Determining the Effectiveness of a Free-Will Theodicy Intervention on Attitudes Toward God for Substance Use Disorder Patients Who Self-Identify as Christians and Demonstrate Spiritual Struggle
The study sought to demonstrate that an intervention of free-will theodicy education would negatively affect spiritual struggle scores for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) who demonstrate significant spiritual struggle and self-identity as Christians. Approximately one-third of Christians who suffer from Substance Use Disorder demonstrate spiritual struggle as evidenced by anger toward their concept of God. Ninety-seven Midwestern Substance Use Disorder (SUD) patients receiving in-patient treatment participated in a study to determine the effectiveness of a freewill theodicy intervention on spiritual struggle. Patients scoring in the highest one-third in spiritual struggle on the Anger Towards God Scale (ATGS-9) were offered an intervention based on education of freewill theodicy, consisting of 5 1/2 hour group sessions and a reading of Randy Alcorn's, If God is Good, Why Do We Hurt? Post tests were given after the intervention in order to quantify what, if any, reduction in spiritual struggle resulted.