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Meditation more helpful in curing addiction than talk therapy

Washington, Dec 20 : Researchers have found that rehabilitation strategies coupling meditation-like practices with drug and behavior therapies are more helpful than drug-plus-talk therapy alone when helping people overcome addiction.


Theoretical computer scientist Yariv Levy conducted this investigation while a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with neuroscience researcher Jerrold Meyer, an expert in the neurochemistry of human psychiatric disorders, and computer scientist Andrew Barto, an expert in mathematical theory of learning and planning.

According to Levy, the goal is to translate what has been learned from animal and human studies to better understand addiction and explore new approaches to treatment.

"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," Levy said.

The study is published in journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

--ANI (Posted on 20-12-2013)

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