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Friday, August 5, 2011

ntegrating Spiritual and Western Treatment Modalities in a Native American Substance User Center: Provider Perspectives

Few studies examine how traditional Native American and Western healing practices are being integrated in Native American substance user treatment centers.

Data are presented from a 2008 study of providers of integrated substance user treatment for Native Americans at an urban Western US center. Nineteen semistructured interviews were conducted to examine 10 providers’ views of the integration of traditional and Western healing and the impact on recovery for clients.

We used a grounded theory approach to data analysis with manual and NVivo codes and themes developed. Limitations and implications for practice are discussed.

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