George Hunter points out that addiction itself has an attractive, worshipful quality. It can become, itself, as a religion. He writes of its consuming nature, especially at its late stages, where: “addiction becomes one’s religion, drugs become one’s God, and rituals of use become rites of worship.” It is important to recognize, acknowledge and deal with this aspect of addiction because without dealing with –and disengaging the addict from– the social and cultural aspect of addiction, the recovery process will most likely fail. To Hunter, this disengagement can be more difficult than shaking the addiction itself, and he suggests “membership and involvement in a ‘culture of recovery’ is usually necessary for a person’s liberation from the twin powers of the drug and the drug culture.”
Hunter, George. The Celtic Way of Evangelism. 103.