The Spiritual Characteristics of New Zealanders Entering Treatment for Alcohol/Other Drug Dependence

This study describes the spiritual experiences, beliefs, and practices of New Zealanders entering intensive treatment for alcohol/ other drug dependence, and seeks to determine factors that influence spirituality in a clinical population. Ninety clients entering three residential treatment programs for alcohol and/or cannabis dependence were interviewed about their spiritual beliefs, behaviors, and experiences, using a broad selection of accepted measures.

A number of associations between aspects of spirituality and gender, ethnicity, age, employment, severity of dependence, and depression were found.

In particular, the more religiously active participants were less severely alcohol/other drug dependent, and depression was negatively associated with beliefs and activity related to 12-step participation.

Research; Michael P. Baker, J. Douglas Sellman, & Jacqueline Horn. The Spiritual Characteristics of New Zealanders Entering Treatment for Alcohol/Other Drug Dependence. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Volume: 24 Issue: 4, 2006 Pages: 137 – 155

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