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  • 2. Many Americans Experience Mental Health Issues and Addiction According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 43.6 million adults in America alone experienced some sort of mental health disorder in 2014. On the other hand, there were 20.2 million adults that struggled with substance abuse issues in 2013. Part of the reason why the numbers are so high is because patients refuse to seek treatment due to confidentiality concerns and fears of the impact it could have on their future career. Spiritual medicine, on the other hand, offers a unique approach to treatment that could help them reestablish feelings of contentment and peace. Some healthcare professionals may bristle at the thought of incorporating spiritual care with medical treatments. In some cases, conflicting religious views could even interfere with a doctor’s ability to administer medical care. Research has shown, however, that the spiritual dimensions of health care have a profound impact on patients as it activates the reward center in the brain.
  • 3. Spiritual Experience Activates the Brain's Reward Circuits In a study conducted by the University of Utah Health Services, 19 young adult Mormons were asked to engage in a variety of activities, including reading passages from the Book of Mormon and watching videos of religiously provocative content. The fMRI scan results showed the researchers that powerful spiritual feelings activated the brain region responsible for processing reward. In fact, heightened religious feelings led to deeper breathing, a faster heart rate, and more focused attention among the participants. Incorporating Spirituality Into Medical Care According to a 2010 study conducted by Dr. Michael Balboni, a theologian and Harvard University psychiatry instructor, administering spiritual care led to a lower number of patients seeking end-of-life measures. While doctors would do well to incorporate spirituality into their healthcare methods, statistics show that 40% of physicians claim that “a lack of time” hinders them from doing so. In fact, doctors see to so many of their patients’ physical and psychological ills during the day that they often do not have time to cater to their spiritual needs.
  • 4. Resources: medicine care_us_58055adae4b0b994d4c10f6f Spirituality has a positive impact on patients as it activates the brain region that processes reward. Integrating approaches to medicine to include could, therefore, encourage more patients to seek treatment for their mental health and drug dependency issues.
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