A recent study Spiritual Beliefs Associated with Better Drinking Outcomes by Steven Dubovsky, MD has found that people who have a religious or spiritual aspect to their lives are more able to have a balanced approach to potentially addictive substances such as alcohol and drugs.
The study found that “Changes in beliefs over 6 months predicted later improvement in alcohol dependence.”
This is supported by William R Miller who wrote Researching the spiritual dimensions of alcohol and other drug problems.
He found that “Although religions have been far from silent on the use of psychoactive drugs, and spirituality has long been emphasized as an important factor in recovery from addiction, surprisingly little research has explored the relationships between these two phenomena.
Current findings indicate that spiritual/religious involvement may be an important protective factor against alcohol/drug abuse. Individuals currently suffering from these problems are found to have a low level of religious involvement, and spiritual (re)engagement appears to be correlated with recovery.”
Miller recommended that “Comprehensive addictions research should include not only biomedical, psychological and socio-cultural factors but spiritual aspects of the individual as well.”
Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Spiritual Beliefs Associated with Better Drinking Outcomes and Researching the spiritual dimensions of alcohol and other drug problems.