Spirituality & Addiction Recovery

Dr. Linda Mercadante is a prolific writer. She is the author of five books and regularly contributes to national and professional publications on the topics she addresses at events and conferences throughout North America. Her articles have been published in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly among others. She is a frequent broadcast guest and was recently interviewed on NBC’s The Today Show.


Sample of Publications on Addiction & Recovery by Dr. Linda Mercadante

What is addiction, really? Some think it is a medical problem, others think it is essentially a spiritual illness, and still others insist it is about personal choice. How can we consider all these aspects in a compassionate and effective manner? Understanding the theology that undergirds addiction recovery is one very important way. The good news is that addiction recovery can become a blessing in disguise, being the start of true spiritual liberation!

“Sin and Addiction: Fellow Travelers or Conceptual Enemies?” in Religions, May 2015. http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/614/html

“Helping Addicts Move Beyond the Spiritual Wading Pool: A New Approach to Religion and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions,”in THE JOURNAL OF EXISTENTIAL PSYCHOLOGY + PSYCHOTHERAPY Fall 2010 journal.existentialpsychology.org.

“Religious and Theological Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous,” Vol. 1, THE PRAEGER INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION ON ADDICTIONS, Praeger Perspectives on Abnormal Psych., 2009

“Theology of Trauma,”CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming 2010)

A Spirituality for “After” in the Journal of Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute

“Anguish: Perspectives on Victimization,”CONSTRUCTIVE THEOLOGY: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, with CD-Rom,Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds., Fortress Press 2005

“Anguish: Unraveling Sin and Victimization” in the Anglican Theological Review

“Addiction and Recovery: Bill Moyers PBS Special” in The Christian Century

“The Church and Addiction Recovery” in Addiction in America, Christian Networks Journal, Summer 2005

“Sin, Addiction and Freedom,” in Reconstructing Christian Theology, eds. Rebecca Chopp and Mark Kline Taylor, Fortress, 1994

“Of an exceptionally high caliber… achiev[ing] an impressive clarity [and]… skillful… passionate ‘intertwinement’ of doctrine and problematic.” Douglas John Hall, Ph.D., Theology Today, Apr ‘96

“Addiction,” Dictionary of Feminist Theologies, Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996

“Addiction and Recovery,” The Christian Century, March 18-25, 1998

“Gender, Sin, and Addiction,” Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery, Fall 1996

“Anguish and Victimization,” Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes,
Serene Jones and Paul Lakeland, eds., Augsburg Fortress Press 2005

“Violence, Abuse, and Oppression”
Women’s Bible Commentary, InterVarsity, 2001.

Dictionary of Feminist Theologies
Westminster/John Knox, 1996

“Gender, Sin, and Addiction”
Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery, Fall ‘96

“Pelagian Theology Lives on in Science: Medical Model of Addictions Blames ‘Religion ’” Interview with Linda Mercadante. In VITAL THEOLOGY: HELPING PEOPLE THINK THEOLOGICALLY, 11/07, 4:4

“Soul Survivors: Spirituality in Addiction and Recovery,” Report on researchers, SOCIAL WORK TODAY, March/April 2006

“Interview on Addiction & Spirituality Conference,” SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY NEWS, 2005


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