Forgiveness and alcohol problems: A review of the literature and a call for intervention-based research

Jon R. Webb, Jameson K. Hirsch, Loren Toussaint

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Abstract

Despite empirical associations with many health-related outcomes and its fundamental place in Alcoholics Anonymous, the scientific study of forgiveness in addiction and recovery has only recently begun. Evidence derives from naturalistic studies and, when used, a short follow-up interval. It is time to expand the empirical study of the salutary forgiveness-alcohol association to include intervention-based research with sufficient follow-up intervals. Understanding the basic and nuanced effect of forgiveness among people with alcohol and other drug problems, though not a panacea, will inform the development of more refined and efficient treatment strategies for individuals struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-273
Number of pages29
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Forgiveness
  • alcohol and other drug problems
  • intervention

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