Encontrar el sentido de la vida. Rehabilitación y conversión en dos comunidades terapéuticas religiosas de redes internacionales
The role played by religious and spiritual dimensions as agents in the recovery of substance dependence has been understudied. In this thesis, I seek to contribute to the understanding of the implications of treatments of drug consumption offered by religious institutions and, in particular, residential devices that adopt the methodology of therapeutic community.
The aim of the thesis is to analyze the treatment programs of two religious therapeutic communities that belong to international networks and have headquarters in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, and their links with the characteristics of the religious conversion process they promote and the way in which they conceive the reasons for drug use.
The research was qualitative and consisted of a multiple case study. For the construction of the empirical evidence, I conducted semi-structured interviews with managers, mentors, residents and former residents of both institutions.