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October 2021

Religion and the recovery of addicted women

Author(s): ODell, K. J., Weaver, G. D.

Journal/Book: J Relig Health. 1999; 38: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013-1578, USA. Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press. 137-148.

Abstract: Personal interviews were conducted with 102 African-American and Anglo-American women in Texas coastal communities to determine the involvement of religious organizations in womens's initiation and maintenance of recovery from drug addiction, the extent of women's help-seeking for recovery, and women's spiritual needs. Means, frequencies, chi squares, Pear-sons correlations, and one-way ANOVAs were used to describe the data. Religious organizations helped about one-third of the women to begin or stay in recovery, primarily through counseling or ministering to spiritual needs. Only one-fourth of the women had sought help from churches. The predominant spiritual needs were forgiveness, love, and understanding. Implications for research and outreach are given.

Note: Article Turner NH, Univ Texas, Med Branch, Sch Allied Hlth Sci, Galveston,TX 77550 USA

Keyword(s): SUBSTANCE USE; HELP-SEEKING; DRUG-USE; ALCOHOL; POPULATION; YOUTH


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