Addiction, Narrative and Spirituality

Theoretical-Methodological Approaches and Overview.

Srdjan Sremac.

Religija i tolerancija, 8 (14), 2010, 253-270.


In the article the author presents different theoretical and methodological approaches to substance addiction: biological, socio-cultural, psychological, and narrative theories. The author argues that we have to develop a comprehensive theory of addiction that should include not only biomedical, psychological and socio-cultural factors but spiritual aspects of the individual as well. A more holistic and yet fully empirical model of research in addictiology as a human science must indeed include the spiritual dimension. Therefore, a comprehensive theory of addiction has to address all aspects: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual for effective treatment and recovery.

Key words: Addiction, spirituality, religiousness, narrative.