Spirituality and religiousness and alcohol/other drug problems: Conceptual framework

Thomas F. McGovern, Terry McMahon

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    Spirituality and religiousness are multidimensional concepts in their philosophical, theological and healthcare connotations. Both concepts have been discussed extensively in the literature describing the origins, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems. Recovery communities, especially Alcoholics Anonymous, have been studied in terms of their ongoing conversations about spirituality and religiousness in the process of recovery. The contributions of authors, such as James, Tiebout, Kurtz, Whitfield, Brown, Miller, Morgan and White to an understanding of those concepts are highlighted.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-19
    Number of pages13
    JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
    Issue number1-2
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


    • Alcohol/other drug problems
    • Multidimensional
    • Recovery
    • Religiousness
    • Spirituality
    • Treatment


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