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Association of spirituality and sobriety during a behavioral spirituality intervention for Twelve Step (TS) recovery






American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 33(4): 611-617

Association of spirituality and sobriety during a behavioral spirituality intervention for Twelve Step (TS) recovery

Twelve- Step ( TS) recovery utilizes spirituality to promote sobriety, yet there are no proven programs designed to facilitate spiritual involvement. We developed a seven- week behavioral spirituality intervention titled "Knowing Your Higher Power'' for implementation along with usual TS care. Twenty- six participants from a recovery center enrolled. We assessed behavior at baseline, 7- week, and 12- week follow- up. The sample showed significant increase in spiritual involvement and beliefs over the 12- week measurement period and a significantly greater spirituality score in those maintaining total sobriety compared to those that relapsed. These findings encourage a controlled trial to determine if this work has efficacy for practitioners in substance abuse treatment.

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Accession: 015093111

PMID: 17668347

DOI: 10.1080/00952990701407686



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