Addiction and Pastoral Care

Addiction and Pastoral Care


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A timely resource treating addiction holistically as both a spiritual and a pathological condition

Substance addictions present a unique set of challenges for pastoral care. In this book Sonia Waters weaves together personal stories, research, and theological reflection to offer helpful tools for ministers, counselors, chaplains, and anyone else called to care pastorally for those struggling with addiction.

Waters uses the story of the Gerasene demoniac in Mark’s Gospel to reframe addiction as a “soul-sickness” that arises from a legion of individual and social vulnerabilities. She includes pastoral reflections on oppression, the War on Drugs, trauma, guilt, discipleship, and identity. The final chapters focus on practical-care skills that address the challenges of recovery, especially ambivalence and resistance to change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802875686
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 675,332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sonia E. Waters is assistant professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and an Episcopal priest. She has served as a volunteer chaplain at a local treatment center and is involved in recovery activities in the Princeton area.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Swinton ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Addiction across the Board 4

Addiction Organized 7

Terms and Conditions 10

1 Addiction as Soul-Sickness 14

Addiction, Relationality, and Soul-Sickness 16

How We See Addictions: A Brief History 18

Limits of the Moral and Medical Models 23

The Emergence of Addiction 24

Symptoms of the Sickness 28

Desire, Pleasure, and Soul-Sickness 31

The Framework of a Soul-Sickness 34

2 This Is Your Brain on Drugs 37

Drugs Inside and Outside the Self 40

The Rewiring of the Brain 42

"Your Mind Is an Unsafe Neighborhood; Don't Go There Alone" 45

The Progress into Possession 48

Chronic Stress in Addiction 50

Excursus: Porn Addiction 52

The Brain in Pastoral Care 54

3 Addiction, Attachment, and Trauma 57

Attachment and Self-Regulation 60

Resistant, Avoidant, and Disorganized Attachment Relationships 63

Childhood Trauma and Disorganized Attachment 66

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 67

Excursus: Eating Disorders 70

Putting the Pieces Together 72

Christian Practices of Self-Regulation 77

A Slower Resurrection 78

4 Addiction and Social Suffering 83

Racism, Homophobia, and Distress 85

Social Stress and the Crossover Effect 91

Socioeconomic Insecurity 93

The War on Drugs 97

Social Sin in Pastoral Care 99

5 Soul-Sickness and the Legion 104

The Social Demoniac 109

Bargaining with a Demon 112

Healing and Restoration 114

The Soul in Soul-Sickness 116

Untangling the Demoniac from God 121

Meaning-Making through Moral Complexity 124

Incarnational Grace 127

6 Motivational Interviewing and Change 130

The Balancing Act of Change 133

Intrinsic Motivation and Cultural Values 141

Frames Brief Intervention 144

Frames Feedback and the "Elicit-Provide-Elicit" Model of Intervention 145

Excursus: The Loved Ones of a Legion 148

Pastoral Care and the Self 150

7 Moving into Change 152

Encounters with Change 155

The Precontemplation Stage 156

The Contemplation Stage 161

The Preparation Stage 164

The Action Stage 166

Maintaining Recovery 169

Relapse Prevention 170

Supporting Spiritual Growth 173

Excursus: Mental-Health Conditions 175

Opening to Change 177

Notes 183

Bibliography 203

Index of Authors 219

Index of Subjects 221

Index of Scripture Citations 226

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