The Experience of Religion and Spirituality Among College Students Who Use Illicit Substances

Elizabeth A. Prosek, Amanda L. Giordano, Elliott S. Woehler, Sahar Loseu, Julia Stamman, Shannon Lollar, Hannah Grossman, Lauren Stroh

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Abstract

Nine collegiate illicit substance users participated in a phenomenological study of their perceptions of religion, spirituality, and substance use. We identified three themes from the interviews: (a) development of substance-using behaviors, (b) journey with religion and spirituality, and (c) intersectionality of substance use and religious and spiritual journeys. The participants voiced a complex bidirectional relationship among use behaviors, religion, and spirituality that could be facilitative, adverse, or divergent. We provide implications and suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-205
Number of pages17
JournalCounseling and Values
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies

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