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Faith-Based Solutions in a Democracy

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/9780195147681.003.0010
Faith-Based Solutions in a Democracy

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Millions of recovered alcoholics and addicts can testify that spirituality really does have an impact on changing the lives of people. Faith in a higher power and the faith that is shared by participants of support groups in each other are all signs that indeed, there are faith-based solutions. The recovery movement alone epitomizes the features of an ideal faith-based solution: universal, free, adaptable, can be attained by the self, does not assert religiosity, and effective. Such measures have promoted changes in life perspectives, values, habits, and other such favorable changes in the lives of addicts and alcoholics that aid in hastening recovery. This chapter summarizes how such schemes enable the addicts to make more responsible decisions to improve their lives further.

Keywords: faith-based solution; spirituality; universality; self-sustainability; nonreligiosity; responsibility

Chapter.  14936 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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