Date of Award

6-9-2015

Document Type

Capstone

First Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Braxton, Ed.D.

Abstract

Although there has been a great deal of research which has lead to a deep understanding of alcoholism, there is still a need for deeper investigation as how this relates to cultures outside of the norm of the European American individuals that make up the majority of the U.S. After completing the research I have learned so much, not only about this issue but about a whole new way of thinking of substance abuse treatment as a whole. It is imperative that one not only think of the problem an individual is presenting with, but the whole person and underlying cause of the negative behavior. This should include their family, beliefs, living situation, culture, cultural history, cultural norms, and their soul. I believe that in any therapeutic relationship there must be a mutual respect between patient and therapist. After my research, I have concluded that this goes beyond client/professional respect but rather into a respect of a person’s cultural history and traditions.

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