A Preliminary Study on the Use of Buddhist Meditation in the Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts
A pilot project conducted jointly by Foundation for the Promotion of Buddhist Meditation in Thailand and researchers from various institutions was undertaken in April, 1974 at one of the Government Rehabilitation Centres for Narcotics Offenders. The purpose was to make a preliminary investigation on the use of Buddhist meditation as one of the effective means in giving mental strength to the addicts in order to prevent or completely stop drug use after they have been cured by medical doctors. In this one-year program of study, 93 volunteer addicts were divided into two groups, the experimental group (E) and the control group (C). Fifty-five addicts in E were instructed in the practice and benefits of meditation. Psychological tests on attitudes and behavior together with detection of drugs in urine specimens by gas chromatography were performed. Though the difference on changes in attitudes and behavior from psychological tests was not statistically significant between E and C, improvement of behavior in E was obvious. Urine tests also revealed striking differences in drug use between the two groups. Follow-up studies to determine the long-term effect of meditation was conducted in April-June, 1977. It was discovered that about 40% of E and 5% of C could remain off drugs completely. It was concluded that the daily practice of meditation was beneficial to the addicts and should be included in the prevention and rehabilitation programs of drug dependence.
KeywordsDrug Dependence Urine Specimen Psychological Test Urine Test Drug Addict
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