TM reduces substance abuse

Researchers carried out a statistical meta-analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes. They found that Transcendental 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 programmes) or prevention programmes (such as programmes to counteract peer-pressure and promote personal development).

TM and substance abuse
TM shows persistent decrease in misuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
amongst both heavy and casual users

Sustained results using TM

This meta-analysis controlled for strength of study design and included both heavy and casual users.

Whereas the effects of conventional programmes typically decrease sharply by 3 months, effects of Transcendental Meditation on total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug ranged from 51% - 89% over an 18-22 month period.

Research reference 1: Treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine, and drug abuse through Transcendental Meditation: A review and statistical meta-analysis, published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11: 13-87, 1994.

Research reference 2: Effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation programme in preventing and treating substance misuse; A review, published in International Journal of the Addictions 26: 293-325, 1991.

65% alcohol abstinence among chronic alcoholics

In another study, this time funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 108 transient, chronic alcoholic patients (80% African-Americans) were randomly assigned one of four treatments: TM, EMG biofeedback, neurotherapy, or regular drug counselling alone.  

After 18 months, a significant number (65%) of the TM practitioners were abstinent compared to neurotherapy (28%) and controls. The EMG group also showed significant abstinence.

Research reference: Effectiveness of broad spectrum approaches to relapse prevention: a long-term, randomised, controlled trial comparing transcendental meditation, muscle relaxation and electronic neurotherapy in severe alcoholism. Authors: E. Taub, S.S. Steiner, R.B. Smith, E. Weingarten, K.G. Walton. Published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Vol. 11 1995

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