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The Soul of Recovery: Uncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions

Christopher Ringwald


It is common knowledge that for most alcoholics and addicts recovery programmes like AA seem to hold out the best hope of conquering addiction. Most of us also know that such programmes usually stress reliance on some sort of “higher power.” This book shows that in fact spiritual development is the central factor in the recovery of a significant percentage of substance abusers, and that spirituality is the lynchpin of many if not most recovery programmes in America. The author of this book visited many treatment centres and interviewed hundreds of recovering alcoholics and addicts, counsellors ... More

Keywords: alcoholics, addicts, recovery programmes, AA, addiction, spiritual development, substance abuse, spirituality, treatment centres, counsellors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195147681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Ringwald, author
The Sage Colleges