The phenomenon of substance and process addiction cuts across all communities, impacting the individuals themselves, as well as their families and faith communities. Consequently, all pastoral and community leaders must be informed and prepared to address these concerns. This course explores historical and current understandings of addiction, including the role of stigma and/or oppression (e.g., sexism, racism, homo/transphobia, disability), current information emerging from neuroscience, and the wide-ranging impact of addiction on families and communities. Various approaches to treatment and recovery are reviewed. Specific pastoral and spiritual care strategies are explored, including education, counseling with individuals and families currently affected by addiction, spiritual care to support those in recovery from addiction, and creating communities supportive of those in recovery.
- Professor: Elijah C. Nealy