Document Type


Date of Degree


Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Diana Fritz Cates


The introduction of a Thomistic framework to contemporary models of addiction provides new insight that may prove useful in efforts toward therapy and understanding. Aquinas's conception of the human soul and its proper functioning contrasts with the suggested disordered functioning of the addict's soul in such a way that this may prove useful for addicts attempting to interpret their physical, psychological, and moral feelings or intuitions. This framework can then be related to the common contemporary addiction therapy found in Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step programs in order to provide a greater understanding of what psychological and moral processes may be at work within the addict with the hope that greater understanding will lead to more effective therapy.


Aquinas, Temperance, Addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Step Programs


ii, 74 pages


Copyright 2007 Mitchell Carl Coleman

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