A focus-group study on spirituality and substance-user treatment spirituality and substance-user treatment

Adrienne J. Heinz, Elizabeth R. Disney, David H. Epstein, Louise A. Glezen, Pamela I. Clark, Kenzie L. Preston

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Abstract

Focus groups were conducted in 2005-2006 with 25 urban methadone-maintained outpatients to examine beliefs about the role of spirituality in addiction and its appropriateness in formal treatment. Thematic analyses suggested that spirituality and religious practices suffered in complex ways during active addiction, but went "hand in hand" with recovery. Participants agreed that integration of a voluntary spiritual discussion group into formal treatment would be preferable to currently available alternatives. One limitation was that all participants identified as strongly spiritual. Studies of more diverse samples will help guide the development and evaluation of spiritually based interventions in formal treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-153
Number of pages20
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume45
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 14 2010

Keywords

  • Focus groups
  • Methadone
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Substance dependence, recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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