Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: Inuit

How can I get the courage and strength to deal with all this?

If you are having trouble deciding what to do, and feel confused, you can start by building up your own courage and strength.

There are many things you can do to feel stronger, more hopeful and independent:

  • Talk things over with someone you really trust. You don't have to tell them everything, just what you feel comfortable saying.
  • Almost every town has sewing groups, recreation programs, moms and tots groups, AA and Alanon groups, churches, adult education programs, friendship centre programs and a library. Going to these places and groups gives your mind and heart a break from all the worry, self doubt, guilt and fear. You will go home with renewed strength and self-respect.
  • Spend some time on the land by yourself, or with your children and trusted friends or family. Everyone says time away from town gives them courage, hope and inner peace.
  • Many women have found that spiritual practices such as traditional ceremonies, prayer, healing circles, and going to church gives them courage … and helps them see their situation, and their choices, more clearly.
  • If you think you have an addiction problem yourself, you can see the local addictions counsellor and ask about treatment programs for you.

Making a better life for yourself, and your children, happens… ONE STEP AT A TIME!

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