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Our God, No God: Religious Methods and Secular Approaches

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/9780195147681.003.0006
Our God, No God: Religious Methods and Secular Approaches

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Alcoholism, addiction, or any form of substance abuse allows a person to experience his or her dark side and reveals the person's capability to perform acts of self-destruction or evil. Addicts attempt to find a source of strength in something else other than their addiction, or try to acquire a new point of view or way of thinking that will foster their search for contentment, happiness, purpose, and health. While many turn to a God or a higher power, others would rely on more secular measures which usually involve support groups, attaining a right way of thinking, or reaching a denominational God through the Bible. This chapter looks into the acts and approaches made use of by both the religious and secular sides, and examines their similarities and their differences.

Keywords: alcoholism; addiction; God; denominational God; higher power; right thinking; secular approach; religious approach

Chapter.  11442 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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