Testimony and Transformation

Addiction, Meaning and Spiritual Change.

Srdjan Sremac & R. Ruard Ganzevoort

In H. Westerink (ed.). Constructs of Meaning and Religious Transformation. Vienna University Press: Vienna. 2013.


The purpose of this paper is to explore the interaction between meaning and
transformation in the specific context of addiction. The paper takes a narrative
approach focusing on religious conversion testimonies of former drug addicts.
In order to understand the processes of the construction of meaning and spi-
ritual transformation among recovered drug addicts, we have to see how they
craft narratives about their addiction experiences and conversion, how they tell
these testimonies to themselves and to others, and ultimately how these testi-
monies become convincing to them.