Evaluation of a residential Kundalini yoga lifestyle pilot program for addiction in India

J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2008;7(1):67-79. doi: 10.1080/15332640802081968.


Previously reported substance abuse interventions incorporating meditation and spiritual approaches are believed to provide their benefit through modulation of both psychological and pyschosocial factors. A 90-day residential group pilot treatment program for substance abuse that incorporated a comprehensive array of yoga, meditation, spiritual and mind-body techniques was conducted in Amritsar, India. Subjects showed improvements on a number of psychological self-report questionnaires including the Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale and the Quality of Recovery Index. Application of comprehensive spiritual lifestyle interventions may prove effective in treating substance abuse, particularly in populations receptive to such approaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / ethnology*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Developing Countries*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Length of Stay
  • Life Style / ethnology*
  • Male
  • Meditation
  • Mental Disorders / ethnology
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Admission*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Yoga*
  • Young Adult