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, large River (a fictitious identify for a true community).
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You see, that mouth of the snake ... our people are in pathological grieving. Our people have retreated into the belly of the snake ... it’s our consolidation of our Aboriginality, a renewing of our identity. Only recently have we begun emerging from the mouth of the snake with renewal and consolidation of who we are ... You see, it’s the white terms of reference, it’s their misinterpretations that have given definition to Aboriginal illnesses. Implicitly, this Elder tells us a number of things.
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. 69 In this study, I ensured the people in the community were backed up with support counselling services by notifying the SPOs of the processes we had agreed to use to collect information.
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Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country by Gregory Phillips