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Path to Recovery

Every youth must find their own path to recovery from drug and alcohol dependence.  The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations provides one component on that path which may begin with programs closer to home.  Education and outpatient programs are usually local, and can help with the first intervention when a problem is identified.  Intensive outpatient can usually be found locally, and involves a higher level of involvement for the client and treatment professionals.  Failure at this levels, or a lack of local support systems can lead to a stay in an inpatient program like the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations.

Inpatient programs take the client out of their own environment and immerse them into an intensive learning and experiential environment without the challenges of the daily triggers that cause them to be unsuccessful when in their home environment.  Inpatient allows a period for the body to be free of the substances they are addicted to - to complete detoxing the system and provide good nutrition to help the body and mind to heal.  Many substances take up to 30 days to exit the system, and treatment cannot truly begin until the mind and body are clear.

The inpatient stay provides an opportunity for learning new behaviors, for increasing self-esteem, and for learning to recognize and control the triggers that cause the client to use artificial substances to achieve a desired affect.  At the Healing Lodge, we infuse the treatment experience with Native American culture which is proving to create a sense of self and pride for Native American youth, and creates a foundation rooted in respect for nature and family frequently lacking for both Native and non-native youth alike.

The path to recovery continues after an inpatient stay with a preplanned aftercare program.  This is where the youth steps down to a less structured environment that can be home, or to a less intensive program like a recovery house or continued learning experience like Job Corp or boarding school.  Each client presents a unique situation which will determine what they aftercare plan for when they complete their inpatient stay.

The eventual return home creates interesting challenges.  Knowing the triggers that challenge the young client is important.  Is the parent's own use of alcohol or drugs a contributing factor?  Do their friends place peer pressure on them to use again?  Identifying these issues is an important part of inpatient treatment and aftercare planning.  Please know that we have the best interests of the client in mind as we explore with you the options that are available on their own path to recovery.