The intense flashbacks, anxiety, and depression associated with PTS lead many veterans to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, placing them at high risk for substance abuse. Several published studies have found the TM technique to be a very effective method for reducing substance abuse.
Decreased Alcohol Abuse Among Veterans
Through the Transcendental Meditation technique
In this study, conducted in a Denver Veterans Center, Vietnam veterans suffering from PTS were randomly assigned to TM or conventional counseling. After three months of practice, the TM group had reduced its alcohol consumption by 40 percent, while the control group remained unchanged.
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