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Traditional healing to help tackle addiction

Date posted: 2 March 2016

Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal is a culturally sensitive drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, located outside of Adelaide in South Australia (SA).

The facilities at the centre, which is established on former farm land, temporarily house dozens of men who are overcoming hurdles in their lives, involving alcohol and other drug use. The facilities include a gym and a community garden for the use of patients, housed at the centre.

But this year, a new centre is set to open for women. It aims to be a culturally sensitive space for potentially dozens of women who are also overcoming significant hurdles relating to alcohol and other drug use in their own lives.

According to Aboriginal Sobriety Group chairman, Gary Paynter, a lot of success is evident in the existing SA centre for men. Mr Paynter said that the centre and its programs 'have a good success rate' and that the staff 'use culture...talking circles, smoking ceremonies and all the other things that are culturally important.'

The proposed facility has come as a response to a growing need for more culturally appropriate services for women in SA.

Source: SBS News


Last updated: 2 March 2016
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