When God Becomes a Drug: Book 1; Understanding Religious addiction & religious abuse
by Leo Booth
Religious addiction, like alcohol addiction, is a dysfunction that can be treated. In this book, Father Leo adapts the twelve-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous to the particular problems of this dysfunctional behavior, and offers a step-by-step program of exercises and affirmations that help turn religious addiction into a healthy relationship with God.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by SCP Limited
(first published September 1st 1991)
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Jan 25, 2011 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I read this book quite a while ago when the Christian Right was rising, but was reminded of it just recently when I found notes I had made while reading. The subtitle is Breaking the Chains of Religious Addiction and Abuse and it was written by an Episcopal minister. He's an incredibly insightful man, and does a great job of delineating the symptoms of religious compulsion/addiction, then addresses the reasons it's a problem for mental and emotional health in both childhood and adulthood. The bo...more
No doubt that there are many people who consider themselves religious, that will criticize this book and it's author, who is himself a 'Man of God'. An honest appraisal of religious beliefs and how they can become destructive to a believers mental and physical well being and how one can attain a healthy spirituality instead.