Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Program

News from the Addiction Counselling Program Sept/2014


The summer went by fast the Western Fair and Oneida is over fall begins, now preparing for winter events for the next 3months. As of right now our filing system is going to IDB with the federation, we are still using Catalyst datis system, this new information collections will be more user friendly (Native) clients, there will be quarterly reports the alcohol and drug has to do, we are slowly working out bugs, and adding new ones,

Counselling session and coping skills topics are the main part of addiction program and learning to focus on solutions for problem, develop relapse prevention program.

The N’Amerind addiction program consists of 12 step AA program, counselling sessions with CAMH coping skills topics, home work, etc, early coping strategies , coping cravings, building a support system, this program involves reading and writing, studying there are no pass or fail marks it is to help recognize triggers that cause one to use, and find a way to over come these signs, that’s where building a strong support system really helps

Topics that help recognize triggers, Anger Management, coping with loss, the first topic anger, talks about the many faces of anger, and to learn were one fits and to uncover were this feeling come from, the idea is not get rid anger completely but learn control, since anger is normal emotion.

Coping with loss topic, where grief is a natural response to any loss such as ending a relationship, moving to a new community or even saying goodbye to substance use. A moment of grief is like the tip of an emotional iceberg it can trigger other emotional experiences that linger beneath the surface. Taking time to grieve the loss of a lifestyle can be very helpful to you in early stages of changing your substance use. Of course there are practice exercises. Such as: what have I lost, Feeling, New Behaviours,

Another tool used is Solution Focused Therapeutic Process, based on twenty years of theoretical development, clinical practice and empirical research (e.g. de Shazer 1986, Berg & Miller, 1992, Berg 1994, DeJong& Berg (2008), de Shazer, Dolnet, al, 2006). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is different in many ways from traditional approaches to treatment. It is a competency-based model, which minimizes emphasis on past failings and problems, and instead focuses on clients’ strengths and previous successes. There is a focus on working from the clients’ understandings of her/his concern/situation and what client might want different., the basic tenets are, It is based on solution –building rather than problem–solving. The therapeutic focus should be on the client’s desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts.

In plain terms focus on solutions not the problem already know the problem.

Coping skill topics—Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Solution Focused Therapy-Research Committee of Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association

Terry S Trepper, Eric E McCollum, Peter De Jong, Harry Korman, Wallace Gingerich , Cynthia Franklin



Provide support to Urban First Nation community members who are struggling with addictions of alcohol, drugs, solvent abuse and gambling issues. Provide referrals to appropriate treatment centres or healing lodges, promote healthy lifestyles free from alcohol and drugs through assisting with an individual plan of care, building support systems to prevent relapse. Provide information and location for support groups and other services for families.

Services Offered


  • After Care Program
  • Visits on Request – corrections detention
  • AA Meetings once a week Friday
  • Liaison with other organizations ie CAS


  • Treatment Centres/Healing Lodges


  • One on One Sessions
  • Self Help support Group
  • School Information Presentations
  • Family Wellness Sessions
  • Alcohol & Drug Information Sessions
  • Gambling Addictions Counseling

Promotions Healthy Activities

  • Racing Against Drugs – RCMP Program
  • MADD
  • Student Awards/Healthy Lifestyles

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