A Comparative Analysis of Two Approaches to Drug Recovery in the 90's
Contributor(s)Wagner-Pacifici, Robin Erica
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AbstractThe business of drug recovery has become a more than a secular ministry to the world's alcoholics and drug addicts, it has become a fad, a money maker, a consistent way to make money as well as a sure-fire way to make a niche for oneself in a society that draws to that which is the flashiest or the loudest. This is especially true in Atlanta, Georgia, the basis of this paper. Atlanta is a city whose homeless and drug-addicted population continues to grow daily and weekly because individuals are attracted by the nationwide publicity that Atlanta gets as a city that continues to grow, even as the recession wipes out the economic bases of bigger, more “sophisticated" cities. It is especially known for the opportunities that it offers blacks. So individuals come to Atlanta, mostly black, and mostly male, hoping for a chance to receive some of the financial growth. Only a few make it. The rest, usually the ones with a lower educational background, the ones that are younger and less mature, the ones that are weaker not only physically but mentally, end up on the fringes and on the streets. Eventually, they end up on drugs. The subjects of this thesis, a drug program that uses the Twelve Steps and a street ministry that receives addicts, are special because they go against the local and national norm. Both are run by individuals who consider themselves Christian and both rely on developing relationships with the men involved with their programs in order to show the love of God to them in helping them go through their recovery successfully. But this is where the comparison stops. The drug program, called the Recovery program 467, is less religiously doctrinal in that it supports no doctrine. They let the individuals choose the spirituality that is best for them, as long as it is in the confines of the Twelve Steps routines. The street ministry uses its doctrine as the motivating force behind its support of the men.