The treatment of, and recovery from, alcohol and other drug addiction has historically been intrinsically connected with spirituality and spiritual growth. Twelve-Step programs, arising from Alcoholics Anonymous, have always understood recovery from addiction in fundamentally spiritual terms. Likewise, a growing body of research around the use of spiritual concepts in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction shows the value of spirituality as the central curative factor in recovery and its importance in maintaining treatment gains.

Defining Spirituality

Those undertaking an extensive review of the literature on this topic may find the research difficult to decipher. Although the word spirituality has been used in the literature of the health and social sciences, the variations in how this word is defined and measured are highly problematic in making ...

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