Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program

Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program : The Lazarus Project

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Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project presents the results of an independent five-year study on spiritual transformation at a twelve-month residential program called the Lazarus Project-an agency that takes a Pentecostal faith-based approach to dealing with substance abuse. Residents who completed the program experienced psychological and spiritual transformation within six months in the program. Furthermore, this change was found to persist one year after graduation from the program. Resident descriptions derived from phenomenological interviews revealed that this transformation was experienced in relation to religious and spiritual experiences while in the program, and that Pentecostal factors were significant facilitators of change and recovery from substance addiction. Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program concludes that Pentecostal faith-based approaches to dealing with substance addiction may be more effective than secular and even non-Pentecostal faith-based approaches. The unique and exhilarating Pentecostal experience, as an alternative to a drug-induced high leading to meaningless addiction and self-destruction, is contextualized within a religious and spiritual ontology that offers purpose and meaning to victims of substance more

Product details

  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 161 x 236 x 23mm | 508g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 5 black & white illustrations, 7 tables
  • 0739193074
  • 9780739193075
  • 2,168,348

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This is a beautifully written case study of spiritual transformation in the context of substance abuse, integrating theory with both qualitative and quantitative data. -- Crystal Park, University of Connecticut, Storrs There is enthusiasm for the importance of spirituality in substance abuse rehabilitation. But we need scientific exploration-and two eminent experts in the psychology of religion have produced this much needed work- fascinating and controversial. -- Catherine Loewenthal, Royal Holloway University of London Congratulations to Williamson and Hood for providing a refreshingly honest assessment of a faith-based addictions program in the context of Pentecostal spirituality. Like the Lazarus Project that it describes, the book is provocatively expansive and authentic in pointing out the excesses and challenges in facilitating addicts' efforts to transcend past failures and begin anew. -- Peter C. Hill, Rosemead School of Psychologyshow more

About W. Paul Williamson

W. Paul Williamson is professor of psychology at Henderson State University. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. is professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at more

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables Preface Introduction Chapter 1 The Pentecostal Element and Community Chapter 2 The Lazarus Project: Hope for Substance Addiction Chapter 3 Spiritual Transformation at the Lazarus Project: Is It Really Real? Chapter 4 The Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation in Pentecostal Religious Conversion Chapter 5 The Phenomenology of Spirit Baptism: A Facilitator of Spiritual Transformation Chapter 6 Mentoring: Guidance in Spiritual Transformation Chapter 7 Conclusion Epilogue References About the Authorshow more