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An exhaustive meta-analysis of all available published research indicates the TM technique is highly effective in treating alcohol and substance abuse.


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


Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11: 13–87, 1994

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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