Graced Collaboration: An Integrated Program for Addiction Recovery Based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
Spirituality has been the primary treatment for people suffering from addiction since the evolution of the Twelve Steps in the 1930s, a reality that has limited options for the addicted and those who treat or minister to them. Since then, scientific research has made advances in understanding the complexities of addiction and evidence-based ways to approach recovery. This progress has not eliminated spirituality from the recovery process; rather, it has expanded options for those seeking more integrated methods. Using the pastoral circle to discern this situation, the interdisciplinary methodology of practical theology, and the self-implicating hermeneutical methodology of spirituality, I will engage the scientific research on addiction in conversations with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. This analysis will show that the Spiritual Exercises provide a methodology that is similar to Motivational Interviewing, a counseling technique used to guide individuals through the Stages of Change. The Spiritual Exercises also contain tools that are scientifically shown to be effective for addiction recovery and relapse prevention: mindfulness, imagination, and repetition. The culmination will reveal that the Spiritual Exercises provide a solid foundation upon which to build an integrated program that bridges the divide between faith and science in addiction recovery.
Corona, Nina Marie, "Graced Collaboration: An Integrated Program for Addiction Recovery Based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises" (2022). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29214366.