AA Members Understandings of the Higher Power (HP) A Qualitative Study
Lawrence, JA (2015). AA Members Understandings of the Higher Power (HP) A Qualitative Study. Journal of addiction research and therapy. 6 (2).
Thematic analysis (TA) was used to research how AA members understood the Higher Power (HP). The question of its place in recovery from alcoholism was addressed. The analysis of 10 recorded one-hour interviews led to argue that the Higher Power is not only central to sobriety by also to the well-being of AA members whatever their original or current declared spiritual or religious beliefs may be. Their experiential relationship with it gives a new meaning to their life which goes beyond their sense of identity. The centrality of the HP in AA seems to rub off on its members so that by practicing the program they act more and more like believers in their lives. The main understanding of the HP is Love.
|Journal||Journal of addiction research and therapy|
|Journal citation||6 (2)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000233|
|23 Jun 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||20 Feb 2017|
|Accepted||16 Jun 2015|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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