By Gregory Phillips
Addictions and therapeutic in Aboriginal state 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, tremendous River (a fictitious identify for a true community).
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Native American’ is the selfdescriptive term used by the Indigenous peoples of the United States of America. Both groups sometimes still use the term ‘Indian’ to refer to themselves, though First Nations and Native American are now the terms used for political definition. In this book, the term ‘Native’ or ‘Native peoples’ shall be used to describe both First Nations and Native American peoples. 182 Problematic Alcohol Usage—Aetiologies and Explanatory Models Various groups and models within alcohol and other drug fields have come up with a range of explanations and terminology for problematic alcohol and other substance usage.
If I had not remedied this situation, my data collection and analysis could have been skewed, or influenced by feelings that ‘things will never change’, which, ironically, is what many community members were feeling, as I will explain in later chapters. It was critical for me to keep afloat of the level of sadness and traumatisation in Big River, lest I became prone to countertransference, and got dragged into a seeming whirlpool of a collective sense of hopelessness. 16 Addictions&Healing in Aboriginal Country A second issue which potentially could have produced bias in the project was my initial inability to connect with individual males in the community, and to have a yarn with them beyond casual conversation.
As part of our mutual obligation, I would help Robert and Delia with administrative and program tasks as well as conduct my research. In return, they offered me direction and advice on cultural concerns and protocols, as well as sharing their personal and professional knowledge and skills with me. They also participated in semi-structured interviews. v Aunty Lilla Watson, Elder in the Brisbane Aboriginal community, speaks of Aboriginal ways of knowing and terms of reference as a deeply felt and understood part of the essence of Aboriginality, rather than merely a mental theoretical construct.
Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country by Gregory Phillips