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The Soul of RecoveryUncovering the Spiritual Dimension in the Treatment of Addictions$
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Christopher Ringwald

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147681.001.0001

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Women's Treatment, Women's Spirituality

Women's Treatment, Women's Spirituality

(p.51) Chapter III Women's Treatment, Women's Spirituality
The Soul of Recovery

Cristopher D. Ringwald

Oxford University Press

Alcoholic and addicted women in this chapter's study were rarely noted to be provided with the necessary treatment because, for one, women with children were not allowed to participate in such treatment programs, especially in residential programs. When women were allowed to enter treatment, however, their bad habits only worsened as they were surrounded by a majority of male clients. Because of this, counselors and senior clients employ a confrontational approach so that the people who need treatment would be aware of their addicted states and admit their need for assistance. Women are believed to understand God differently than men do, probably because of the different roles of divinity. This chapter looks into the case of women addiction and alcoholism and how introducing the notion of spirituality would aid in hastening treatment.

Keywords:   women, alcoholism, addiction, roles of divinity, spirituality, treatment, confrontational approach

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