School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
religiosity, Celebrate Recovery, substance abuse, African American women
Saleem, Felice, "Religiosity in Drug Use and Addiction Among African American Women: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4491.
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to understand the influence of religiosity on experiences in Celebrate Recovery (CR) groups for African American (AA) women in Central Georgia. AAs die from drug overdoses at rates that exceed all other racial groups in the United States. Although many treatment options exist, they remain largely ineffective at helping people addicted to drugs sustain sobriety. Religiosity has been shown to influence quality addiction treatment access. The theory that guided this study was Parsons’s classic structural-functional analysis of religious organization theory because it describes religion as an integrated system of beliefs or practices related to sacred aspects or things responsible for uniting one moral community to which all other things adhere. Semistructured interviews were conducted to collect data from 13 participants. A thematic analysis process was used to analyze the data and, ultimately, identify themes among the data.