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Religions 2015, 6(1), 1-13; doi:10.3390/rel6010001

A Latter-day Saint Approach to Addiction: Aetiology, Consequences and Treatment in a Theological Context

Faculty of Education and Children's Services, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH14BJ, UK
Academic Editors: Chris Cook and Wendy Dossett
Received: 23 September 2014 / Accepted: 17 December 2014 / Published: 24 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Addiction)
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This article explores the theological underpinning of the nature, aetiology and treatment of addictions within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first section outlines the “plan of salvation” and how this provides the theological framework for the source and solution to addictions. The final section explores addiction against this background in terms of its aetiology, types, consequences and treatment in a Latter-day Saint context. In so doing it builds on the recognition by the Church in recent years that addiction is a problem in the lives of some of its members and that treatment programs coherent with its teachings and beliefs are necessary. The article concludes by suggesting that while addiction may be more openly discussed within a Latter-day Saint context there is a need to keep this dialogue moving forward. This article does not examine Latter-day Saint teaching within the wider context of psychotherapy and other definitions of addiction; rather it explores the place of addiction as understood within the theological and ecclesiological context of Mormonism. View Full-Text
Keywords: latter-day saint; Mormon; theology; addiction; aetiology of addiction; treatment; types of addiction latter-day saint; Mormon; theology; addiction; aetiology of addiction; treatment; types of addiction
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Holt, J.D. A Latter-day Saint Approach to Addiction: Aetiology, Consequences and Treatment in a Theological Context. Religions 2015, 6, 1-13.

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