RESEARCH ARTICLE


Mindfulness-Based Eudaimonic Enhancement for Well-Being of Individuals with Alcohol-Dependence: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Study



Allen Joshua George1, *
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, Eslavath Rajkumar1
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, Romate John1
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, Ranganathappa Lakshmi1
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, Maria Wajid1
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1 Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi, Karnataka, India; E-mails: allengeorge@cuk.ac.in, allenjoshuageorge@gmail.com)


Abstract

Background:

Theoretically, mindfulness or the non-judgmental awareness of the present generates eudaimonic well-being. Mindfulness-based interventions are effective for addictions like alcohol-dependence but its well-being outcomes should be validated empirically.

Objectives:

Current pilot study intended to explore the feasibility of a novel intervention, Mindfulness-Based Eudaimonic Enhancement Training (MEET), among individuals undergoing treatment for alcohol-dependence at an Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA), Kerala, India.

Methods:

The experimental group (N=12) was administered with the intervention and Treatment as Usual (TaU) while the control group (N=12) received TaU alone. Obtained data were analysed using independent sample t-test and paired sample t-test.

Results:

After intervention the experimental group had reported better mindfulness, eudaimonic well-being, hedonic well-being, and flourishing. The results delineate the efficacy of the intervention as a mindfulness-based positive psychology intervention that enhances well-being and flourishing.

Conclusion:

This is the first study reporting the efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention aimed exclusively at eudaimonic enhancement that showed promising impact among individuals with alcohol-dependence. The study contributes to the existing scientific literature, on the role of well-being and its enhancement for the effective treatment of addiction and relapse prevention.

Keywords: Mindfulness, Eudaimonia, Well-being, Flourishing, Alcohol-dependence, Positive psychology, Mindfulness-based intervention, Positive psychology intervention.