Study Suggests Meditation Aids Recovery Process

yoga - sunset meditationScientist Yariv Levy and his associates conducted a study recently that used an innovative computational experiment to show that meditation added to addiction treatment practices can produce better results compared to just traditional practices alone. The study is about achieving allostasis as it relates to addiction, and how to achieve homeostasis as a result of behavioral changes.

As reported in Science Daily, Levy says, “Our higher-level conclusion is that a treatment based on meditation-like techniques can be helpful as a supplement to help someone get out of addiction. We give scientific and mathematical arguments for this.”

The research from Levy and his colleagues appeared in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. The research was done while he was a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The researchers show that when drugs are taken the reward system becomes unbalanced and that our equilibrium gets damaged. We naturally seek to restore balance after each use, though addicts attempt to do so artificially or cover up the feeling with more drug use.

Mindfulness practices such as meditation are the most natural ways of restoring equilibrium within ourselves. Despite Levy et. al. presenting theoretical research, there has been innumerable accounts of the role that meditation and centering can have on someone seeking to overcome addiction. Many people in the recovery process practice multiple forms of this activity to help, in addition to the more traditional treatment methods of drug therapy and counseling.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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