International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Role of Faith in Addiction Counseling: A Qualitative Study of Program Viability
James Wilkinson, Justin Velten, Ph.D.

Substance abuse and addiction has long been a concern in modern society, particularly in the United States. Since the early twentieth century, measures have been taken by federal and state law enforcement, criminal justice, and health agencies to combat these issues. However, there is a gap in the literature regarding the effects of faith-based practices on substance abuse treatment programs and the processes and factors that contribute to change. Years that are more recent have brought about changing perceptions of addiction and substance abuse as a disease in need of rehabilitation. Further research and new insights and practices could prove useful in treatment and rehabilitation of substance abuse addicts in light of these changing attitudes. This study provides insight into the outcomes of participants at a faith-based substance abuse counseling program, lending more understanding of the elements that contribute to success in the program including spiritual and religious involvement, relationship to social bonds, and the process of change.

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