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Religions 2014, 5(4), 1037-1049;

Walking in Balance: Native American Recovery Programmes

Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, Parkgate Campus, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK
Theology and Religious Studies, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Leeds LS18 5HD, UK
Received: 25 August 2014 / Revised: 16 September 2014 / Accepted: 28 September 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Addiction)
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This article reviews Native American ritual practices, frameworks and key concepts employed by several substance abuse treatments centres in the U.S. and Canada. It also examines the way Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Step programme has been modified to attract and serve the needs of Native Americans and First Nations and its potential impact on the ritual practices. Native concepts of wellbeing are highlighted and linked to the idea of living in “balance”. View Full-Text
Keywords: native American; aboriginal Canadian; twelve step; medicine wheel; community; elders; balance; wellbeing native American; aboriginal Canadian; twelve step; medicine wheel; community; elders; balance; wellbeing
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