Saturday, August 6, 2016

STUDY SUGGESTS MINDFULNESS HELPS PREVENT RELAPSE FOR STIMULANT DEPENDENT ADULTS

A recent clinical trial in the journal Mindfulness shows that mindfulness training is particularly beneficial for adults dependent on stimulants who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety. The latter are common disorders among people with substance addiction.

‘When stimulant users attempt to quit, some of the most frequent complaints have to do with intolerable feelings of depression, sadness and anxiety, conditions that often lead people to drop out of treatment early,’ says Dr Suzette Glasner [pictured right], lead author of the study and associate professor at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

‘Mindfulness practice not only helps them to manage cravings and urges, but also enables them to better cope with the psychological discomfort that can precipitate a relapse,’ says Dr Glasner.


Study: Glasner S et al. ‘Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Stimulant Dependent Adults: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial.’ Mindfulness. Published online: . DOI: 10.1007/s12671-016-0586-9.



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