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Research shows reduced substance abuse through Transcendental Meditation

David Lynch Foundation    Translate This Article
13 July 2011

Scientific research has found Transcendental Meditation to be effective in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse.

Meta-analysis is a procedure for drawing definitive conclusions from large bodies of research studies. A statistical meta-analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes found that the Transcendental Meditation program produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and nonprescribed drug use than standard substance abuse treatments and standard prevention programs.

Whereas the effects of conventional programs typically fall off rapidly within 3 months, effects of the Transcendental Meditation program increase over time, with total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and nonprescribed drugs ranging from 51%-89% over a 18-22 month period.

The effects of the Transcendental Meditation program are based on fundamental and naturally occurring improvements in the individuals' psychophysiological functioning.

References: Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11 (1994): 13-87; International Journal of the Addictions 26 (1991): 293-325; Self Recovery: Treating Addictions Using Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda. The Haworth Press, New York (1994).

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