ERIC Number: ED460332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
So Help Me God: Substance Abuse, Religion and Spirituality. A CASA White Paper.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
There is a powerful religious commitment among people in America; nearly 92% of the population is affiliated with a specific religion. This report presents findings from a 2-year study of the attitudes and experiences of clergy regarding substance abuse and the training they received in schools of theology or in seminaries. Too often clergy and physicians do not overlap their care, something that could help recovery and ease the pain of substance abuse clients. Prior research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has identified a helpful connection between spiritual and religious practices and a lower risk for substance abuse or addiction. A main finding of this study suggests that a better understanding by clergy of the disease of addiction and a better appreciation by helping professionals, especially psychiatrists and psychologists, about the power of God, religion, and spirituality holds enormous potential for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. (Contains 1 table, 10 figures, and 124 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Beliefs, Clergy, Counseling, Counselor Training, Drug Rehabilitation, Illegal Drug Use, Intervention, Psychologists, Religion, Religious Factors, Spirituality, Substance Abuse, Theological Education
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 633 Third Ave., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017-6706 ($10). Tel: 212-841-5255; Fax: 212-956-8020; Web site: http://www.casacolumbia.org. For full text: http://www.casacolumbia.org/usr_doc/spirituality.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation, Radnor, PA.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Note: Also sponsored by The Bodman Foundation.