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By Gregory Phillips

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

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Indigenous Australian Approaches • Mostly AA definition; • Family and community sickness. • Drinking “killing our • Post-traumatic stress culture”; syndromes; • Associated with • Self-medication; ‘liberation’ (1967 • Explanatory models and theories still referendum)185 being documented. • Family/peer/ community pressure to drink. First Nations/Native American models; eg the Nechi model • Any substance or • Drinking kills one’s process which makes spirit, or makes it life unmanageable, dormant; which helps one • Belief in letting go avoid issues, or and asking Creator which features and ancestors for powerlessness over help.

Another instance of this is that soon after I arrived in the community, Robert made the point that, “... there’s been a lot of outsiders coming in working here who don’t respect the church. They’ve been trying to get us to get away from Christianity. But we’re a Christian community here, and we don’t like others telling us otherwise”. This was quite a pointed statement to myself, given that Robert was the Chairman of the local church congregation, and that he knew my personal views on Christianity.

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. 52 I found however, that by positioning myself as ‘a health worker who was helping Robert and Delia mob’, I was prone to three different misperceptions.

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