Spirituality and the Health Professional

By Richard Schaub PhD
April 29, 2014
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The inclusion of spirituality in addictions recovery began with the 12-steps program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Cofounded by Bill Wilson, the 12-steps’ spiritual orientation is based on Wilson’s own recovery from alcoholism that was associated with a spiritual experience. His correspondence with Carl Jung, who verified the importance of Wilson’s experience, empowered Wilson to make spirituality central to the 12 steps. Spirituality remains a source of misunderstanding between the scientific, empirically informed mental health community, and the 12-step recovery movement. This article offers an outline of spiritual development, based on neuroscience, which the professional can utilize in the spiritual aspect of a patient’s recovery.

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By Richard Schaub PhD

Richard Schaub has an MS from Hofstra University in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. from St. John’s University in counseling psychology. He has over 40 years of clinical experience in many healthcare settings. His current specialty is training professionals to work with young adult anxiety.

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