Questions About Spirituality In Addiction Treatment

HELP PLEASE!
I Need help with several questions:

1. Do current program Certification/licensing standards require that addiction professionals complete a spiritual assessment of each patient?

2. Are there standard questions for a usual and customary spiritual assessment?

3. Do master levels professionals receive formal training in comparative religions and the philosophical ideas related to spirituality?

4. Are current addiction and behavioral health Counselors, in you opinion, qualified by their training to do spiritual counseling?

5. Is Atheism, the fundamental belief that there is no God and make reason the guiding force in life really a religion is disguise?

These appear to be issues many people have questions. Please be concrete and descriptive in you answer .

This is a very important initial survey. PASS THE LINKS ON TO YOU FRIENDS!

Thank you.

2 Responses to Questions About Spirituality In Addiction Treatment

  1. William A. Kerr says:

    In my experience, spirituality is not dealt with in any traditional training for addiction professionals, and yet I believe it is the most important factor for success in recovery. When the recovering Catholic priest could no longer do the ‘spirituality” therapy group at the St. Francis Medical Center D & A rehab, I eagerly volunteered to take his place, and did so for years. I was taught, and still believe, that spirituality, in it’s most basic and critical form, is perception. When I started to BELIEVE that I could stay sober, that is what opened the door to my sobriety. And I felt that that had to be taught to others, because it was so very important.

    • Terry Gorski says:

      I also believe spirituality is important in the the recovery process.

      My concern is that the term “spirituality” can be defined in many different ways and is often confused with religion. I am also concerned that religions may use the vulnerability of a newly sober person to proselytize (advocate for) their conversion to a specific set of religious beliefs.

      With this in mind, here are some specific questions you may be able to help with:

      1. What is the difference between “religion” and “spirituality” and how do you introduce the distinction of these ideas to you patients?

      2. How do you introduce the idea of “God” or “Higher Power” appropriately into the counseling relationship?

      3. How do you respond If a patient strongly asserts his or her belief that there is no god (i.e. they are by choice an atheist) and feel that theism (the belief on God) and religiosity (the belief in a specific organized religion) is being imposed upon them?

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