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Religions 2015, 6(1), 122-138; doi:10.3390/rel6010122

Reconstructing Sikh Spirituality in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

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Psychology, Community Mental Health Service for Older People, Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust, Coleman House, Brookfield Ave, Dover, Kent CT16 2AH, UK
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School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, UK
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Academic Editors: Chris Cook and Wendy Dossett
Received: 7 January 2015 / Revised: 15 February 2015 / Accepted: 17 February 2015 / Published: 4 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Addiction)
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This paper situates Sikh identity, spirituality, and recovery from alcohol addiction within a nexus of complex social, psychological, and cultural factors. The way in which affected people in Sikh communities in Britain are able to locate and utilize unofficial recovery trajectories, often successfully alleviating suffering, presents both academic research and service provision with potential puzzles. While Sikh communities have been long settled in the UK, there is still a dearth of extensive, multi-method, and analytically rich research investigating the role of spirituality and Sikh identity. We present existing models of recovery process and locate them against an individual psychological and sociological backdrop, so that through the use of spirituality, recovery along this route is interpreted as having both otherworldly as well as materially grounded formations. It is this duality, we argue, that is prominent socially, culturally, and psychologically as important in the recovery from addiction. The multi-factorial nature of this mechanism of change raises important questions for not only addiction recovery, but also notions of continuity and change in Sikh identity. We aim to contribute to this growing body of work in order to re-situate the role of spirituality and identity in alcohol addiction recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol addiction; recovery; religion; spirituality; Sikh identity alcohol addiction; recovery; religion; spirituality; Sikh identity
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Morjaria-Keval, A.; Keval, H. Reconstructing Sikh Spirituality in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction. Religions 2015, 6, 122-138.

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