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By Gregory Phillips

Addictions and therapeutic in Aboriginal nation establishes a framework for knowing the problems pertinent to Indigenous addictions to alcohol, gunga and playing and its after-math in a single group, tremendous River (a fictitious identify for a true community).

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In trying to make programs culturally appropriate, the system has merely transferred Indigenous human resources (workers) and cultural concepts into the existing non-Indigenous theoretical framework and system of classification, diagnosis and treatment. The end result is that Indigenous workers often act merely as the person ‘at the end of the line’, with the role of assisting non-Indigenous personnel to hand out tablets and seek patient compliance, rather than act as primary clinicians operating under accredited classification, diagnosis and intervention regimes.

Rehabilitation /AA/abstinence; • Some harm minimisation eg reducing trading hours; • Outstations/land/ culture-based programs • Rebalancing the wheel; • Spirituality/ ceremony/ culture eg sweatlodge; • 12 steps/abstinence; • Therapy/residential treatment; • Community healing; • Health promotion. A characteristic of the alcohol and other drugs field is the noticeable differences in the approach between the biomedical and harm reduction models, and the disease, Hazelden and First Nations models.

Hammill51 has also demonstrated how the ethnographic process can be self-reflexive, involve participant action research, and assist Indigenous community members in the resolution of their organisational and/or personal dilemmas. This way of working, though initially confusing in terms of working out priorities, actually became a critical and enriching ethnographic methodology and personal experience. I found that by working with people, rather than just observing them, they were teaching me not only about their life and the realities of their experiences, but also about mine.

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