• Impact and Outputs from the Higher Power Project

    CSARS: Chester Studies of Addiction, Recovery and Spirituality Group The Higher Power Project Background The Chester Study of Addiction, Recovery & Spirituality (CSARS) Group is based at the University of Chester and aims to: To undertake qualitative research amongst people in recovery, with a focus on spirituality, broadly defined. To develop projects in the community […]

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  • Wendy speaks to Dr Chris Cotter of the Religious Studies Project about the Higher Power Project research

    The Religious Studies Project is an international collaborative enterprise producing weekly podcasts with leading scholars on the social-scientific study of religion. It was launched in 2012 by (then PhD students) Christopher R. Cotter (Lancaster University) and David G. Robertson (University of Edinburgh) to help disseminate contemporary issues in Religious Studies (RS) to a wider audience and to provide a resource for undergraduate students of RS, their teachers, and interested members of the public.

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  • 4th Annual Recovery from Addiction Conference – 2015

    DAY ONE – ‘Religion, Addiction and Recovery’ Launch of Special Edition of Religions Speakers include:    

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  • Durham Cathedral Lecture

    Wendy presented some of the findings of the Higher Power Project at the Faces and Voices of Recovery Spirituality Conference on September 11th 2015.

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  • Is Spiritual Anonymity Depriving Us of Addiction Recovery Role Models?

    Recovery from addiction is becoming increasingly visible. In September,International Recovery Month, people dressed in purple, walked communally through city and town centres on several continents, with whistles and banners, holding fêtes and festivals of all kinds, to announce publicly that recovery is a reality in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones. […]

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  • Addiction and Faith: The 12-Step Programme

    The 12 steps which form the backbone of Alcoholics Anonymous and many other self-help groups for addicts were first devised in America in the 1930s – and whilst they only mention alcohol once, God features four times, along with references to a higher power and spiritual awakening.

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  • Reflections: The Morning After (Wendy Dossett)

    Without first-hand experience of the value-distortions of active addiction it is undoubtedly difficult to comprehend. However, those that have lived through that experience and survive to tell the tale say they find it all too easy to understand, and perhaps all the more tragic and heart-breaking for that.

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  • Recovery From Addiction: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Practice Conference Report

    With professional treatment services reduced through public sector austerity measures, attention has turned to the potential role for ‘Mutual Aid’ in supporting people seeking to address substance misuse issues. Organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous have existed in communities for decades, and have more recently been joined by SMART, which addresses a range of addictive behaviours.

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  • Higher Power Project Conference 20th – 21st February 2013 – Report

    What does religion have to say about addiction? Faith-Based Solutions to Addiction Conference The Faith-Based Solutions to Addiction Conference at the University of Chester on February 20th 2013 attempted to answer this question by offering a forum for a range of Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs) dedicated to helping addicts turn their lives around to explain their […]

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  • Can Spirituality Help People with Substance Use Disorders?

    In the days following comedian Russell Brand’s announced plans for Comic Relief benefit to help highlight the issue of drug and alcohol dependence in the UK, academics from the University of Chester are preparing for a two-day event focused on the issues of addiction.

    On February 20th and 21st, the institution is hosting a two-day event where well-known speakers from the fields of addiction studies, religious studies and theology, as well as treatment centre professionals and counsellors, will discuss the connection between addiction and spirituality.

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