Native Americans face many struggles, including a prevalence of substance abuse and addiction. Because of this, many Native American rehab programs have been developed with the purpose of addressing issues specific to their culture and life experiences.
If you or a loved one are part of a Native American community and are struggling with addiction, it is important to know what your treatment options are and where you can go to find help for your substance abuse.
Facts and Stats About Native American Substance Abuse
When it comes to drug addiction and alcoholism in Native Americans, the statistics can be quite surprising. Amongst American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIAN), these individuals had the highest drug/alcohol death rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
From 2013-2017, drug-related poisoning and overdose deaths were estimated at 32.6 per 100,000, with alcohol poisoning deaths ranging around 93.1 per 100,000. In particular, despite only accounting for around 2% of the U.S. population, indigenous groups account for the highest rates of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogen use, as well as the second highest rate of methamphetamine abuse in the country.
The substance abuse issues Native Americans face today can largely be attributed to the lack of access they have to intervention and treatment services. This is due to a combined lack of transportation, poor health insurance, poverty issues, and limited treatment options available within their communities.
How Is a Native American Addiction Treatment Program Different?
Native American addiction treatment programs differ from mainstream programs in several key ways, offering resources and support designed to address problems specific to indigenous communities.
One of the biggest ways Native American recovery programs are different from other treatment options is their attention to cultural Integration. This includes placing an emphasis on spirituality and traditional healing practices, integrating sweat ceremonies, smudging, and talking circles alongside Western therapeutic approaches.
These programs also maintain a strong community focus, emphasizing the need to build strong community connections and support one another’s healing journeys. This can include addressing historical trauma acknowledging the brutal and tragic circumstances experienced by Native communities and its impact on individual addiction.
What Are Some Addiction Treatments for Native Americans?
There are several addiction treatments available to Native Americans struggling with substance abuse. At Royal Life Centers, we provide culturally appropriate addiction assessments and evaluations for co-occurring conditions, as well as individual and group-based treatment.
When recovering through a Native American treatment program such as ours, you can expect to participate in activities such as:
- Processing grief and trauma
- Engagement in cultural traditions
- Therapeutic sweat lodge ceremonies
- Tribal healing events
- Medicine Wheel Hands
These tribal healing activities will be offered alongside Western evidence-based treatments, from detox to residential treatment and aftercare services, as well as therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
We also provide more holistic therapies, such as accelerated Resolution Therapy, activity therapy, adventure therapy, equine therapy, and more. These therapies can help you better understand your addiction and learn healthier coping mechanisms for maintaining long-term sobriety.
Our Native American programs aim to maintain our guests’ cultural values and beliefs, which is why we also provide the following services in an effort to promote healing:
- Traditional Native American healing practices and teachings
- Native American elders who conduct ceremonies and teach tribal courses
- Individual and group counseling for all guests
- Staff members with Native American ancestry
- Aftercare services through tribal community referrals
Generally, when seeking help through a Native American Addiction Treatment Program such as ours, you can expect to receive a combination of traditional indigenous healing practices and Western interventions. This helps to ensure you are receiving the comprehensive and culturally inclusive treatment you need to achieve long-term sobriety.
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Native American Addiction Treatment at Royal Life Centers
At Royal Life Centers, our Native American Programs focus on addressing the risk factors involved with drug and alcohol abuse, particularly those faced in indigenous communities. We strive to provide inclusive care by integrating cultural activities alongside Western therapeutic interventions.
With our treatment approach, we aim to motivate both our native and non-native guests through participation in indigenous healing rituals. We believe that these practices can benefit our guests in many ways, including leading healthier lifestyles and restoring familial, interpersonal, and community relationships.
From talking circles to hands-on activities designed to build self-confidence and a desire to achieve lasting recovery, our Native American programs work to address substance abuse in indigenous communities with respect and integrity.
Our program provides NAP courses, ceremonies, and peer-support gatherings to help expose our guests to the healing process with respect and inclusivity. Our treatment values center around providing an inclusive, respectful, and restorative recovery environment. If you are ready to start your recovery at one of our Native American Programs, reach out to us now.
Addiction can be a serious and scary disease, but with the right support, recovery is possible. We are available to answer all of your treatment questions and help you understand what levels of care will give you the best chance at sobriety. Call 888-557-7990 to start your recovery today!