Spirituality in Addiction Recovery: A Narrative Review

Shelbi Snodgrass, Lynn Corcoran, Paul Jerry

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In the area of addiction, Canada has been in a public health crisis since 2016. Addiction takes a toll on an individual’s self-worth and identity. In this narrative literature review, the distinct nature of spirituality was addressed. Next, individualized conceptualizations of spirituality were outlined. Subsequently, the importance of fellowship in addiction recovery was detailed. Next, the significance of being of service was presented. Meaningful and authentic spirituality were discussed in the context of recovery identity. Lastly, spirituality as a personal journey is described. A narrative literature review of 70 manuscripts published between 1999 and 2021 was undertaken to determine multiple approaches to treating addiction recovery in the context of spiritual development. An understanding of spirituality can inform counsellors regarding spiritual development in addiction recovery. Implications for counselling include a roadmap to support clients developing an individualized spiritual connection and operating as a functional system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-530
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb. 2024


  • Addiction recovery
  • Alcoholics anonymous
  • Counselling psychology
  • Spirituality


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