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Religions 2014, 5(4), 948-960; doi:10.3390/rel5040948

Finding God through the Spirituality of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Department of Psychology, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 36082, USA
Received: 13 May 2014 / Revised: 19 August 2014 / Accepted: 4 September 2014 / Published: 29 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Addiction)
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The 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous has provided relief for individuals recovering from alcoholism for over 75 years. The key to the recovery process is a spiritual experience as the result of practicing the daily discipline of the 12 Steps, a process which evokes a psychic change sufficient to recover from this disease. Although a relatively new spiritual discipline, the 12 Step program is built upon a foundation of much older and more traditional paths to God including devotion, understanding, service and meditation. Recent research provides insights into the 12 Step program. Specifically, the path of recovery is highlighted by the reduction of resentment and the promotion of forgiveness which are key factors of recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: 12 Steps; spirituality; God; addiction recovery 12 Steps; spirituality; God; addiction recovery
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Sandoz, J. Finding God through the Spirituality of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Religions 2014, 5, 948-960.

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