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Cleary, Daniel (2019) Spirituality in the recovery process of addiction - is there an impact on the therapist? Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy , 19 , (1) , pp. 14-19.

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For therapists working in the addiction treatment field, the use of spiritual concepts in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction is viewed by some as the clearest demonstration of the value of spirituality and this construct may be seen as the central curative factor in recovery

Introduction: There may be an impact on the addiction counsellor when spirituality is incorporated into the recovery process and this poses important implications for training and supervision of therapists in addiction work. There needs to be an openness and awareness around spirituality, irrespective of whether the counsellor personally believes in spirituality or not. When spirituality is part of the recovery process, it can enable the counsellor to deal with and manage an array of issues that arise with the client, as well as enhancing the work and life of the therapist…..


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