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The Impact of Religiosity and Spirituality on Health

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Religiosity and Spirituality

According to researchers, a person’s religious habits and spirituality can influence certain health outcomes. In fact, this has proven to be especially true for emotional responses to collective traumatic events, like September 11th. Prior to this national tragedy, a group of researchers gathered information from 890 adults regarding their health, religiosity, and spirituality. Over the next three years, the research team examined these areas of their subjects’ health a total of six times.

In this study, the team discovered clear links between religiosity and mental health and spirituality and physical health, respectively. For example, religious people appeared to have a higher positive attitude and lower risk of new mental problems. In contrast, spiritual people seemed to have a higher positive attitude and a lower instance of new physical infections.

“[We discovered that] religiosity and spirituality [were] independently and differentially related to mental and physical health,” said researcher Michael J. Poulin of the University of Buffalo. “So, they are not interchangeable indices of religion.”

Building Religiosity and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

If you are a person of faith struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Road to Recovery at (844) 402-3605. Our staff of certified addiction treatment professionals and pastors can help you regain your sobriety, as well as your sense of religiosity and spirituality.

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