Spirituality and dementia

Authored by: Peter Kevern

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
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Spirituality and addiction are intimately intertwined. Addiction may be understood as a spiritual problem, either as a misguided spiritual quest or a falling away from spirituality. Spirituality may be protective against the development of addiction, especially where there is active participation in spiritual practices. There are various forms of treatment for addiction that have a spiritual element. The most widespread are 12-step groups or treatments derived from the 12-step approach. Promising new forms of treatment include those derived from Buddhism, in particular through the use of mindfulness.

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