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Am J Addict. 2006 Jul-Aug;15(4):286-92.

Spirituality and addiction: a research and clinical perspective.

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Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York 10016, USA. marcgalanter@nyu.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
16867923
DOI:
10.1080/10550490600754325
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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