Addiction and Spirituality:  Scientific, Theological, & Clinical Perspectives

A Conference for Researchers, Addictions Treatment Providers, and Clergy

Sponsored by the Indiana State University Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality and the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan. With additional support from the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education (Indiana University School of Medicine); Hamilton Center, Inc.; and the ISU College of Arts & Sciences.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, March 10-12, 2005 - Terre Haute, Indiana

We had around 180 people attend the conference, and have received lots of great feedback about the conference. We will be posting MORE pictures and copies of presentations from the conference on this page soon. Check back regularly for updates.


Keynote Presentations
Alan Marlatt, Ph.D. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D.,
Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington
"Mindfulness Meditation in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors"
Rev. Linda Mercandante, Ph.D. (Rev.) Linda Mercadante, Ph.D.,
B. Robert Straker Chair of Theology, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
"The Spiritual Roots of Addiction & Recovery"

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Research Presentations
Kathleen Goggin, Ph.D. Kathleen Goggin, Ph.D.,
Department of Psychology; University of Missouri-Kansas City
"What's God Got to do With it? A Cognitive Model of the Influence of Faith Among African American Youth"
Elizabeth Robinson, M.S.W., Ph.D. Elizabeth Robinson, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Substance Abuse Section, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
"Six-Month Changes in Spirituality and Religiousness in Treated Alcoholics"
Sarah Zemore, Ph.D. Sarah Zemore, Ph.D.,
Alcohol Research Group, National Alcohol Research Center, University of California at Berkeley
"The Good, the Religious, and the Spiritual: The Same?"

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Tom Johnson, Ph.D. Tom Johnson, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Psychology; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality, Indiana State University
"Explaining the Connection Between Religiousness/Spirituality and Alcohol Problems"

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Special Presentations
Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. Jean Kristeller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Director - Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality, Indiana State University
"Eating Dysregulation and Mindfulness Meditation"
  Valerie DeMarinis, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Department of Cultural Psychology and Behavioral Sciences of Religion, Uppsala University, Sweden
"The spiritual dimension as existential meaning making in addiction treatment in Sweden: The importance and challenge of cultural context analysis in addiction research"
Other Presentations

Thursday, March 10

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"So Help Me God: Substance Abuse, Religion and Spirituality"
Susan E. Foster; Vice President and Director, Policy Research and Analysis; The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

"Identifying and Prioritizing Potential Interventions by Faith-Based Nurses Related to Substance Abuse"
Andrea Kovalevsky, RN, MA, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Washington, Bothell

"Normative Data, Differences in Selected Demographic Variables, and Potential Utility of the Christian Spirituality Inventory"
Clayton Shorkey, LMSW-ACP, Ph.D., Associate Professor, & Liliane C. Windsor, LMSW, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.
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"A Brief Clinical Intervention to Heighten Problem Drinkers' Awareness of Spiritual Difficulties"
Stephen Saunders, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training, Marquette University
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"Religion and Self: The Natural Prevention of Drug Use in Colombia, South America"
Daniel H. Lende, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
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"Religiousness and Alcohol Use in College Students: Patterning of Relationships by Race"
Jemour Maddux, Indiana State University

"Religion and Alcohol in the U.S. National Alcohol Survey (2000)"
Laurence O. Michalak, Ph.D., Alcohol Research Group, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

"Addressing Faith-Based Resistance in Addiction Treatment with Evangelical Christians"
Kenneth M. Stoltzfus, MSW, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor III, Associate Professor of Social Work, Malone College

"Treating the Criminal Offender:  The Place for Spirituality in Correctional Programs"
Stephen K. Valle, Sc.D., MBA; Lisa M. Talbot, MA; Edward Bleu, M.Ed., LMHC, LACAC I; Roger Allen, MA, LMHC AdCare Criminal Justice Services, Inc.

Friday, March 11

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"Partnerships Between Researchers and Faith Based Providers: Why It Matters"
Tom Johnson, Ph.D. - Associate Director, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality
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"Congregations, Universities and the Promise of Collaborative Research: The Example of Columbus Congregations for Healthy Youth"
Kenneth Steinman, Ph.D., MPH. Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University School of Public Health:

"Gambling Recovery Ministries: A Working Model in Progress"
Rev. Janet Jacobs, Director, Gambling Recovery Ministries, South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
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"The Hoosier Faith and Health Coalition: The Making of a Movement"
Anita W. Gaillard, MSPH, Director of Community Programs, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency

"Addictions: Mobilizing a Congregational Response"
Trish Merrill, Director, The Rush Center of the Johnson Institute, Austin, TX

"Religious and Theological Roots of the 12-Step Approach"
Linda Mercadante, Ph.D. - B. Robert Straker Chair of Theology, The Methodist Theological School in Ohio

"Waking up From Addiction: A Mindfulness Approach to 12-Step Oriented Treatment."
Daniel H. Angres, M.D., Director, Rush Behavioral Health, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center
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"Examining the Spiritual Experience in Alcoholics Anonymous"
Jeff Sandoz, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

"Belief in Divine Intervention and Locus of Control in Recovery Group Members"
John Auxier, M.Div., Ph.D., Dean of Trinity Western Seminary, Associated Canadian Theological Schools, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada:

"Epiphanic Possibility: How the Humanities Can Access Insight for the Addicted Individual"
W. Ben Hill, M.S., Brigham Young University

"A Pilot Study Introducing Qi-Meditation Therapy into Addiction Treatment"
Kevin W. Chen, Ph.D., MPH; Douglas Zeidonis, MD, MPH; Tony Comerford, Ph.D., & Phillip Shinnick, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

"The Effect of Johrei Healing on Substance Abuse Recovery"
Audrey J. Brooks, Ph.D., Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., & Katie Reece, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

"Vipassana Meditation and Psychological Well-Being"
Neharika Chawla, M. A. -Department of Psychology/Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington

"Measuring Mindfulness in Relation to Spirituality and Substance Use"
Janis Leigh, Research Coordinator, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

"Religiousness, Coping, and Alcohol use in College Students"
Emily Brechting, M.S., University of Kentucky

"Helping Behavior, Well-Being, and Alcohol Use in College Students"
Randy Halberda, MS, Indiana State University

"Stage 2 Recovery, Learning to Forgive, & Spiritual Growth: A Randomized Clinical Trial"
Kenneth Hart, Ph.D., University of Windsor
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Saturday, March 12

"Measurement of Alcohol and Other Drug Related Variables"
Thomas J. Johnson, Ph.D., Indiana State University
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"Measuring Religion (R) and Spirituality (S): Recent Developments and Challenges"
Peter Hill, Ph.D., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
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We would like to offer a special thanks to the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan for supporting this conference, as well as their past generous support and cooperation with the NIAAA in funding the Spirituality and Alcohol research program.