Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 197–213 | Cite as

Saints Run Mad 2.0: Further Deliberations on Recovery from Addictions Through a Transpersonal Lens

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Abstract

This article examines major inconsistencies that arise between the broad theories, spirit, and ideals of transpersonal psychology and its support of twelve-step programs. In place of this alliance, an alternative spiritual framework for recovery is proposed that is construed from the critical application of both contemporary transpersonal theory and addictions research. It is noted in conclusion that, although the transpersonal field has gone to great lengths to promote intrapsychic forms of healing from addiction, additional research pertaining to the socio-cultural dimensions of a distinct transpersonal recovery is imperative.

Keywords

Transpersonal psychology Addiction Alcoholics Anonymous Biopsychosocial model 

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