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5. ‘Spiritus Contra Spiritum’: Spirituality, Belief and Discipline in Alcoholics Anonymous


 
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1. Title Title of document 5. ‘Spiritus Contra Spiritum’: Spirituality, Belief and Discipline in Alcoholics Anonymous - Spirituality and Wellbeing
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Wendy Dossett; University of Chester; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) spiritual experience; wellbeing; health; spirituality and health; alcoholism; Carl Jung; Alcoholics Anonymous; Bill Wilson; spiritual awakening; spirituality and recovery from alcohol abuse
 
5. Subject Subject classification Spirituality; Health
 
6. Description Abstract The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) suggest that the solution to alcohol addiction may be found in ‘a power greater than the self’. Carl Jung, who engaged in a correspondence with one of AA’s founders, asserted that medicine, even analytical psychology, could be of limited use to a sufferer. He agreed with AA that the problem was of a spiritual nature and a solution was to be found in a spiritual awakening. This chapter explores the ways in which members of Alcoholics Anonymous identify their recovery as ‘spiritual’. It demonstrates that much contemporary AA engagement deviates considerably from its Christian theistic roots and sits more comfortably within the holistic milieu. However, the practice of ‘spiritual discipline’ central to the Twelve Step programme captures an easily overlooked feature of AA, and one which also sets it apart from self-soothing and happiness-seeking features of contemporary well-being spirituality.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Mar-2020
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/35874
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35874
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Spirituality and Wellbeing
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd