Monday, 6 November 2017

Alternative Therapy: Yoga. an Adjunct Intervention In Treatment of Alcoholism

Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)
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Scientist may have found an integrated form of exercise used combined with standard treatment in alcoholism, a joint study led by the Section of Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Research (EPHIR),ostulated.

Yoga, the ancient technique practiced for harmonized external and internal body well being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been well known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.

In a study to examine 18 alcohol dependent patients randomizedly received either treatment as usual or treatment as usual plus yoga taken at baseline with six months follow-up for testing the effect of yoga therapy in reduced alcohol dependent, researchers filed the following results, after 10 weeks
1. Yoga was found to be a feasible and well accepted adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence
2. Yoga + conventional treatment showed a reduction in alcohol consumption from 6.32 to 3.36 drinks per day in compared to other group
After taking account to other risk factors, researchers said, "Larger studies are needed to adequately assess the efficacy and long-term effectiveness of yoga as an adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence".

Other, in the study to evaluate the effect of a yoga intervention on alcohol and drug abuse behaviors in women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through analyzed data from a pilot randomized controlled trial in comparing a 12-session yoga intervention and control of women age 18 to 65 years with PTSD, researchers found that
1. Yoga intervention at the end of period expressed a significantly lower mean score of Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) in compared to control
2. Yoga group also demonstrated a reduction in symptoms and improved symptom management. in most participants
3. Yoga participants expressed interesting in psychological treatment

The findings suggested that yoga may play a role in attenuating the symptoms of PTSD, reducing risk of alcohol dependent and promoting interest in evidence-based psychotherapy.

More importantly, in the reviews the philosophical origins, current scientific evidence, and clinical promise of yoga and mindfulness as complementary therapies for addiction, researchers at the joint study led by the Manipal University, said, " theoretical models suggest that the skills, insights, and self-awareness learned through yoga and mindfulness practice can target multiple psychological, neural, physiological, and behavioral processes implicated in addiction and relapse".

Further analysis, researchers concerned, "the clinical effectiveness and hypothesized mechanisms of action underlying mindfulness-based interventions for treating addiction" and "..very few studies have been conducted on the specific role of yoga in treating or preventing addiction".

Taking altogether, yoga intervention may play an important role used  conjunction with standard therapy in treating alcoholism.


(1)Yoga as an adjunct treatment for alcohol dependence: a pilot study by Hallgren M1, Romberg K2, Bakshi AS3, Andréasson S4.(PubMed)
(2) The effect of a yoga intervention on alcohol and drug abuse risk in veteran and civilian women with posttraumatic stress disorder by Reddy S1, Dick AM, Gerber MR, Mitchell K.(PubMed)
(3) A narrative review of yoga and mindfulness as complementary therapies for addiction by Khanna S1, Greeson JM.(PubMed)

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