Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country by Gregory Phillips

By Gregory Phillips

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

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Vii I told community members that I was a worker who was ‘working with Robert and Delia mob to help them with their work’. Their office was the most likely place to base myself given that I was inquiring mostly about health-related concerns, and because they ran both the Suicide Prevention Programviii and the Alcohol and Drug Corporation from that location. 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.

70 I have named and identified aspects of my personal history because I believe that if I did not name them, this study potentially could have been biased. Instead, by identifying my personal and professional motivations in this work, and then going on to take an objective viewpoint which acknowledges my own feelings, history and knowledge, I am allowing Big River community members and other readers to assess for themselves the validity and reliability of this work. 71 By presenting a Community Report and Feedback document to the community for their perusal and comment, the community members could simultaneously check my interpretations for any potential biases, as well as ‘view themselves in the mirror of their own story’.

Firstly, that I was so completely aligned with Robert and Delia that I would think and believe all the same thoughts they did—that I was philosophically, methodologically, and most importantly, factionally, aligned with them. Secondly, I was sometimes perceived as still working for the same Indigenous regional health advocacy organisation that I used to work for (and that Robert and Delia still worked for), and that I was therefore philosophically, methodologically and factionally aligned with them too.

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