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The Middle Class and Mainstream Treatment

Cristopher D. Ringwald

in The Soul of Recovery

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849338 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147681.003.0002
The Middle Class and Mainstream Treatment

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As several middle-class alcoholics or addicts have expressed that they do not believe that they need assistance, individualism as a belief is evident as people from all social and economic classes—whether they really do need to be treated for substance abuse or not—also deny the notion that they too need help. Persons who are grounded to the belief of self rules would have difficulty in being open to developing a spiritual life. Brad Warner, a counselor and administrator for a private treatment program, asserts that people of the middle class are more familiar with the venal, and that they would have difficulty accepting the idea of moving towards a higher power as they may not have been exposed to a spiritual background while they were growing up. Other than that, the middle class and upper class believe that they have already achieved self-sufficiency. This chapter introduces the first of the Twelve Steps—humility.

Keywords: middle class; economic class; social class; upper class; venal; self-sufficiency; spiritual life; Twelve Steps; humility

Chapter.  10202 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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