Rosa Alati MappSc, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Michie Building QLD 4072, Australia;
‘It was a nice day … a beautiful day’: an analysis of relapse into substance misuse among Indigenous drinkers
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
2003 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 135–141, June 2003
How to Cite
ALATI, R., LIAMPUTTONG, P. and PETERSON, C. (2003), ‘It was a nice day … a beautiful day’: an analysis of relapse into substance misuse among Indigenous drinkers. Drug and Alcohol Review, 22: 135–141. doi: 10.1080/09595230100100561
Chris Peterson PhD, Senior Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Monash University, Frankston, Australia.
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Received 2 July 2002; accepted for publication 21 January 2003
- substance misuse
This paper presents results from a study investigating relapse prevention options for indigenous clients of alcohol and drug intervention services. The study has 63 ‘stories’ collected through a survey of nine substance misuse services. An adapted version of the Marlatt Relapse Prevention Model was developed to interview clients who had quit drinking but later relapsed into heavy use. The study identified situations influencing the decision to quit, obstacles and dilemmas arising during periods of abstinence, and major triggers associated with relapse into substance misuse. The paper analyses these major triggers and discusses the crucial issues of motivation to quit and maintenance of abstinence. The community environments where indigenous drinkers use alcohol strongly influence successful or unsuccessful attempts to quit. Relapse prevention should be part of a range of public health strategies for tackling substance misuse problems with Indigenous drinkers, and should be included at the minimal intervention level.