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Combating ice in Bundaberg

Date posted: 11 February 2016

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) program manager, Lee Hammond, believes that applying Indigenous techniques to mainstream issues is key to combating the effects of ice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Narrative therapy, a method adopted by Ms Hammond, has worked for her. 'Drawing the story out of people, enabling them to understand the causal factors of their addiction and the behaviours that have led them to this substance abuse, is vital,' she said.

Ms Hammond said a study from an Indigenous community in Victoria also highlighted that ice users can experience feelings of shame and regret for their actions.

'We need to deal with addictions in a culturally sensitive way, and the narrative therapeutic process certainly is part of that treatment,' she said.

The Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) delivers a holistic approach within all of its services, which include medical, dental, psychology, counselling and child and family support.

'We also offer bulk-billed midwife sessions, and it is vital for any mum-to-be who is using ice or any drug to be receiving antenatal and postnatal support,' she said.

Ms Hammond said Healing Circles, and narrative therapy, are processes that are unique to each individual. Both have spiritual and cultural roots, are focused on self-empowerment and self-awareness, and are a long-term approach that goes to the heart of the causal factors and, as a result, deliver sustainable results around wellness and wellbeing.

Source: NewsMail


Last updated: 11 February 2016
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