This course will approach addiction with a broader under?
standing of the term. Students will learn that the addictive
process is an expression of progressive, spiritual disease.
This has profound and inter-related ramifications in the
psychological, emotional, cognitive, and physical do?
mains. The addictive process also has serious consequences
within relationships: at home, within the society, at work,
and in the Church. Resources from Orthodox theology,
spirituality, psychology, and the addictions field (with par?
ticular emphasis on the 12-step self-help movement) will
be studied. Opportunities for personal reflection and ex?
pressions of pastoral response will also be explored.