Essay on Substance Abuse Among Indigenous Australians

800 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
Substance abuse among Indigenous Australians has been in on a constant increase over the years and are 2.5 times more likely to smoke daily than non-Indigenous people, and 1.6 times more likely to use any other illicit drugs compared to non-Indigenous Australians (druginfo.adf.org.au 2014). To counteract these statistics there are many rehabilitation programs that directly and exclusively assist Aboriginal Australians in their restoration to quality of living.

As said by Karen Sheldon (The CEO of Karen Sheldon Training and Development), the most common personality that is seeking rehabilitation are “displaced and depressed people”. “Low self-esteem” is also a common characteristic in the Australians who are struggling with substance abuse. The little value these people have for their own lives directly affects the way in which they treat their bodies. “In areas of generational poverty”, standards of living that may be considered ‘low’ are taught and practiced, and therefore many have given up hope of ever “living the kind of life that they see so many non-Indigenous living”. The standard of living suggests that many Aboriginal Australians see no other way of living due to the “generational poverty” and their society’s low quality of living. When an Aboriginal Australian reaches out to these rehabilitation programs, they are shown that they can be more than what they have been brought up to believe. Through the development of their recovery, quality-of-life standards are…

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