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Every year, Wabanaki tribal chiefs, community leaders, and family members face the tough decision to send those seeking treatment for substance use disorder hundreds of miles away to find culturally-centered treatment. Some never receive treatment due to the great distances between their communities and treatment facilities and a lack of programs that are culturally inclusive. These barriers result in pain, unresolved trauma, and loss of life. For generations, Wabanaki people have suffered from a lack of resources to immediately help those living with substance use disorder and give long-term support to those in recovery.
Addressing the treatment and recovery needs in our communities, in November 2021 Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness opened the doors to the Center for Wabanaki Healing & Recovery, a facility to support tribal members on their recovery journey. Those seeking healing will have the opportunity to re-establish healthy relationships with our culture and their wellness in Wabanaki homelands, where vulnerability is an opportunity to build strength.
We has been providing culturally based peer lead services for Native Americans at its behavioral health location in Bangor Maine since October of 2017. The current Peer Run Recovery Program offers over 500 structured group session per year with over 400 unduplicated individuals participating in those sessions.
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The Center for Wabanaki Healing and Recovery offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at The Healing Lodge in Millinocket for all Wabanaki tribal members who are living with Substance Use Disorder. The IOP will blend the established evidenced-based practices of SUD treatment with the Traditional Healing Practices of the Wabanaki People. Housing and supportive services will be available for those participating in the outpatient program through the recovery residences.
Core Services of IOP:
Group and individual counseling
Drug use monitoring
Crisis intervention coverage
Introduction to community-based supports
More information coming soon…
The Center for Wabanaki Healing & Recovery puts culture, ceremony, language, and traditions at the heart of the recovery journey to support tribal members achieving optimal wellness. Because of this, Traditional Healing such as Talking Circles, Sweat Lodges, Pipe Ceremonies, Sacred Fires and Language will be the foundation of the recovery process.