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Cook, Christopher C. H., Gilvarry, Eilish & Hearn, Andrea (2018). Addiction Psychiatry. In Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion. Peteet, J. R., Dell, M. L. & Fung, W. L. A. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 150-156.

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In addiction psychiatry, spirituality and religion present a set of ethical challenges associated with the various ways in which recovery is linked to particular spiritual and religious programs, such as those offered by the 12-step mutual help groups, related professional rehabilitation programs, and other explicitly religious programs of recovery. In addition, individual patients construct their own narratives of recovery in the light of their personal spiritual/religious beliefs. Potential clashes between the different spiritual/religious perspectives of a recovery program, and patient and professional attitudes need to be managed sensitively and with a patient centered approach The issues arising here are illustrated by way of two case studies.