Michael Tlanusta Garrett is an assistant professor of counseling in the Department of Human Services at Western Carolina University.
Mending the Broken Circle: Treatment of Substance Dependence Among Native Americans
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
2000 American Counseling Association
Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 78, Issue 4, pages 379–388, Fall 2000
How to Cite
Garrett, M. T. and Carroll, J. J. (2000), Mending the Broken Circle: Treatment of Substance Dependence Among Native Americans. Journal of Counseling & Development, 78: 379–388. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2000.tb01921.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
Issues surrounding substance dependence of Native Americans are examined through the cultural concept of the Broken Circle. Traditional cultural views of wellness and healing are described using the traditions of Indian Medicine, the value of the Circle, and what it means to live in harmony and balance. Underlying factors in substance dependence of Native Americans are presented along with practical counseling recommendations and implications for treatment through both contemporary and traditional Native healing methods.