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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, colossal River (a fictitious identify for a true community).

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9 – 12 drinks 1995 Non-Ind. 1993 Non-Ind. 5 – 8 drinks 1994 Ind. 1995 Non-Ind 1 –4 drinks Figure 1: Alcohol Patterns of Use, by Gender Table 1: Mental Health and Alcohol Dependence Syndrome All Mental Disorders Females Alcohol Dependence Syndrome Males Females Other Mental Disorders Year Males Males Females 1985 81 38 49 28 32 10 1986 72 46 54 20 19 26 1987 102 36 42 5 60 31 1988 131 13 61 0 70 13 1989 77 50 29 11 48 38 1990 72 20 34 4 38 17 1991 66 41 36 24 30 17 1992 60 42 16 8 44 34 1993 47 92 28 11 19 68 1994 27 42 11 0 17 42 Gladman102 has identified correlations between the availability of alcohol, payments of welfare benefits, alcohol sales, and alcohol-related violence and injury in Cape York Aboriginal communities.

Thus, for this man, alcoholism, violence, suicide and recurrent boils were all related (but not necessarily exclusively) to spiritual causation, land and place, and respect for story places. These three stories provide us with insight into the various meanings of health, well-being and illness featured in Indigenous explanatory models. They imply that for Indigenous peoples, health is related to concepts as diverse as spirit, creation, emotions, cognitive function, knowledge, culture, land, place, cultural obligations to land (to protect story places), body chemicals and reactions, history, and collective familial and community well-being.

Become unbalanced in the four areas of life; • Post-traumatic stress syndromes; • Self-medication. • Rehabilitation /AA/abstinence; • Some harm minimisation eg reducing trading hours; • Outstations/land/ culture-based programs • Rebalancing the wheel; • Spirituality/ ceremony/ culture eg sweatlodge; • 12 steps/abstinence; • Therapy/residential treatment; • Community healing; • Health promotion. A characteristic of the alcohol and other drugs field is the noticeable differences in the approach between the biomedical and harm reduction models, and the disease, Hazelden and First Nations models.

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