The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Mindfulness meditation for substance abuse

    meditationRelapse is common in substance use disorders, even among treated individuals.

    Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison reviewed the evidence supporting mindfulness meditation.

    First, the details.

    • Among over 2000 abstracts, 25 eligible manuscripts (published and unpublished) were reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • Preliminary evidence suggests that mindfulness meditation is effective and safe.
    • However, the data are not conclusive because most studies were not well designed or conducted.
    • It’s unclear which persons with substance use disorders might benefit most from mindfulness meditation.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that future studies should include larger groups of patients. It would also be useful to conduct research on the mechanism of action of mindfulness meditation.

    11/16/09 21:12 JR

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