Addictions & Recovery Services – First Nations|
To enhance First Nations traditions and cultural practices that promote healing, wellness, balance and harmony:
Where Addictions programming exists in towards health and wellness
Where there is an openness to addictions programming as prominent part of the healing of individuals, families and communities.
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Addictions & Recovery Program
Mission and Objective:
To create a healing environment utilizing a holistic approach that promotes a cultural lifestyle free from addictions and restores a sense of pride in the Carrier Sekani culture.
The addictions recovery program (ARP) consists of two different but equally important parts.
The first is the Ormond Lake Cultural Healing camp where the ARP counsellors, Cathy Hobson,Marilyn Janzen, night staff, Dean Sam and Leila Nooski strive “to create a healing environment utilizing a holistic approach that promotes a cultural lifestyle free from addictions and restores a sense of pride in the Carrier Sekani culture". The camp runs six months out of the year from May to October. Our camps are seven days in length where participants decide our agenda for the week. A very basic agenda at camp consists of smudging, prayer, circle, workshop, and an evening activity which may include preparing traditional foods, collecting traditional medicines, hunting, or going for a walk. Through out the days at camp Margaret Nooski and Charlene Ketlo will be preparing three wonderful meals a day for everyone at camp. Plus Ricky Nooski will be making sure the camp is maintained. When camp is closed Edward Green, Wilfred Sutherland, and Eric Thundstrom ensure that camp is safe and secure.
The second part of the ARP program is outreach. From November to April the ARP counselors facilitate a variety of workshops in each of the member communities upon request. The workshops presented are at the request of individual communities. We are also available for crisis intervention throughout the year. ARP counsellors also help to facilitate a sexual abuse intensive in January with Jane Middleton-Moz. This intensive is a five day program that consists of small and large group work focusing on sexual abuse, and what we need to heal.
Prince George – Vanderhoof – Burns Lake
Phone: 567-2900 ext. 107 or toll free at 1-866-567-2333
"Helping each other"
"The primary mission of Gya'Wa'Tlaab Healing Centre is to strengthen the ability of First Nations people to live health, happy lives - by elimination of abuse of alcohol and other substances and by affirmation of pride in native identity."
The Early Recovery/Stabilization Program at Gya’ Wa’ Tlaab Healing Centre is based upon a Holistic Model approach and incorporates the Harm Reduction Principles into all of its programming. Following are the details:
• The holistic model is consistent with the public health approach.
• It recognizes the complex set of factors that impact addictive behaviour.
• It also recognizes the complex relationship between addictive behaviour and harmful consequences for both the individual and community.
• It accepts and works with individual differences in client characteristics in both preventing and responding to harms. These include risks associated with gender, age, cultural identity and concurrent mental health issues.
• This approach incorporates the strengths of the various models of the past and present, and uses these various insights to effect change with clients.
• The goal is to reduce the impact of problem consequences.
The Gya’ Wa’ Tlaab Healing Centre is honored to offer this holistic healing model approach to all First Nations, Inuit and other people of Canada who choose to attend our program that alternates between eight (8) and seven (7) week programs. This program can be defined as an assessment, orientation, and readiness phase to treatment for clients. The program utilizes the following correlated program resources to assist clients: Acu-Detox, Equine Therapy, Physical Fitness Instruction, Psycho-educational group facilitation, Mental
Health Counselling, Methadone Prescribing Physician, Primary Care Physician, and Culturally Appropriate Ceremonies.
In relation to the continuum of care for Addictions and Mental Health, our program is designed to meet the needs of Early Recovery; Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, to Early Recovery… as described in the (Prochaska and DiClemente’s Model) also utilizing the Developmental Model of Recovery; Transition, Stabilization, and Early Recovery stages… (Gorski)
We are confident that the program clearly demonstrates our commitment to wellness.
HEALING CIRCLE FOR ADDICTIONS
"To develop a holistic approach to assist urban Native and Metis individuals and families through their healing journey from chemical addictions and co-dependencies.
To help restructure their lifestyles to maximum functioning, in a culturally relevant way that enhances individuality, continual independence and uniqueness."
