Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

SOCIAL CONDITIONS

Substance Abuse Intervention

Program Name:

Rising Sun Treatment Centre

Organization/Community:

Rising Sun Treatment Centre (Board of Directors)

Location:

Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick

Website:

www.risingsuntreatment.ca

Goals and Objectives:

To service 11 participating communities in alcohol and drug treatment.

Target Group Description:

Individuals with addictions from the participating communities.

Program Description:

The program operates in an inpatient setting, with a recently added day program to serve people who don't fit into an inpatient setting, such as those taking medications, and methadone. They offer help for clients to deal with trauma issues – the techniques used depend on what the trauma is. There is a strong cultural component that involves Elders serving as a resource for staff and clients, ceremonies such as talking circles, smudging, drumming, and sweat lodges. All staff are familiar with traditional ceremonies.

Program Successes/Impact:

Successfully retaining staff with less than adequate financial compensation. Successfully operating with less than adequate funding.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

The challenge of getting people who need treatment to come to the program.

Program in operation since:

1988.

Program:

Ongoing.

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