Spirituality and the 12 Steps of Substance Abuse Recovery

  title={Spirituality and the 12 Steps of Substance Abuse Recovery},
  author={Patricia D. Borman and David N. Dixon},
  journal={Journal of Psychology and Theology},
  pages={287 - 291}
Numerous treatment modalities incorporate spirituality as an important part of treatment. The 12-step program is one such program which claims to enhance one's spirituality, yet empirical support is limited. This preliminary study compared clients in 12-step outpatient programs to clients in non-12-step outpatient programs to assess the programs’ impact on spirituality. From scores on the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, no significant differences between 12-step programs and non-12-step programs… 
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