• Outpatient family-based program
• Long term programming for families
• Intensive day treatment for adult females & males
• Relapse prevention support
• 1.6 bed equivalent
Healing is a Life Long Journey
Kakawis Family Development Centre Society is dedicated to a holistic approach to family recovery, healing and growth. We provide an environment for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. Recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and other addictive behaviours is a life long process and a permanent responsibility of each participant.
Kakawis Family Development Centre is a First Nations Family Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre. Our program has changed over the years and at present; we have six family sessions per year. Each session is 42 days. We have 3 components to our treatment program, adult, children and youth (K – 12), and toddlers up to five years of age.
The ProgramWe have four adult counsellors who offer education, individual, couple and family counselling. The education consists of such topics as alcohol and drugs and their effects, other addictions, grief and loss, communication skills, anger management, co dependency, residential school issues and traumas, spirituality, recreation and family fun time, AA meetings, community dinners, cultural and traditional teachings, healing ceremonies and sweat lodges.
The children and youth have a full time school teacher and teacher’s aide. These two positions are funded through School District # 70. The children and youth are requested to bring their math and language arts when they attend. The children and youth also learn about the effects of alcohol and drugs, grief and loss, anger and bullying. We are connected to the Success Maker program which is widely used in the school system. Children and youth spend supervised time at the gym and on the beach and they also participate in family fun time. We have a Child and Youth Therapist who works two days a week and will counsel children with parent approval.
Our toddler program is for children from babies up to five years of age. They learn the basics, such as colors, story telling, trust building, how to play and share.
Each family stays in individual family cabins. Each unit has a living space, kitchen and bedroom(s). The kitchen comes equipped with pots and pans, dishes and utensils etc.
LocationWe are located on the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island of British Columbia. Kakawis is located on Meares Island, 15 minutes by boat from the village of Tofino.
Emotional, Mental, Physical & Spiritual Well Being
"Based on a foundation of our culture and traditions, and respect for individual choices and responsibilities, the mission of the 'Namgis Treatment Centre is to facilitate the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well being of our community."
• 42 day, inpatient/residential, adult co-ed program
• 15 bed facility
• Accredited to September 2010 by the Canadian Council on Health Services
• Accreditation (CCHSA) Link
‘Namgis Treatment Program provides a six week program which provides for the individual an awareness of themselves. Also bringing to their attention the ability to make decisions.
Come learn and grow with us at the ‘Namgis Treatment Centre. Through the 42-day residency program that covers
• behavioral development such as stress management, communications assertiveness and time management
• survival skills such as AA Steps, community networking, support system after treatment
• family dynamics such as relationships, suicide and sexual abuse awareness
• learn about your own spirituality, other beliefs and your own nativeness
• medical aspects of alcohol and drug addictions such as medical physiology and
• evaluation procedures for better self-awareness
• to live a better lifestyle free of alcohol & drugs
Phone: 250-974-5522, ext. 2101 24Hr. On Call: 250-974-8015
Alert Bay, BC
“Holistic Healing to First Nations"
Youth & Family Inhalant Program (6 month program)
Nenqayni Wellness Centre operates 2 programs:
Family Alcohol & Drug Program (6 week program)
This is a 6-week family program that includes all members of the family from infants on up. There are approximately 8 intakes per year with room for 4 families per group.
Families all stay in the large building with the red roof that is designed after a pit house. Each family has their own unit that includes sleeping area, kitchen area and washroom with a tub.
The Family Program has their own school that is run by 1 teacher and 1 teacher's assistant from the local school district. School work needs to be brought with children to cover the 6-week stay.
During the day adults attend group sessions which cover a variety of topics. The topics may be geared specifically to the particular group but there are sessions that include: communication, self-esteem, gambling, nutrition, anger management and more.
Families participate in daily sage and prayer at 8:00am. Drumming and singing is often a part of this. Sweats are run on Friday afternoons and sometimes on Sundays also. A variety of cultural activities are enjoyed such as; drum making, sage picking, beading, making dream catchers, pipe ceremonies. Recreation activities are encouraged.
