Native American Treatment and Indian Spirituality

Cristopher D. Ringwald

in The Soul of Recovery

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849338 | DOI:
Native American Treatment and Indian Spirituality

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Leland Leonard, a Navajo and an alcoholic, pointed out that his alcoholism is likely to have been brought about by two causes. Firstly, the “prohibition effect”, which is the effect which comes from alcohol sale bans and bans on other such provocative activities. Secondly, he found drinking to be a learned behavior; he always found his father drinking as he was growing up. Leonard experienced being brought to a Native American church where he was treated through an all-night ceremony that incorporated spirituality and native culture as he realized that he had to be brought back in line with Mother Earth. This chapter, aside from explaining Native American modes of treatment, also points out how Indian rituals and beliefs in treating alcoholics and addicts means adapting to the cultural and ethnic needs of the person to be treated, no matter what ethnicity or race he or she possesses.

Keywords: Native American ceremony; Indian rituals; beliefs; modes of treatment; culture

Chapter.  14153 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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