What is the importance of spirituality in the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 step programme?

Broadbridge, Charlotte (2010) What is the importance of spirituality in the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 step programme? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research was about the importance of spirituality in the Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme. It discussed this topic from three perspectives: religion, medical science, and the core spiritual concepts of the programme. The chosen methodology was a literature review of research, primarily from America. Literature was retrieved from three main sources which included a heavy emphasis on journals, some books and Alcoholic Anonymous literature. The key findings from the research were that spirituality and religion are distinctively different but with some shared concepts. Making the distinction was important to capture the inclusive nature of the programme. Secondly, the medical field was slow to recognise the potential of spirituality in treatment due to factors such as pro-occupation with measuring it as a rational therapy, and the restricted view in which addiction is understood. Thirdly, it was found that clients in treatment wanted a stronger emphasis on spirituality and the benefits were noted in the outcomes of the studies reviewed. It was concluded that spirituality is significantly important to clients in treatment and the AA. A key recommendation was that more research needed to done to look at the role and benefits of spirituality in addiction treatment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/800

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