Special Issue "Religion & Addiction"


A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Health Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chris Cook
Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RS, UK
Website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=3700
E-Mail: c.c.h.cook@durham.ac.uk
Phone: 0191 334 1047
Interests: spirituality; theology & health; addiction

Guest Editor
Dr. Wendy Dossett
Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Chester University, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK
Website: http://www.chester.ac.uk/departments/trs/staff/dossett
E-Mail: w.dossett@chester.ac.uk
Phone: 01244 513 975
Interests: religious studies; buddhism; addiction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is extensive empirical research evidence to suggest that affiliation with faith communities protects against addiction, and that spirituality/religion can play a part in spontaneous recovery and in formal treatment programs. However, there has been little written from the disciplines of theology or religious studies concerning comparative perspectives on how spirituality/religion influence understanding of addiction or how they inform programs of recovery. The special issue will take a broad view of the ways in which religion and spirituality contribute to our understanding of addiction, and will examine a range of specific different religious/spiritual traditions, as well as addressing general issues. Alongside the teachings of some of these traditions, consideration will be given to the “secular” spirituality of the 12 Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and the other Anonymous Fellowships.

Prof. Dr. Chris Cook
Dr. Wendy Dossett
Guest Editors


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  • spirituality
  • religion
  • addiction

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Religions 2014, 5(3), 912-928; doi:10.3390/rel5030912 (registering DOI)
Received: 31 July 2014; in revised form: 28 August 2014 / Accepted: 4 September 2014 / Published: 18 September 2014
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Last update: 9 September 2014

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