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Elements for building a culturally specific addiction treatment program

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Source
Alaska Medicine. 1991 Nov/Dec;33(4):154-156
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov/Dec-1991
Author
Sullivan, A.
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage
Source
Alaska Medicine. 1991 Nov/Dec;33(4):154-156
Date
Nov/Dec-1991
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
Addiction treatment
Alaska Natives
Alcohol
Medical model
Native spirituality
Rural Alaskans
Abstract
Addiction treatment tailored to specific cultural, ethnic, and racial groups has been recognized as optimally effective. Alaska rural and Native cultures have healing elements that serve well in addiction treatment. However, it is not sufficient to ?add on? a culturally oriented group to an already well defined program. In order for these cultural elements to be fully effective, the basic philosophy and orientation of that modality of the treatment program needs to be based on them. Such program development needs to be implemented in a clear, coordinated, and consistent manner. It is postulated that program modalities that offer a culturally specific theoretical base will be more effective than programs based on the medical model.
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