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The Thirteenth StepAddiction in the Age of Brain Science$
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Markus Heilig

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172363

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172363.001.0001

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Pray if you Wish, but Please Take your Meds First

Pray if you Wish, but Please Take your Meds First

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The Thirteenth Step

Markus Heilig

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers the spiritual aspects of treatment for addiction. It argues that achieving recovery from addiction is a daunting task. To date, treatments that have emerged are, with a few exceptions, only modestly effective. Even as these treatments improve, people will continue to need support outside the professional treatment setting in order to live lives that are both worthwhile and free of alcohol and drugs. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a major resource where countless patients find support for a drug-free life. However, because of its spiritual focus, AA is not for everyone. Other options may be a better match. The chapter also describes the Minnesota Model which has become most widespread model for addiction treatment worldwide.

Keywords:   addiction, addictive disorders, spirituality, AA, treatment, twelve-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous, Minnesota Model

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