Yoga & substance abuse

This week is SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of mental health and substance use disorders. Individuals with depression or anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from a drug abuse or dependence. Studies indicate yoga and mindfulness can be complementary therapies for addictions. 

Individuals with depression or anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from a drug abuse or dependence. ~NIH 

 


RESOURCES:

BOOKS

The Principles and Practice of Yoga and Healthcare ~ Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Yoga as Medicine ~Timothy McCall MD

 

MOVIES

The Anonymous People

 

 

WEBSITES

drugabuse.com
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

STUDIES

Anju D, et al. Effectiveness of yogic breathing intervention on quality of life of opioid dependent users. Intl J of Yoga Therapy. 2015. 8(2): 144-7
Kissen M et al. Reducing addictions via the self-soothing effects of yoga. Bull Menninger Clin. 2009;73:34–43.
Dai CL et al. Between inhale and exhale: yoga as an intervention in smoking cessation. J of Evidence-based Comp & Alt Med. 2014. 19(2):144-9
Hallgren M et al. Yoga as an adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence: a pilot study. Comp Ther in Med 2014. 22:441-5.
Khalsa SB et al. Evaluation of a residential kundalini yoga lifestyle pilot program for addiction in India. J of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 2008. 7:67-79
Khanna S et al. A narrative review of yoga and mindfulness as complementary therapies for addiction. Comp Ther in Med. 21:244-52.
Schaeffer HJ et al. Comparing hatha yoga with dynamic group psychotherapy for enhancing methadone maintenance treatment: RCT. Alt Ther Health & Med. 199. 3:57-66