By Gregory Phillips
Addictions and therapeutic in Aboriginal kingdom establishes a framework for figuring out the problems pertinent to Indigenous addictions to alcohol, gunga and playing and its after-math in a single neighborhood, huge River (a fictitious identify for a true community).
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65 The nature of alcohol and other drug usage, associated injury, and personal and collective histories of traumatisation in Big River, meant that I was prone to indirect traumatisation, or countertransference, myself. 66 Further, the blurring of my roles in the community (as discussed above) contributed to the potential for countertransference while I worked in Big River. Similarly, researchers for the Stolen Generations Inquiry67 and National Indigenous Gay and Transgender Project Consultation68 found that both the researchers and the people being interviewed had to be debriefed afterwards as, for some, it was the first time such information was recalled and related.
In western health belief and 30 Addictions&Healing in Aboriginal Country paradigms, illnesses become medicalised as dysfunctions of the body or the mind, but rarely as dysfunctions of the heart or spirit. 176 However, social and emotional health is often perceived as an ‘off-shoot’ of mental health, where the primary operating practices rely on western psychiatric diagnosis, categorisation and treatments and where Indigenous people are situated in an unequal power-sharing and funding relationship with governments.
Belief in letting go of • Variety of factors (genetic; family; control/powerlessnes s and turning to a traumatic); but higher power for • Responsibility is the User’s. help. •Abstinence; •12 steps of AA; •Help from a higher power. Biomedical/DSM-IV •Substance use; •Substance dependence; •Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. • Focus on experts in • Focus on genetics medical system and physiology; guiding change; • Ssome belief in • Responsibility for learned behaviours. change is ambiguous. • Disulphiram, • Naltrexone, • Methadone; • Referrals to AA.