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Interaction of Spirituality and Religion with Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse 

Interaction of Spirituality and Religion with Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse
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Interaction of Spirituality and Religion with Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse
Author(s):

Bruce Y. Lee

, Andrew B. Newberg

, and Shahla J. Modir

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190275334.003.0021
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date: 23 September 2020

Medical and scientific communities have become interested in the effects of religion on health, mental health, and substance abuse. Coverage of the interplay of religion and health is more frequent in the main stream media. There is a surge in the popularity of spiritual activities, such as yoga and mindfulness meditation, that aim to improve physical and mental health, as well as help with substance abuse. Many patients consider religion to be important and have indicated they would like to discuss religious issues with their psychiatrists. This chapter reviews the clinical effects of religious and spiritual practices on physical, mental health and health-related behaviors. Additionally, we will review the interactive effect of AA on spirituality and recovery, and the impact spirituality can have on improving abstinence from substance abuse. We also will discuss future directions in the roles of religion and spirituality in health care.

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