The Youth Program has 2 regular intakes occurring in January and July. The program is 6 months in length and includes school, educational sessions, group sessions, individual counselling, a focus on physical fitness, recreational activities, cultural activities and handcrafts.
21 Kilometers north of Williams Lake on Highway 97. Our location is on the Deep Creek Reserve, part of X'atsull First Nation (Secwepemc). This is often commented on as a peaceful location as we are surrounded by fir, alder and pine trees with the buildings themselves nestled near the base of an old ski hill. A gentle creek runs near the sweat lodge and wildlife such as deer, bear and moose are often observed close by.
Phone: (250) 989-0301
“Meeting human needs with compassion"
"The North Wind Healing Centre seeks to meet human needs with compassion. We do this by providing tools that assist people in recovery from their addictions, gaining self-reliance, discovering their unique gifts, developing their unique abilities and finding support for recovery within their family and community."
• 45 day, inpatient/residential, adult co-ed program
• 10 bed Facility
• Comprehensive treatment for alcohol, drug, sex addictions, prescription medication abuse, compulsive gambling and cross addiction and process addictions (eg. Internet, Food, etc.).
• Appropriate therapeutic intervention for people struggling with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health problems and addictions.
• Healing and Recovery for family of origin issues, childhood trauma, violence, grief, loss, sexual abuse, and incest.
• Critical Incident debriefing, crisis intervention and reconciliation strategies.
• Cultural reclamation, traditional pre-contact values, ceremony and spirituality.
• Aftercare & Relapse Support Services.
• 24/7 Telephone Counselling Services
The NWHC offers affective-based, culturally appropriate programming for Aboriginal People struggling with multi-addictions. Emphasis is on empowering the participants to process past abuse issues that serve as catalysts for substance abuse. This is accomplished primarily within the protection of the Sacred Circle.
Our language keeps us strong. Our culture is our healing. Our Elders bring us the wisdom to keep it all together.
Location: Dawson Creek, BC
Phone: 250-843-6977 or Toll Free: 1-888-698-4333
First Nations Culture
Round Lake Treatment Centre
is an accredited
36-bed alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility located on the Okanagan Indian Reserve near Vernon in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. Programs in addictions treatment are offered to clients from throughout the province, with a focus on holistic healing and First Nations’ culture. It is situated in a private, park-like setting on the edge of scenic Round Lake.
"Building Confidence, Leadership, and Independence among Aboriginal Young Women"
The Founder and a group of concerned mainstream and Aboriginal professional community members formed the Spirit Bear Center Society for the specific purpose of breaking the cycle among Aboriginal Young Women from dependency on drugs and alcohol and the effect of physical and sexual abuse an alternative to the streets and suicide. These individuals lend their expertise to Spirit Bear Center Society to operate a 10 bed residential treatment and wellness center for Aboriginal females between 13 and 19 years.
Youth have the right
to live safe, healthy, and positive lives away from negative influences.
The proposed culturally sensitive rehabilitation center is to be a place where young women can come and learn to become responsible for their own recovery.
Young woman will be given the proper level and quality of treatment.
Spirit Bear Center is to provide for the social, educational, spiritual healing, recreational, and artistic needs of the Native woman who come to the center.
Goal of the center is to walk alongside young women so they will be able to make positive changes in their lives.
• Spirit Bear Center operates a 10 bed rehabilitation shelter for female youth, with treatment, education and training to improve the skills of residents and help them to become positive role models in their communities.
• Spirit Bear Center Society exists to provide programs that encourage and assist youth to build confidence, self esteem and a spirit of independence.
• Spirit Bear Center will integrate various counselling, education, employment and life skills training programs.
• Program participation will build their confidence, leadership abilities and spirit of independence.
• Agricultural enterprise employment program is also planned.
“Our goal of the center is to walk alongside young women
so they will be able to make positive changes in their lives."
Location: Abbotsford, BC
"Healing is a Journey, Not a Destination"
(Formerly Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Wellness Centre)
"The primary Mission of the Three Voices of Healing Society treatment program is to promote and strengthen First Nations people and other Aboriginals to live holistic lives."
