The use of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the prevention of drug abuse and in the treatment of drug-addicted persons

Bull Narc. 1988;40(1):51-6.


The effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the prevention and reduction of drug abuse has been documented in many studies in the last 18 years. The programme is not a rehabilitation programme per se but is a means for self-development. Thus, the resulting decrease in psychological problems and drug abuse is an automatic or secondary consequence of the practice of the meditation technique. Since TM strengthens the individual and produces an overall and stable state of well-being, it naturally removes the need and craving for drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Relaxation Therapy*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*