Transcendental Meditation

Research grant to study the impact of TM on alcohol dependence

The Peter G. Dodge Foundation has awarded its inaugural research grant of  $225,000 to the David Lynch Foundation for a feasibility study on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and alcohol dependence. The study will attempt to establish whether TM is useful in preventing relapse following inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder.

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LETHAL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM: Annually, 2.25 million premature deaths around the world are caused by the abuse of alcohol, reports the World Health Organization

The David Lynch Foundation will contract with the Friends Research Institute, a non-profit research institution specializing in substance use health services research, to conduct the study.

Principal Investigator Jan Gryczynski, PhD, will oversee the study, which will be conducted at the Avery Road Treatment Center in Rockville, MD. Avery Road is an inpatient treatment facility annually serving over 400 patients with a primary diagnosis of AUD.

The Transcendental Meditation technique has been demonstrated to improve cardiac health, boost cognitive development, and reduce stress, as well as symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Previous studies of TM and addiction have also shown promise, yet no new research has been conducted since the mid-1990’s. The objective of the PGDF/ DLF study is to establish feasibility for a larger NIH-funded study.

About the Peter G. Dodge Foundation

alcohol alcoholism meditationThe Peter G. Dodge Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping people lead lives free from the effects of alcohol addiction. Founded by Hanover Research CEO Peter G. Dodge, PGDF supports the advancement of new treatments and the dissemination of up-to-date information about alcohol-use disorder.

“The Peter G. Dodge Foundation is intended to be a driving force for improving the lives of people with alcohol-use disorder. AUD causes incalculable amounts of human misery and economic expense, yet despite the enormity of the problem, diagnosis and treatment can be haphazard and largely ineffective. We hope to change that by funding research for new treatments, sharing information, and supporting programs and organizations that are making a difference,” says Founder, Peter Dodge.

“The Peter G. Dodge Foundation Awards $225,000 to DLF to Study TM and Alcoholism,” by Bibi Tran, DLF