Substance use and abuse are detriments to both the individual and society as a whole. Religiosity and spirituality are complex, multi-layered concepts that are important to explore as protective factors against substance use and important factors that curtail individuals from drug use, motivating them to enter into substance abuse treatment. The data on religious/spiritual attitudes and preferences and on the use of different classes of substances were collected from a national sample. Spearman correlations indicated that drug use recency, lifetime use, and seeking substance abuse treatment correlated with religiosity/spirituality factors. All correlations were relatively weak but significant; thus, the null hypotheses were rejected. Other factors may play an important role in individuals’ use of substances or their decision to undergo treatment. This study has implications for future practice, as the findings imply that the treatment for substance use should consider a holistic view of individuals. Incorporating holistic perspective into the treatment and programs to prevent lifetime use of substances and promote successful drug treatment could be more effective compared to non-holistic approaches.
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Forensic Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Psychology, Clinical psychology, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Religiosity, Spirituality, Substance abuse, Substance treatment|
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