Spiritual Care Recovery Research

The role of research supporting the necessity of integrating spirituality into addiction recovery.

Laura Davida Preves, Miracle Principles


According to research by Project MATCH, a program of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, spiritually focused addiction treatment programs have resulted in up to 10 percent greater abstinence rates than other forms of treatment.

“Religion/spirituality can play a powerful role in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.” (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia Univ. (CASA), 2001, p. ii)

• Adults with no religious/spiritual values are 1.5 times more likely to use alcohol/cigarettes; 3 times more likely to binge drink; 4 times more likely to use illicit drugs; 6 times more likely to use marijuana (CASA, 2001).

• Teens with no or little religious/spiritual values are 2 times more likely to drink; 5 times more likely to use illicit drugs; 7 times more likely to use marijuana.




Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.
— Miracle Principle #6 ACIM