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Religions 2014, 5(3), 852-870; doi:10.3390/rel5030852

Who is in Control? How Women in a Halfway House Use Faith to Recover from Drug Addiction

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Department of Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1201 University Boulevard, Suite 210, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
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Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida, 3219 Turlington Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-7330, USA
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Received: 25 July 2014 / Revised: 13 August 2014 / Accepted: 14 August 2014 / Published: 25 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion)
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Abstract

Religious adherents from most major faith traditions struggle in balancing their individual agency with divine leadership. While this issue of individual versus divine control is complex for those in free society, it becomes even more so when applied to those in correctional and treatment settings. For those attempting to recover from drug addiction, a common conclusion is that drugs have taken control of their lives, thus it is necessary for them to reclaim control. Via a narrative analysis of semi-structured interviews with 30 former drug addicts residing in a faith-based halfway house for women, we explore how the women make sense of losing control of their lives due to their drug use, but then being taught to regain control by surrendering to a higher power. We find strong evidence of Deferring and Collaborative religious coping styles and these coping styles structure how the women discuss the future and their strategies for success. View Full-Text
Keywords: religiosity; religious coping; correctional treatment; halfway houses; transitional centers religiosity; religious coping; correctional treatment; halfway houses; transitional centers
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Kerley, K.R.; Deitzer, J.R.; Leban, L. Who is in Control? How Women in a Halfway House Use Faith to Recover from Drug Addiction. Religions 2014, 5, 852-870.

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