SPIRITUAL COUNSELLING AS A MODE OF INTERVENTION TO ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Dr. D. Prince Annadurai

Abstract


Alcohol addiction has become wide and extensive in today's world and it is one of the haunting task the country faces in
the 21st century. There are many treatment models of de-addiction implemented in various centers of de-addiction which
includes group therapy, family therapy, and behavioral therapy. However, spiritual counselling approach is not given its importance though it
signicantly helps in de-addiction treatment. This study focuses on the effectiveness of spiritual counselling as a mode of intervention on persons
addicted to alcohol. The study was conducted in TRADA- a Christian de-addiction center in Kottayam. The research aims to study thelevel of
depression among alcoholics, attitude towards life and mental health, coping and resilience, self-esteem, severity of dependence and readiness to
change before and after spiritual counselling. Along with the interview schedule prepared by the researcher, the following tools were used: Patient
Health Questionnaire 9, Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale, Brief Resilience Scale, Severity of Dependence and Readiness to Change Scale. Data was
collected by the researcher before and after intervention. The analysis of data showed that there was a signicant change in the level of depression,
coping, resilience, self-esteem and readiness to change among the alcoholics due to spiritual counselling. It is suggested that spiritual counseling
can be included as a model of de-addiction treatment along with other modes of intervention. It also can be included in Social Work curriculum
especially in mental health eld.


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