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ERIC Number: ED352347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Wellness Circles: The Alkali Lake Model in Community Recovery Processes.
Ben, Leon W.; And Others
The case study described here was conducted as a doctoral research project at Northern Arizona University. The study documents the success of the Shuswop Indian Band of Alkali Lake, British Columbia (Canada), in their 15-year battle with alcoholism, once the people themselves decided on recovery. The study looks back at the 95 percent recovery rate of the Shuswop Band between 1970 and 1985 and identifies the factors involved in this "new beginning" as seen through the participants' own eyes. A combination of multimethod qualitative procedures was used to collect data, including interviews, analysis of existing documentation, and participant observation. The study focused on the following questions: (1) What were the benchmarks of the change in the Alkali Lake community during the recovery period? (2) How did the Shuswop Band begin to recover from alcohol and substance abuse? (3) What were some of the treatment styles used? (4) What factors were involved in starting over? and (5) What is the status of Alkali Lake today? It is recommended that this study be replicated with other Native American groups suffering from addictive behaviors as it may serve as a model with useful implications for healing. Ten references and an interview instrument are included. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada