This chapter looks at research showing that transcending (through Transcendental Meditation):
To date, thirty-six studies have looked at how Transcendental Meditation affects substance abuse and how it can be used for the treatment and prevention of addiction. Several researchers -- Drs. Gelderloos, Walton, Orme-Johnson, and Alexander-compiled a review of twenty-four studies. They published the results in The International Journal of Addictions. I will take you through their findings, which, as you will see, cover a lot of ground.
Let's begin with an overview. In the studies, TM was compared to or used along with relaxation programs, psychotherapy, group therapy, Twelve Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, a number of drug treatment programs (including inpatient treatments), and other programs for self-development. It was routinely found that TM was more effective than other treatments alone, and that adding TM substantially improved an existing program.
TM was found to be effective:
Studies also indicated that TM meditators are more likely to continue their recovery program than people using other approaches alone.
Now let's look at specific studies, starting with a historical perspective...
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