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Effect of Adjuvant Yoga Therapy on Craving in Participants of an Alcohol De-addiction Program: A Pilot Study

Kiaan Gupta, Ananda B Bhavanani, Balaji Rajasekar, Sukanto Sarkar, Ganesan Dayanidy

Keywords : Addiction, Alcohol dependence, Bhakti yoga, Craving, Hatha yoga

Citation Information : Gupta K, Bhavanani A B, Rajasekar B, Sarkar S, Dayanidy G. Effect of Adjuvant Yoga Therapy on Craving in Participants of an Alcohol De-addiction Program: A Pilot Study. 2019; 2 (4):138-141.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-02226

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 05-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Aim: To study the effects of adjuvant Yoga therapy on craving in participants undergoing alcohol de-addiction program at a residential de-addiction center. Materials and methods: Thirty male patients undergoing a residential alcohol de-addiction program at the mother care de-addiction center (MCF) in Puducherry were recruited as subjects, were randomly divided into group I (15 subjects), who received Yoga therapy as per the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) protocol, and group II (15 subjects), who received only standard medical management, 6 days a week for 2 weeks along with their standard medical management. Alcohol Craving Questionnaire–Short Form–Revised was administered to all participants before and after study period. Data were analyzed using Student's paired and unpaired t tests for the intra- and intergroup comparisons, respectively. Results: The intragroup comparison showed a significant reduction (p < 0.001) in the craving scale in group I, whereas there was a statistically insignificant reduction in group II. The intergroup comparisons showed a significant reduction (p < 0.01) in the craving scale between groups. The delta (change) and delta% values also showed a statistically significant reduction after 2 weeks of Yoga therapy (p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively). Conclusion: The findings of this study give us an indication of the positive role of adjuvant Yoga therapy in reducing craving, thus enhancing the management of alcohol dependence. We recommend that Yoga therapy could be made a regular feature in such de-addiction clinics.

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