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Reconstructing Sikh Spirituality in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Morjaria-Keval, Asesha; Keval, Harshad


Asesha Morjaria-Keval

Harshad Keval


This paper situates Sikh identity, spirituality, and recovery from alcohol addiction within a nexus of complex social, psychological, and cultural factors. The way in which affected people in Sikh communities in Britain are able to locate and utilize unofficial recovery trajectories, often successfully alleviating suffering, presents both academic research and service provision with potential puzzles. While Sikh communities have been long settled in the UK, there is still a dearth of extensive, multi-method, and analytically rich research investigating the role of spirituality and Sikh identity. We present existing models of recovery process and locate them against an individual psychological and sociological backdrop, so that through the use of spirituality, recovery along this route is interpreted as having both otherworldly as well as materially grounded formations. It is this duality, we argue, that is prominent socially, culturally, and psychologically as important in the recovery from addiction. The multi-factorial nature of this mechanism of change raises important questions for not only addiction recovery, but also notions of continuity and change in Sikh identity. We aim to contribute to this growing body of work in order to re-situate the role of spirituality and identity in alcohol addiction recovery.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2023
Journal Religions
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 122-138
Keywords alcohol addiction; recovery; religion; spirituality; Sikh identity


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