAndy Puddicombe
The act of meditating involves several levels of consciousness. Watch meditation specialist Andy Pud...
More Answers
What is meditation?
Yogi Cameron AlborzianYogi Cameron Alborzian
We've all heard the term "meditation" thrown around in many different situations and contexts--parti...
More Answers
What's the Simplest Way to Start Meditating?
What's the Simplest Way to Start Meditating?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.