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Addictions, Spiritual Solutions, and the Insights of Alcoholics Anonymous

Cristopher D. Ringwald

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195147681
eISBN:
9780199849338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147681.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In dealing with alcoholics and addicts, politicians and commentators usually would prefer to go with treatment instead of sending these alcoholics and addicts to jail. Rarely is it considered that ... More


Alcoholics Anonymous: sustaining behavioural change

James Irving

in Moving on from Crime and Substance Use: Transforming Identities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781447324676
eISBN:
9781447324690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447324676.003.0010
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

This chapter concentrates on the practices of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and how they facilitate behavioural change. The author analysed intensive interviews with long-term members of AA using a ... More


Alternative Medicines, Alternative Worldviews

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Many of America's alternative healing systems function as vehicles for the transmission of alternative spiritual philosophies. Chiropractic medicine, Osteopathy, Holistic Healing, Therapeutic Touch, ... More


Alcoholism

Mike W. Martin

in From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195304718
eISBN:
9780199786572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195304713.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter presents an integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective on alcoholism. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) invigorated the therapeutic trend by convincing health ... More


Failures of rationality and self-knowledge in addiction

Thomas Crowther

in Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the relationship

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198727224
eISBN:
9780191833427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The focus of this chapter is the account of akrasia in alcoholism suggested by the Alcoholics Anonymous literature. The chapter begins by sketching out this account of akrasia. It then goes on to ... More


CONTAMINATED PLOTS, VICIOUS CIRCLES

Dan P. McAdams

in The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195176933
eISBN:
9780199786787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176933.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter considers the life stories of American adults who score low on psychological tests measuring generativity. Research suggests that less generative adults tend to construct life stories ... More


How an addict’s power of choice is lost and can be regained

Gabriel Segal

in Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the relationship

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198727224
eISBN:
9780191833427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0020
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

“[M]‌ost alcoholics … have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically non-existent” (Alcoholics Anonymous). In active addiction, when an addict who is trying to ... More


Under the Radar and Out of the Spotlight: Shadowed Organizations

Craig R. Scott

in Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives: Rethinking Organizations in the 21st Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780804781381
eISBN:
9780804785631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804781381.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies

This chapter considers the mildly, moderately, and mostly shadowed regions in the book’s framework for regionalizing organizations. The shadowed regions are similar to the dark region along any two ... More


Spirituality and the Healing of Addictions: A Shamanic Drumming Approach

Michael Winkelman

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167962
eISBN:
9780199850150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0029
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

One area of American medicine in which spirituality is widely considered a vital aspect of healing is in substance abuse rehabilitation. While mainstream spiritual healing practices are found in the ... More


Fellowship

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter traces the growing distinction between Bill Wilson's personal spirituality and the generic spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) through a focus on the emergence of the Twelve Steps ... More


Treatment and Remission

Gilbert Quintero

in Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change: Navajo Experiences

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195136159
eISBN:
9780199863921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136159.003.0008
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health, Epidemiology

This chapter focuses on the diverse range of therapeutic options utilized by Navajos who have experienced problems related to alcohol abuse and dependency. It describes their use of formal treatment ... More


Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Ann Taves

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Unseen presences. Apparitions. Hearing voices. Although some people would find such experiences to be distressing and seek clinical help, others perceive them as transformative. Occasionally, these ... More


Pray if you Wish, but Please Take your Meds First

Markus Heilig

in The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172363
eISBN:
9780231539029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172363.003.0018
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter considers the spiritual aspects of treatment for addiction. It argues that achieving recovery from addiction is a daunting task. To date, treatments that have emerged are, with a few ... More


Stories

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In 1934, Bill Wilson (1895–1971), a (failed) stockbroker, had an ecstatic experience of a blinding white light while hospitalized for alcoholism, which he associated with the feeling of a “presence” ... More


Introduction

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book analyzes the role of revelatory claims in three groups that emerged in the United States in the nineteenth and ... More


Helping the Troubled Retiree

Peter A. Bamberger, Samuel B. Bacharach, Kathleen A. Briggs, and Meira Ben-Gad

in Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic: The Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse and What To Do About It

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199374120
eISBN:
9780190216894
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Health Psychology

Drawing from insights gleaned in earlier chapters regarding the relationship between retirement and substance misuse, this chapter explores interventions aimed at preventing or treating such problems ... More


Seeking

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter considers Bill Wilson's personal spiritual journey, focusing on the personal views that he downplayed for the sake of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Personally, Wilson did not view his ... More


From Housewife to Historian

Donna Sinclair

in Reshaping Women's History: Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042003
eISBN:
9780252050749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.003.0016
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter focuses on the personal, social, and historical contexts that shaped Donna Sinclair’s career as a feminist historian. The story of Sinclair’s trek to the 2013 Prelinger Award took root ... More


Overcoming: Shall We?

David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton

in Payback: Why We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, and Take Revenge

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195395143
eISBN:
9780190255763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395143.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter discusses the ways in which to avoid the pain-passing trap. It presents answers within religious traditions that might be useful to readers who are interested in stopping the cycle of ... More


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