Alcohol Abuse within First Nations Community

Alcohol Abuse within First Nations Community
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Looking through all the problems associated with the First Nation community, I believe that alcohol abuse is a very serious problem yet, sometimes is ignored. According to recent surveys, 33% of First Nations indicate that alcohol abuse is a problem within their own household and 25% say that they have personal problems with alcohol. Not only is the person who's consuming alcohol impacted by the horrifying problems, everyone around them is impacted drastically as well. Children with parents who have addiction problems, have it the worst, in my opinion. As these children grow up, they have the worst and difficult childhoods which prevents them from becoming descent parents themselves. They don't know anything about good parenting styles, since they've never experienced it either. This just becomes an ongoing and troublesome chain of destruction. The three step process of getting help for addiction is very effective. Stage 1, assessment of your needs. During this stage the patient has to be open and honest, in order to have an useful discussion. Stage 2, discuss your options. It's very important to seek information from professionals or even family and friends in order to make the right decision. Stage 3, try it out. This is where you try out different option of coping with alcohol addiction and making a decision as to which healing method is most effective for the individual. It may seem like a long and never ending mission but the results are very promising.

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  • It's no surprise that First Nations people of Canada have been facing many mental health issues for many years now. But, a greater issue in the First Nations community is alcohol abuse. 
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  • Alcohol abuse is a great concern in the First Nations community. Around 75% of all residents feel alcohol use is a problem in their community. 
  • Even though, alcohol may seem to just affect the one individual, that's not completely true. Loved ones are affected deeply as well. Alcohol abuse makes parenting really compilcated. It affects the children drastically.
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