Turning East (Toward the light)

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Susan Kaiser


chemical dependency, spiritual needs


This article concerns the observations of an advanced practice nurse's experience in working with the chemically dependent population. "Turning East" refers to a phenomenon observed with a few clients, which was unexpected and out of the control of both client and clinician. This author has prior contributions to the professional literature on the subject of treatment requirements for this population. In this writing, urgent spiritual needs, as reported by clients, are analyzed and discussed. In holistic treatment clinicians must also recognize the spiritual as well as physical. In the experience of this writer, spiritual disorder in clients can be the source or etiology of much discomfort, and this needs to be recognized and addressed. Discussions of clinical observations and research data also includes treatment recommendations


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