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, immense River (a fictitious identify for a true community).
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I used to doubt that grog was the one making me sick. But I could feel myself going more down and down. I was sick. I was that grog-sick, and gunga and... too much! But you know what, one day, I was lying on the bed sick as a dog, and I was thinking about what I should do and you know, if I should try givin’ up or not. And anyways, right then, I was sick as a dog and I could feel my spirit lifting out of me eh! I could feel it and see it just leaving my guts and about to start floating up out of me.
151 Three such models are articulated and presented here. In a general discussion about illness, addictions and well-being, Aunty Lilla Watson, an Elder of the Brisbane community explained to me in person that, Aboriginal people believe that the spirit child comes from the earth ... I haven’t seen this belief about the spirit child in any other culture, even Indigenous ones. We come from this earth, we are born from the earth. We believe that the whole of life is a spiritual experience and that we as Aboriginal people are actually more spirit than matter ...
61 I also provided a major report to the community to obtain feedback after the thesis draft was written. In this way, I remained responsive and flexible to community interpretations about the actual and perceived events and meanings attributed to life experiences62 in Big River. What Worked Well While my place in the community had initially been confusing both in terms of the roles I played and the misperceptions of me as being influenced by Robert and 14 Addictions&Healing in Aboriginal Country Delia, their employers, or Christianity, the working relationships I developed in the community proved advantageous and supportive.
Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country by Gregory Phillips