• 42-day Adult Co-ed A&D Treatment Programs
• "New" Residential Adult Co-ed After Care Program
• Currently offering 20 Beds
• 21-day Residential School Trauma Healing Programs
• 84-day Methamphetamine Co-ed Treatment Program (No Age Limit)
• Accredited since March 2005 through CCHSA
• 2009 Intake Calendar (by referral only)
• 2010 Intake Calendar (by referral only)
Each Treatment Program is followed by an Individualized Aftercare Program as well as providing further assistance in re-establishing stability in his or her own community. Clients come from all over B.C., AB., and Sask.
Location: Creston, BC
Substance Abuse Treatment Centre
Tsow-Tun Le Lum means "helping house." We provide programs that address the issues of addictions and substance abuse, and that support the survivors of trauma and residential schools. Our mission is to strengthen the ability of First Nations people to live healthy, happy lives and to have pride in their native identity. Tsow-Tun Le Lum is a registered non-profit society operating a fully accredited treatment centre in Lantzville, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Our facility is located on five acres of land over looking Nanoose Bay, leased from the Nanoose First Nation.
Split Wolf With Human Hands
Clients in treatment have realised that they have negative and positive personality traits. Often times we allow animal instincts to dominate our lives. We fail to control our appetites.
Treatment helps us turn away from all that is negative and seek out all that is good in our humanity. The "Split Wolf" may be interpreted as the emergence of the human (the good, the positive side of the personality. As well, the hands may be seen along a vertical axis, one pushing away from all negativity, the other drawing toward everything positive.)
The use of an earth-tone red should be a rather obvious symbol; the choice of the wolf design may not be quite so obvious. On the West Coast, wolves represent authority, law and order, and control. Clients certainly will be seeking self-control. Also, wolves are known for their intelligent co-operation during their hunts. Clients, too, will want to help each other as they search for their stronger self and healthier lives.
Everyone seeking treatment is also seeking enlightenment. Treatment should improve the health of the body and mind; enlightenment is treatment of the spirit. --by Ron Hamilton: Artist and designer of our logo.
Location: Lantzville, BC
Phone: (250) 390-3123
“House Of Purification"
Wilp Si'Satxw Community Healing Centre believes that people who are chemically dependent can gain control over their dependency. We also believe that individuals learn, change and grow with the most long-lasting effects when they decide and experience for themselves.
The process of healing in Wilp Si'Satxw begins with the understanding that each of us is responsible for Our-self and that self-healing is
a personal choice.
Our goals are to:
• Share knowledge of traditional native values;
• Demonstrate a model of self-awareness and self-esteem;
• Share knowledge of addiction and addictive process;
• Share knowledge of developing healthy relationships;
• Demonstrate and model skills needed for daily living;
• Share knowledge of relaxation techniques;
Wilp Si’Satxw believes that people who are addicted to spirit destroying chemicals can gain power over their addictions. It is with this belief that the primary purpose of Wilp Si’Satxw is to provide a holistic, spiritually-based Healing Centre where people can go through the processes that will start them on the road to recovery. This approach looks at the following realms within an individual as important to the healing journey
Spiritual Emotional Physical, Sexual Mental
Each person has the ability to confront problem issues and secure their personal power to walk in health and wellness. Each of you are responsible for yourselves and your self healing is a personal choice.
Treatment Program Specifics
• Individual and Group Counseling Sessions.
• Individualized treatment plans based on client goals.
• Educational teachings on all aspects of addictions and related behaviors.
• Development of First Nations spirituality and cultural awareness through the use of traditional teachings and Ceremonies.
• Physical fitness promotions through nutrition education and regularly scheduled recreational activities.
• Confidential HIV/AIDS surveillance program (on a voluntary basis).
• Psychological and other professional services.
The culturally-based, 14, 27, 34 and 41 day treatment programs assist the participants in learning to use First Nation culture and spirituality as a major tool to maintain sobriety. Out of respect for all belief systems, the spirituality components of the program will not interfere, but will enhance present spiritual beliefs.
Location: Kitwanga, BC
Phone: 1-250-849-5211 or Toll Free: 1-877-849-5211