ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Research Article

The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Adults’ Substance Use: A Systematic Review*


Department of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir 35390 Turkey


Department of Psychology, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir 35390 Turkey

Addicta 2018; 5: 721-746
DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2018.5.4.0016
Read: 552 Downloads: 457 Published: 20 February 2018

The present systematic review aims to examine the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions on substance-use disorders; thus, PubMed, PsycInfo, Web of Science and EBSCOHost databases have been scanned for the following key terms: mindfulness-based therapy, mindfulness-based intervention, substance abuse, substance use, substance misuse, and addiction. Taking inclusion and exclusion criteria into consideration, 10 studies have been determined to be appropriate for the purpose of the study. The results of these studies on mindfulness-based interventions have been observed to be generally more effective than traditional therapy approaches; meanwhile, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has not been observed to differ in terms of efficacy compared with mindfulness-based therapy. The results from current studies have been summarized through the present research findings; these studies’ strengths and weaknesses have also been discussed, as well as suggestions for future studies.

Citation: Alpay, Ü., Aydoğdu, B. E., & Yorulmaz, O. (2018). The effect of mindfulness-based interventions on adults’ substance use: A systematic review. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 5, 721–746.

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