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Faith-based alcohol treatment in England and Wales: new evidence for policy and practice

Williams, A. ORCID: and Jayne, M. 2020. Faith-based alcohol treatment in England and Wales: new evidence for policy and practice. Health and Place 66 , 102457. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102457

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While the historical importance of religion in alcohol treatment is well known, the size, scope and significance of contemporary activities remain unclear. Here we begin to address this gap in knowledge by presenting results from a mixed methods study of faith-based alcohol treatment in England and Wales. The paper begins by mapping location, religious affiliation, organisational structure and service provision. We then discuss evidence regarding challenges, opportunities and tensions bound up with faith-based organisations ‘filling gaps’ left by long term restructuring of alcohol service provision, recent ‘austerity’ funding cuts and relationships between secular and faith-based organisations. In the final substantive section, we engage with questions of ethics and care by focusing on the internal workings of a subset of faith-based programs that make requirements for religious participation. Drawing on the variegated experiences of service-users, we reflect on the ethics of religious conversion in faith-based alcohol treatment. The conclusion offers policy and practice relevant insights and outlines areas for future research on religion, austerity, and alcohol treatment

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license 4.0
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 October 2020
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 04:07

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