May 07, 2007
Spirituality and addiction: a research and clinical perspective
Spirituality and addiction: a research and clinical perspective.
Am J Addict. 2006 Jul-Aug;15(4):286-92
Authors: Galanter M
Spirituality is a construct that has recently gained currency among clinicians because of its close association with twelve-step modalities and its perceived role in the promotion of meaningfulness in recovery from addiction. This article draws on studies from physiology, psychology, and cross-cultural sources to examine its nature and its relationship to substance use disorders. Illustrations of its potential and limitations as a component of treatment in spiritually oriented recovery movements like Alcoholics Anonymous, meditative practices, and treatment systems for the dually diagnosed are given.