Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Jeanne Shea

Secondary Mentor NetID

jbuzas

Secondary Mentor Name

Dr. Jeff Buzas

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Program/Major

Statistics

Second Program (optional)

Anthropology

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Title

The Role of Religion and Spirituality as Factors in Successful Recovery from Alcoholism for AA Members in Vermont

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Social Sciences

Abstract

This research project is an effort to learn more about the relationship between religion/spirituality, alcohol use, and recovery from alcoholism for those living in New England from survey data as well as personal accounts from recovering alcoholics in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) comprise 6 of the 9 states in the 2010 National Alcohol Survey that show the lowest average rating of respondents saying religion is important to them (lowest religiosity rating). This makes studying how religion plays a role in the recovery experience of alcoholics in Burlington, VT an interesting case study to fill the gap in New England specific AA research. This topic is examined through the lenses of medical anthropology and statistics. It is a mixed methods study, first analyzing publicly available quantitative data from the 2010 National Alcohol Survey New England responses to gain an understanding of the relationship between religion variables and alcohol use in New England. The qualitative data will is gathered in the form of interviews of AA members in Burlington, VT that asked about the AA members’ relationships to religion/spirituality and whether and how it has impacted their recovery path from alcohol addiction. The conclusions drawn from this research can be used to better understand the relationship between religion/spirituality and recovery from alcoholism in New England.

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The Role of Religion and Spirituality as Factors in Successful Recovery from Alcoholism for AA Members in Vermont

This research project is an effort to learn more about the relationship between religion/spirituality, alcohol use, and recovery from alcoholism for those living in New England from survey data as well as personal accounts from recovering alcoholics in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) comprise 6 of the 9 states in the 2010 National Alcohol Survey that show the lowest average rating of respondents saying religion is important to them (lowest religiosity rating). This makes studying how religion plays a role in the recovery experience of alcoholics in Burlington, VT an interesting case study to fill the gap in New England specific AA research. This topic is examined through the lenses of medical anthropology and statistics. It is a mixed methods study, first analyzing publicly available quantitative data from the 2010 National Alcohol Survey New England responses to gain an understanding of the relationship between religion variables and alcohol use in New England. The qualitative data will is gathered in the form of interviews of AA members in Burlington, VT that asked about the AA members’ relationships to religion/spirituality and whether and how it has impacted their recovery path from alcohol addiction. The conclusions drawn from this research can be used to better understand the relationship between religion/spirituality and recovery from alcoholism in New England.