Mending the Broken Circle: Treatment of Substance Dependence Among Native Americans

Authors

  • Michael Tlanusta Garrett,

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding author
    • Department of Human Services, 208 Killian, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (e-mail: garrett@wcu.edu).

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    • Michael Tlanusta Garrett is an assistant professor of counseling in the Department of Human Services at Western Carolina University.

  • Jane J. Carroll

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    • Jane J. Carroll is an assistant professor of counseling in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Abstract

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.

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