Aider les traitements avancés de toxicomanie avec la Méditation Transcendantale. (CC: FR)

Aider les traitements avancés de toxicomanie avec la Méditation Transcendantale. (CC: FR)


I think I had my first drink when
I was about 12 or 13 years old. I have extreme anxiety and depression. I was a closet drinker so I don’t think
anybody ever saw how much I drank. From 21 on it got like really bad. You know, my marriage was falling apart,
my relationship with my family. And I just couldn’t take it anymore. This last time when I went out drank,
consequences were pretty horrific. After I came to an hospital I had to go to rehab. It’s not my first time in rehab. I was on medication before for my depression
and anxiety and to stop the craving. And obviously those didn’t work. We know that stress and craving really plays
a critical role in the relapse process so anything we can do or offer patients to help
mitigate some of that can be a very positive thing and I see meditation in general and TM specifically
as having a great promise in relapse prevention. So I’ve been sober I think six months
now and meditating for five. This is the longest I have been sober
outside of being pregnant. Building my sobriety has been amazing to me and I think a huge part of it
is because of my meditation. It takes me to a certain part of relaxation
that I didn’t even think it was possible. Since I started doing the meditation
twice a day I haven’t had any cravings. Meditation has helped me to realize
I don’t have to act on my thoughts. Now instead of thinking of drinking
I say I don’t have to drink. This the best I felt for many,
many years. We’re talking decades. So the overarching purpose of
this pilot study was really to determine the feasibility of integrating TM
into alcohol use disorder treatment and that’s something that
we demonstrated very well. At the 3-month follow-up we asked patients how often in the past 30 days
have they practiced TM. Over 80% of the patients reported that they
meditated on at least 25 of the past 30 days. That kind of adherence whether you’re studying
a medication or a new behavioral treatment, adherence is often really the
Achilles heel of any kind of new intervention. TM not only is helping with
their stress levels but also with these levels of decreased depression
and anxiety, the decrease of cravings. We in the addiction field, need all the help
we can get in enhancing our treatment and I would like to see this become part
of mainstream addiction treatment. There is always an opportunity for transformation even for people that have been struggling
with this disease for many, many years. Meditation has significantly helped my recovery and I think you should be taught
in every rehab facility there is. I went through a really dark time in my life where I didn’t want to wake up
in the morning at all. Now when I wake up in the morning
I feel happy, I feel blessed. The one regret I do have is
that I wish I went earlier just so I could have had that
much more of my life back

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