Spirituality in Recovery: Insights from Non‐Christian Perspectives

What is spirituality? What is the role of spirituality when treating substance use disorders? Can 12-Step programs, which are rooted in Christian beliefs, be relevant to other cultural and religious traditions? This interactive workshop features discussion of three of the many spiritual approaches to recovery: Judaic, Buddhist and Native American.

Two of the three lectures in this course are audio only as the presenters did not utilize slides. 


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PHYSICIANS: The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program can apply a maximum of 3.5 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing the Review Course.

Continuing education credit is also available for nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, therapists, and drug abuse counselors. 

Target Audience

  • Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Primary care clinicians who want to get a better understanding of addiction and manage patients with addictions in their practice
  • Public health officials who want an understanding of the current state of addiction treatment
  • Non-physicians who are involved in the treatment of addiction

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply principles of non-Christian spirituality to the treatment of patients with substance use disorders
  2. Understand approaches to spiituality in non-Christian cultures in order to treat patients with non-Christian cultural backgrounds
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA Category 1
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  • Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Head Rabbi, Beit T’Shuvah
  • Harriet Rossetto. Founder and Executive Vice President, Beit T’Shuvah
  • Noah Levine, Refuge Recovery, Buddhist teacher, author and counselor; author of Dharma Punx and Against The Stream
  • Benjamin M. Eiland, MA, CATC IV, CATE, private practice specializing in relapse prevention and spirituality. 


Workshop Planners

  • Chwen-­‐Yuen Angie Chen, MD, FACP, Private Practice; Clinical instructor at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Stanford Family Practice Clinic 
  • Helen “Py” Driscoll, MD , Alameda County Medical Center; Consulting Physician, Alta Mira Recovery Programs 

None of the faculty or planners for this workshop reported any relevant financial

Available Credit

  • 3.50 AMA Category 1


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