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Treating Hard-Core Addicts: From Secular Practicality to Practical Spirituality in Therapeutic Communities

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/9780195147681.003.0008
Treating Hard-Core Addicts: From Secular Practicality to Practical Spirituality in Therapeutic Communities

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Therapeutic communities (TCs) supposedly encourage their clients to learn certain values, habits, and skills from what they pertain to as “right living.” All the events that are facilitated in TCs are designed to promote change in an individual through self-help activities like peer interactions, community roles, and job functions. TCs promote more realistic ways of bringing clients closer to recovery, but do TCs enable the development of a spiritual life? This chapter presents the history of TCs, how TCs have evolved, and how TCs have helped addicts realize their spirituality through realistic and practical activities.

Keywords: therapeutic communities; right living; change; self-help; practicality; spirituality

Chapter.  12851 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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