A pilot study of Qigong for reducing cocaine craving early in recoveryPsychiatry Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
Medical Subject HeadingsAdult; *Breathing Exercises; Cocaine; Cocaine-Related Disorders; Cues; Depression; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Treatment Outcome
AbstractOBJECTIVES: This pilot study examined the feasibility, preliminary efficacy, and determined the effect sizes of external qigong therapy (EQT) in reducing cue-elicited cocaine craving and associated symptoms among recently abstinent cocaine-dependent (CD) individuals. METHODS: This study randomized 101 CD subjects to either a real EQT (n=51) or sham EQT control (n=50) group. Subjects underwent a baseline assessment and a weekly cue-exposure session for 2 weeks. Total EQT or sham treatments ranged from 4 to 6 sessions in 2 weeks. RESULTS: EQT-treated subjects displayed a greater reduction in cue-elicited craving (p=0.06) and symptoms of depression (p<0.05) with medium effect sizes. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated the feasibility of delivering EQT among CD individuals early in residential treatment. Future research should include a larger sample and examine the mechanisms and potential longitudinal benefits of EQT.
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Citation InformationDavid A. Smelson, Kevin W. Chen, Douglas M. Ziedonis, Ken Andes, et al.. "A pilot study of Qigong for reducing cocaine craving early in recovery" Vol. 19 Iss. 2 (2013) ISSN: 1075-5535 (Linking)
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