Native American Alcohol Rehab

The Native American community has seen its people ravaged by alcoholism over the past century.    Thanks to the limits and inequities placed upon them by the American government, Native Americans have seen their job opportunities dwindle – which in turn has caused a rise in their alcohol addiction rates.

To help combat the problem on reservations, and in small towns around the country, there are Native American alcohol rehab centers.  These life-saving treatment facilities offer hope in the face of difficult odds – and often a strong genetic predisposition for alcoholism.

What is Native American Alcohol Rehab?

Native American alcohol rehab is any alcohol addiction treatment program that addresses the unique needs of this specific community.   That means incorporating vital issues about life, hope and tradition into the treatment process.   These programs take into account the culture of alcohol abuse that many Native Americans have grown up with – and show men and women of various tribes how to move forward without the “crutch” that alcohol may provide.

What happens during Native American Alcohol Rehab?

Native American alcohol rehab programs generally consist of three core components:  detox, counseling/therapy and aftercare.   Detox is the “drying out” period, during which the individual stops their intake of alcohol.  Although the recovering addict may experience strong withdrawal symptoms during this period, the result of making it through is overcoming the physical addiction to alcohol.

Once detox is complete, the individual is able to pursue counseling and therapy within the treatment program.   For Native American alcohol rehab this may mean discussing the impact of the reservation on one’s drinking habits.  Or growing up with peers and close family members who were alcoholics.  The object is to break the cycle of alcohol addiction by providing a new way of thinking – and giving the individual healthier lifestyle options that will provide them with a non-alcoholic outlet.

The final process in Native American alcohol rehab is aftercare.   Aftercare programs give individuals the means to implement what they learned during treatment in the weeks, months and years after the program has ended.  One prime example of aftercare is the 12-step group.  Organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous often hold meeting on Native American reservations as a means of provided ongoing support to recovering alcoholics.    These meetings are a chance to talk openly and honestly with others who are going through similar circumstances – gaining strength from their stories and successes.

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The Native American people need alcohol rehab more than many other ethnic groups because of the strong binge-drinking element that has sadly become a part of their culture.  Alcohol rehab is a chance to change this aspect of their culture for the better – one recovery at a time.

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