Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 291–315 | Cite as

Religious Addiction: Obsession with Spirituality

  • Cheryl Zerbe Taylor


Religious addiction is a disease only recently recognized; however, it has been with humanity throughout the ages. This obsession with spirituality not only has harmful effects for the individual but also a devastating effect on his/her family. As with any addiction, recovery is possible. This article covers the history of religious addiction, its symptoms and characteristics, and also its downward spiral. The effects on the addict, the codependent spouse, and children are discussed. Recovery, including intervention and treatment, is also covered.

addiction spirituality religion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Zerbe Taylor
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  1. 1.Christopher Newport UniversityVirginia

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