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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact an inpatient substance abuse counselors' spiritual well-being had on chemically dependent patients' spiritual well-being over the course of two weeks in treatment.;Raymond Paloutzian and Craig Ellison developed the Spiritual Well-Being Scale which was utilized in this study along with the Rokeach Value Survey, the Personal Orientation Inventory, and the Profile of Adaptation to Life Scale. Pre and Post test packets containing the Spiritual Well-Being Scale and the Profile of Adaptation to Life Scale were administered to one hundred ten inpatient alcohol and drug patients. A total of forty-five alcohol and drug counselors from around the Commonwealth of Virginia were also administered packets containing the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, the Rokeach Value Survey, and the Personal Orientation Inventory. Eleven of the forty-five counselors were inpatient counselors that selected ten patients from their groups to give the pre and post test packets. The remaining packets were sent by mail to a random sample of Certified Substance Abuse Counselors in Virginia.;Multiple Regression statistics were utilized in the analysis indicating a significant correlation between the dependent variable of spiritual well-being and self-acceptance from the Personal Orientation Inventory, wisdom and loving from the Rokeach Value Survey. The results also indicated a significant change score in the patient's spiritual well-being scale pre and post test, however, it was not related to the counselor's spiritual well-being.;Overall, the Spiritual Well-Being Scale appeared to be a helpful tool for evaluating addiction treatment benefits. This instrument in particular could be used as a quality assessment tool not only for treatment programs, but for patients to be able to see improvement in their well-being.;Further research on the impact of a treatment milieu group consciousness on well-being would also be recommended. to this end, further research could compare the effects of the inpatient treatment milieu with that of outpatient group therapy on spiritual well-being.



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