Scientist 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.