Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Indians of North America--Substance use--Prevention; Drug abuse counseling--United States--Religious aspects;
Traditional treatment programs have not worked with Native Americans. Instead, programs designed to be culturally sensitive are needed (Burn, 1992). In this paper, the author will explore the specific theory of the Red Road approach as used in Native American adolescent substance abuse treatment facilities. The Red Road approach is practical in its psychological application at the same time that it incorporates and encourages the spiritual beliefs which are a major part of the philosophy of most Native Americans (Black Elk & Lyon, 1991). As Black Elk and Lyons (1991) noted, even Native Americans who no longer practice their ancestral religious beliefs are often still exposed to these ways, as they are almost inevitably taught spirituality as part of their identity.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Terry T. Kottman
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©1999 Colleen M. Husak
Husak, Colleen M., "The Red Road approach to healing as used in Native American adolescent addiction treatment" (1999). Graduate Research Papers. 870.