Gendered members of alcoholics anonymous: Varieties of spiritual experiences in recovery

Jolene Sanders, Kitty Wilkes Harris, Jessica Nelson, William L. White, Thomas F. McGovern

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    Women and men share similar as well as different strategies in developing their spirituality as part of their overall 12-Step experience. Special attention is paid to gender differences to account for a variety of spiritual experiences in recovery. The language and use of metaphors as women and men work the 12 Steps in achieving a "spiritual awakening" is explored, recognizing the predominantly male ethos of Alcoholics Anonymous since its inception. The influence of age in expressions of spirituality, distinguishing between young adults, middle-age adults, and older adults, is referenced. Need for further understanding of gender differences, with a focus on the spiritual dimensions of recovery, is recommended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-270
    Number of pages23
    JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - Jul 3 2014


    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • gender
    • metaphors
    • spiritu-ality


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