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I'm a clinical supervisor clinician at Tupu Pacific Addiction Services. We serve basically the Auckland region and support Pacific people who identify as having issues with alcohol, drugs or gambling.

If someone themselves is going through something like that. Or just you know have a funny feeling or might want to have look at that. I'd just say be really strong for yourself and go to see someone or talk to someone about it. I would be saddened to think that they get dissuaded by fear of shame and that.

When it is of the most one of the most strengthening things you can do, is to connect with people who are not there to look down on you. That we're not interested in putting anyone down. We're interested in really just strengthening you and where you go to from here. You know all the things, all the beautiful, things about your culture, your personality. Who you are as a person. Want to bring those things up so that you can continue living on life.

And I know for sure that when they do come through and if they chose to look back on the path that they've come through, it's something never to be ashamed of but to just to say, "hey, wow, I came through that."

And it's just a really awesome feeling, and for me as well. When I'm just you know sort of sitting there and they're reflecting back on this story of what they've gone through. But it's now retold with a sense of strength. Not shame like when they first might have come to see us. And that was like really awesome, such a powerful thing to be a part of really.

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