Good deeds may help teens avoid substance abuse

November 11, 2011

A new study finds helping others can reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs among teens undergoing substance abuse treatment.

Such cravings are a major cause of relapse after treatment according to the Case Western Reserve University researchers.

The study included males and females ages 14 to 18. Most were marijuana dependent and many were alcohol dependent.

The study also found teens who had spent more time in religious pursuits such as prayer, worship and meditation were more likely to help others during the treatment program.

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