Spirituality and Addiction
"Spiritus contra Spiritus - one drives out the other", was the common formula between the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung and Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. It also has been noted, that for instance alcoholism might be conceived as a kind of spiritual thirst. In the mean time there has been a lot of research conducted which confirms this notion on an empirical level. Spiritual intervention techniques might be helpful at all stages of addictive diseases - in prevention, treatment as well as in after-care. Substance dependents showed to relapse significantly less often, when being additionally approached spiritually. However, we have to learn much more about the association between spirituality and addiction in order to integrate religious/spiritual techniques more adequately.