It is possible to significantly improve the quality of life of drug users and also reduce the frequency of their drug use with the help of Yoga interventions, revealed a new study.
The study was conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and was funded under the Extra Mural Research (EMR) scheme of the Ministry of AYUSH.
The study used Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) and meditation as an adjunct with regular treatment among a group of drug addicts specially heroin users. It analyzed 84 heroin users undergoing treatment at a community based clinic of National Drug Dependence Treatment Center (NDDTC) in East Delhi.
Standard treatments like Pharmacotherapy (opioid substitution therapy) and psychosocial intervention was given to the control group whereas the study group was given standard treatment along with SKY program over 3 days in a workshop mode and were also encouraged to practice the technique at home every day. It was also advised to participate in a weekly follow-up SKY program.
Urine screening method was adopted and the results showed that higher percentage of relief was seen in the group of users who were treated with standard treatment along with Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) and meditation in comparison to the control group.
Overall, the study showed that yoga intervention produced a significant change in the physical, social relationship and environmental domains of quality of life and also reduced the frequency of drug use as evident by the urine screening results as compared to the control group that was on treatment as usual.
The study suggested that Yoga intervention can be used as an adjunct to standard intervention to improve the quality of the life of drug users and also to further reduce the frequency of their drug use.