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By Laurence Armand French Ph.D.

ISBN-10: 0275963497

ISBN-13: 9780275963491

Substance abuse is a huge overall healthiness and social challenge plaguing local american citizens either traditionally and this day. After offering the social and mental components that experience contributed to local American addictions and the styles of habit and conditions linked to this advanced and frequent challenge, French discusses the remedy, intervention, and prevention concerns dealing with therapists. He additionally explores the improvement and outcomes of a brand new type of dependancy, compulsive playing, targeting its courting to substance abuse. a big contribution of this quantity is its evaluation and critique of regulatory acts documenting federal policy.

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Yet even as we near the end of the 20th century, American Indians remain largely trapped by 19th century poverty: 16 percent of reservation homes lack electricity, 21 percent an indoor toilet and 56 percent a telephone. And for the most part, federal policy makers and administrators are still held captive by the ghosts of paternalism and dependency. Now is the time, on the 200th anniversary of both our constitutional democracy and its first Indian treaty, to reject the errors of our history and return to the high standards set by President Washington.

It is now clearly established that substance-use disorder, notably alcohol-related self-medication is linked to PTSD. At an international conference known as “Addictions ’98: Comorbidity across the Addictions,” held in the United Kingdom, a majority of the presentations addressed this phenomenon. Correspondingly, a special issue of Addictive Behaviors (November/December 1998) presented research based on the Addictions ’98 conference. The majority of these articles addressed comorbidity between substance-related disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Attempts at making the tribe a corporate entity resulted in increased poverty and exploitation in the name of capitalism. 18 “Relocation” was the companion policy to termination. The plan was to entice young adult Indians off the reservation into magnet urban areas. This process served to separate subsequent generations from their traditional language, culture, and customs. ” The American Indian Historical Society has assessed relocation as a very destructive policy, one that contributed greatly to the process of cultural genocide: “Finally, the federal government, jockeying precariously between policies of assimilation and the growing recognition that the tribes simply would not disappear together with their unique cultures, originated what has become known as the Relocation Program.

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