Addiction Treatment: Comparing Religion and Science in Application

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Addiction Treatment is an ethnography that compares two types of residential drug-free treatment programs—religious, faith-based programs and science-based, secular programs. Although these programs have originated from significantly different ideological bases, in examining the day-to-day operations of each, Daniel E. Hood concludes that they are far more alike than they are different.

Drug-free treatment today, whether in secular or religious form, is little more than a ...

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Overview

Addiction Treatment is an ethnography that compares two types of residential drug-free treatment programs—religious, faith-based programs and science-based, secular programs. Although these programs have originated from significantly different ideological bases, in examining the day-to-day operations of each, Daniel E. Hood concludes that they are far more alike than they are different.

Drug-free treatment today, whether in secular or religious form, is little more than a remnant of the temperance movement. It is a warning to stop using drugs. At its best, treatment provides practical advice and support for complete abstinence. At its worst, it demeans users for a form of behavior that is not well understood and threatens death if they do not stop. Hood argues that there is no universal agreement on what addiction is and that drug abuse is little more than a catch-all term of no specific meaning used to condemn behavior that is socially unacceptable.

Through extensive participatory observations, intimate life history interviews, and informal conversations with residents and staff, Hood shows how both programs use the same basic techniques of ideological persuasion (mutual witnessing), methods of social control (discourse deprivation), and the same proposed zero tolerance, abstinent lifestyle (Christian living vs. Right living) as they endeavor to transform clients from addicts to citizens or from sinners to disciples.

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“This book does an excellent job describing the treatment programs in terms of how meaning is constructed by the residence and treatment approach. . . this book is incredibly interesting, useful, and insightful. Access to quality addition treatments remains an important public health concern, and effective treatments require incorporating scientific research and multiple therapies and modalities in approaches.” —Mercedes Rubio, Contemporary Sociology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412814638
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 261
  • Sales rank: 1,487,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel E. Hood, sociologist, ethnographer, and harm reductionist, is a professor of sociology and criminal justice. He has taught for both City and State Universities of New York for more than thirty years. He is the author of Addiction Treatment and Redemption and Recovery (both Transaction, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: Redemption and Recovery as Addiction Treatment xiii

1 Two Houses: People, Places, and Programs 1

2 Parallels in Redemption and Recovery: A Prima Facie Case 39

3 Redemption House: The Social Construction of a Calling 83

4 Recovery House: The Social Construction of Pathology 121

5 Ritual, Miracle, and Myth: Reinforcing Faith in Redemption and Recovery 169

6 Recovery and Redemption: Conclusions, Previews, and Alternatives 197

Bibliography 209

Author Index 227

Subject Index 229

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