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Urban Mindfulness and Addictions Research

Welcome to the website of the Chicago State University Urban Mindfulness and Addictions Research Program This five-year program is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  The program seeks to understand how mindfulness meditation can assist in preventing relapse among recovering drug users involved in the criminal justice system.

CUMAR is structured around four studies ranging from the neurochemistry and the neuroscience of mindfulness; to meditation as a tool for substance abuse case managers as they approach their work; to meditation as a strategy for substance abusers as they seek to remain clean and sober and improve their health.   CUMAR reaches across disciplines at CSU and promotes participation and cooperation among scholars from Pharmacy, Health Studies, Social Work, and Psychology.