SUNRISE Native Addictions Services Society helps men, women, and their families recover from the destructive effects of alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. We serve Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities across Alberta, incorporating a unique cultural and spiritual healing experience while employing the Twelve Steps and the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Our programs adhere to Aboriginal based Teachings, Values, and Beliefs, and also to the Minnesota Model, which stresses lifelong abstinence, the importance of education, involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous, and the notion of treating the whole person: body, mind and spirit.Our abstinence based approach to healing the mind and body is harmonious with Aboriginal values and teachings. Elder involvement, traditional ceremonies, cultural field trips, community involvement, sharing circles, counseling, mentoring, and after care support are integral components of our client support programs.
SUNRISE Native Addictions Services Society currently delivers several key services to the people of Alberta:
Outpatient Program, a four week program that offers men and women one-to-one counselling, relationship counselling, relapse prevention, 12 step information, fetal alcohol syndrome education, HIV/Aids education and gambling addiction education. Clients may take the 4-week program on a contract basis.
Inpatient Program, a six week program that offers men and women an intensive program consisting of group sessions and one-to-one counselling. Week one consists of Traditional Pathways orientation, Weeks 2-5 consists of Addiction Treatment programming. Each of the four weeks focuses on recovery through one of the quadrants of the Medicine Wheel: Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual. Week 6 has the Building on Recovery theme and it focuses on relapse prevention and the development of an aftercare plan.
Living Through Recovery Treatment, a 3-month program that assists clients with successful re-integration back into society by combining weekly group sessions with individual care plans in order to maintain their sobriety. The program utilizes collaborations within the community of Calgary to assist our clients in returning back to work, finding suitable housing, and upgrading education. Clients entering the L.T.R.T. program must have completed a minimum of four to six weeks of Inpatient treatment programming within the last three months. Once clients complete the first twelve weeks of the L.T.R.T. program, they then attend weekly sharing circle group sessions.
Family Counselling Program – a program targeting prevention strategies, which help at-risk families develop strengths, and healthy coping strategies for positive lifestyle choices. This is accomplished through work on improving communication skills, participation in parenting groups, family group counselling, individual counselling, and sharing circles. The program addresses substance abuse, family violence, family dynamics, criminal involvement, gang affiliation, poverty, and homelessness.We see an Addictions free lifestyle for Aboriginal people, their families and communities. We believe that with the right support, no matter how far down someone has fallen; clients can recover and be healthy contributing members in their communities.
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