Meditation helps with drug abuse

Sahaja Yoga Meditation - Scientific StudiesDrug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people only in the United States.

Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

Depending on the actual compound, drug misuse including alcohol may lead to:

  1. Health problems
  2. Social problems
  3. Morbidity
  4. Injuries
  5. Violence
  6. Deaths
  7. Suicides
  8. Physical dependence
  9. Psychological addiction

Benefits of meditation in drug abuse

A study conducted at the University of Vienna by Dr Hackl showed highly significant effects of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on drug consumption.

The study used a retrospective questionnaire in 501 Meditators of Sahaja Yoga of which 268 people had used drugs before starting with the meditative practice.

The retrospective questonnaire showed that 97% of chronic drug consumers stopped taking drugs, most of them at the beginning of the Meditation practice, i.e. 42% after the first week of meditation, 32% after the first months (Hackl, 1995).

The study thus shows a significant and lasting effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on drug consumption and drug abuse
Hackl, W.  The effect of Sahaja Yoga on drug consumption. Die Auswirkungen von Sahaja Yoga auf das Drogenkonsumverhalten. Doctoral thesis submitted to the University in Vienna, 1995.

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  • kush
    Jun 26, 2011
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    Any studies on role of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Alcohol Abuse?


    Turya boy
    February 6th, 2013

    Once you become the spirit, your second birth, you automaticly stop anything bad for you without trying!.. Mother says its like holding a snake in the dark, and some one says that you are holding a snake and you say no, it’s a rope, and you won’t let go until there is LIGHT, in the room, Then you will let go automaticly! If you are at one with the truth, how could you live with falsehood anymore!



  • Kara Terna
    Aug 6, 2014
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    I think the best way is to stop the drug abuse.


    August 8th, 2014

    Dear Kara,

    thank you for your comment, it is true the best way is simply to stop, but one can only stop when knowing the purpose beyond that. Just like any other addiction, if you do not know why you should stop, the logic behind it, then it does not make sense. That is why meditation comes in the picture, to help first getting back to the center without using any external thing, and understanding then, why one should stop any kind of addiction in an effortless and natural way.

    Warm wishes,


    Liam Turner
    August 15th, 2014

    @Kara its easy to say that when you don’t know or experience the same problems that they have and most of those people out there who are being addicted to drugs are usually facing the most tragic or climax of there life. Simply the turning point but hey its not really the end unless you wanted to be part of the people who loss there life because of drugs.


    August 18th, 2014

    Dear Liam,

    You are also right we can`t really voice our opinion before having experienced a particular situation. However its not entirely sure that people abusing drugs are for most of them under very peculiar condition of life.
    Then we in Sahaja Yoga have known people that have used drugs intensely before discovering Sahaja Yoga and by the simple fact of meditating and reshaping their life in a more natural process, have simply left drugs behind them.

    We strongly encourage people to just meditate on a daily basis and find out by themselves how easy it can be to slowly change the way we live 🙂

    Warm wishes,



  • Palm Beach Drug Rehab
    Sep 11, 2014
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  • Helen
    Feb 11, 2015
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    I have been addicted to opiates for me, meditation and yoga have been central to my recovery. It provides a way to change my physical and emotional state quickly, when I feel upset, without using substances to achieve it. It helps me to look at my thoughts and feelings as if from outside them, so I can see my own thought patterns more clearly. I don’t think that meditation can easily break active addiction, although it can help, because the drugs themselves make meditation difficult; but once someone is trying to maintain recovery and avoid relapse, it is fairly essential for me.


    February 17th, 2015

    Dear Helen,

    thank you for sharing your experience, it is much appreciated and i`m sure it will help others find their way out of drug abuse. For having had problem 10 years ago with smoking, I can tell you for sure that meditation can completely break an addiction whichever it is. It may take time or be immediate but it does work. And it for sure helps on a first place, it all depends on your inner strength.




  • Michelle
    Jan 9, 2017
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    Hello all,
    My experience has been 9 years of using heavy drugs from 92′-2000. I was addicted to heroin in the end. I did not find Sahaja Yoga until January 2014 after I had been clean for 14 years. I had been in recovery and practicing a 12 step program which only seemed to take me so far. Although I had not used drugs or alcohol in all that time I was still experiencing dissatisfaction and anxious feelings with thoughts bombarding my mind. One of the 12 steps requires prayer and meditation, I found many people pray but few meditate. It seemed like there was no guidance in terms of meditation. In my seeking I am so grateful to have found Sahaja Yoga before I became involved with any other practices. This is all I have needed now now, I have found so many beautiful people that don’t smoke or drink and are such strong spiritual guides helping me grow and ascend. Jai Shri Mataji. My dream is that Sahaja Yoga becomes integrated in all drug and alcohol rehabs. Or better yet a Sahaj Addiction Center. 🙂


    January 10th, 2017

    Dear Michelle,

    Thank you for this great comment and sharing your experience! A Sahaj Addiction Center is a great idea!

    Let’s make it a reality someday!

    All the best!



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