Medical versus Spiritual Orientations: Differential Patient Views toward Recovery

Benjamin Cheney, Marc Galanter, Helen Dermatis, Stephen Ross
2009 The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse  
Relapse among patients in substance abuse treatment has generated interest in identifying attitudinal factors that sustain recovery. Objective: To assess the relationship of attitudes toward approaches to motivation for treatment and Twelve Step beliefs. Methods: Dually diagnosed patients (N = 100) completed a survey assessing treatment attitudes, motivation, and Twelve Step beliefs. Results: Endorsement of medical services was positively correlated with motivation but unrelated to Twelve Step
more » ... ted to Twelve Step beliefs. Endorsement of religious services was unrelated to motivation but was associated with Twelve Step beliefs. Conclusions: Patients may have differing perceptions regarding routes to recovery based on preferences for professional services or spiritual resources.
doi:10.1080/00952990903060119 pmid:19637102 fatcat:y7mndfgn65fthp4jsayxeaafwm