Religious treatments for drug addiction: An exploratory study in Brazil

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dc.contributor.author van der Meer Sanchez, Zila [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Nappo, Solange A. [UNIFESP]
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-24T13:51:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-24T13:51:36Z
dc.date.issued 2008-08-01
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.04.009
dc.identifier.citation Social Science & Medicine. Oxford: Pergamon-Elsevier B.V., v. 67, n. 4, p. 638-646, 2008.
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536
dc.identifier.uri http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/30824
dc.description.abstract The main objective of the present work is to understand the processes used in emerging Catholic and Protestant religious interventions for recovery from drug dependence, from the vantage point of individuals subjected to them. A qualitative method and an intentional sample selected by criteria were adopted for this investigation, which was conducted in São Paulo, Brazil. An in-depth semi-structured interview was conducted with 57 predominantly male former drug users who fit the criteria: they had been submitted to non-medical religious treatments to treat dependence and were abstinent for at least 6 months. Crisis was found to be the main reason leading interviewees to seek treatment; this includes, losing family, losing employment, and experiencing severe humiliation. Evangelicals most used religious resources exclusively as treatment, showing strong aversion to the role of doctors and to any type of pharmacological treatment. A common feature of Catholic and Protestant groups is the importance ascribed to praying and talking to God, described by Subjects as strongly anxiolytic, and a means to control drug craving. Confession and forgiveness, through faith conversion or penitences, respectively, appeal strongly to the restructuring of life and increase of self-esteem. Religious interventions were considered effective by the individuals who underwent them and were seen as attractive for the humane, respectful treatment they delivered. the key aspects of this type of treatment are social support provided by the receiving group, equal treatment, and instant, judgment-free acceptance. the success of these actions, then, is not only due to some supernatural aspect, as might be assumed, but also more to the unconditional dedication of human beings to their peers. Given the difficulty in treating drug dependence, religious interventions could be used as a complementary treatment for conventional therapies. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. en
dc.format.extent 638-646
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier B.V.
dc.relation.ispartof Social Science & Medicine
dc.rights Acesso restrito
dc.subject drug dependence en
dc.subject religion en
dc.subject qualitative method en
dc.subject interpersonal relationships en
dc.subject faith en
dc.subject Brazil en
dc.subject treatment for addiction en
dc.title Religious treatments for drug addiction: An exploratory study in Brazil en
dc.type Artigo
dc.rights.license http://www.elsevier.com/about/open-access/open-access-policies/article-posting-policy
dc.contributor.institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.description.affiliation Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Dept Psychobiol, Brazilian Ctr Informat Psychotrop Drugs CEBRID, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Dept Psychobiol, Brazilian Ctr Informat Psychotrop Drugs CEBRID, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.04.009
dc.description.source Web of Science
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000259060600016



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