The following resources provide links to organizations that help people recovery from various drug and alcohol addictions. Most of these organizations serve various regions of Alberta with some serving the general population while others serve Aboriginals specifically.
Information About Specific Drugs
The following links provide specific information about individual substances, including their origins, the effects they have, health risks, and so on.
First Nations Alcohol & Addiction Treatment
This short video describes the culturally relevant practices of alcohol and addiction treatment methods of the Last Door Recovery Society in Vancouver.
More info is available at www.lastdoor.org
Earl Lambert - National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week: Sagamok FN
"Earl carries out 6 presentations in a 2 day period in Sagamok First Nation. Working with all ages and intertwining music and magic, he presents on spirituality with the youngest children in the daycare, and then touches on honoring your identity and believing in your dreams with students in kindergarten and grades 1-4.
Grades 5-8 and then 9-12 become very engaged as he presents on substance abuse and addictions, illustrating with his personal story exactly how they can act as barriers in the journey toward their dreams. He encourages the students to brainstorm healthy coping strategies as a way of empowering them toward making health decisions along the way.
His final two presentations include the Right To Play program where he shares some music, hip-hop and get's the youth involved in some humorous and uplifting activities and the Ontario Works Employment Training Program, where he shares how education, employment training programs, AND his cultural practices and traditions helped him to make a transition from income assistance and addiction to being a clean and sober warrior living a successful life."
Addictions & Recovery
These resources provide information on addictions, substance abuse, and recovery, which also incorporates an Aboriginal understanding of the issue. Types of addiction include alcohol, drugs, fetal alcohol syndrome, and others. For more information, hover your mouse over each resource.
- Aboriginal Traditions In The Treatment Of Substance Abuse
- Addictive Behaviours Among Aboriginal People In Canada
- Alcohol And Pregnancy: Preventing FASD (Alberta Health Service)
- Alcohol: Effect On Women (Alberta Health Service)
- Business Plan For A Residential Treatment Facility Serving Indigenous Women & Their Children
- Drug And Alcohol Dependencies In Alberta Workplaces (Alberta Human Rights Commission)
- Early Intervention, Outreach & Community Linkages For Youth With Substance Use Problems
- Preventing FASD And FAS: Working With Pregnant Women Who Use Substances (Alberta Health Service)
- Recommendations & Best Practices In Addressing Substance And/Or Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse
- Research-Based Best Practice Principles In Treating Addiction
- Scared Straight (Young Warriors Network)
- Substance Abuse Treatment For Aboriginal Youth
- Tobacco: A Cultural Approach To Addiction And Recovery For Aboriginal Youth
- Towards Effective Tobacco Control In First Nations And Inuit Communities