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. Source: Medindia << IMRT Has Lesser Side Effects, Better Tolerance Than Standar... Bengaluru Conducts Walkathon to Raise Awareness On Advanceme... >> Recommended Reading Breathing-based Meditation Practice can be Effective Treatment for PTSD Researchers have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). READ MORE Stress Hormone Cortisol Reduces Heroin Craving by an Average of 25% Cortisol diminishes the ability to retrieve memories. It also has an inhibitory effect on addiction-related memory and thus on the craving for addictive substances. READ MORE Alcoholic and Drug Dependent can Call National Toll Free Helpline Assistance to alcoholic and drug dependent persons is now possible at a National Toll Free Helpline (1800-11-0031), launched Wednesday by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister. READ MORE Suffering With Arthritis? Do Yoga to Soothe Your Aching Joints and Get Instant Relief 8 weeks of yoga classes improved the physical and mental well-being of people with two common forms of arthritis, knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis READ MORE Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation therapy is one of the best Alternative Therapies. It is a Mind-Body Medicine. READ MORE Breast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle Changes Lifestyle choices may or may not cause breast cancer but healthy lifestyle changes can open up avenues beyond breast cancer. Good habits will allow one to fight breast cancer and to live with dignity. READ MORE Does Yoga help you grow Taller Yoga is one very effective exercise – to add a few inches to your height -- when done correctly and diligently. With yoga a person can cleanse oneself physically as well as improve their mental faculties. READ MORE Drug Toxicity Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a drug, reaction to a drug or drug abuse. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Meditation: Just For The Mind? We meditate to calm the mind and perceive inner self through spirituality. On the other hand, we also meditate to relieve stress and ease other lifestyle disorders. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator The Essence of Yoga Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Drug ToxicityDiabetes MellitusYogaSignature Drug ToxicityStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineDoes Yoga help you grow TallerBenefits of Meditation / Meditation TherapyExercise and FitnessBreast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle ChangesMeditation: Just For The Mind?