From the bottom to the sublime spirituality in the recovery process from PTSD

Tuly Flint, Natti Ronel

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Abstract

For those who have suffered from trauma and are struggling with PTSD, finding healing through spiritual means can be a meaningful experience for trauma survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones. While much of the current research on PTSD recovery focuses on psychological, physiological, social, and cognitive factors, the spiritual dimension is often overlooked despite its increasing recognition in recent years. This study explores the experiences of individuals who attribute their recovery from PTSD to spirituality, with participants from diverse backgrounds of religion, culture, nationality, and level of faith who have experienced various traumas and recovery methods. The study identifies four stages of recovery: disappointment and disconnection, rock bottom, a leap into spirituality, and mutual forgiveness leading to reconnection. The role of powerlessness in the recovery process is also examined, and a model for a spiritually-based approach to recovery containing the four phases and three turning points is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-259
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

Keywords

  • PTSD
  • Spirituality
  • recovery
  • therapy
  • trauma

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Religious studies

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