our 40 years of service to the native community.It has been a period of continuous adjustment to new problems, new programs, and new ways of dealing with addictions issues. In recent years, as our service delivery mechanism became more professional and more sophisticated, we made substantial progress in curbing the alcohol problem. And, although alcohol is still a major concern on some Reserves, illicit drugs and other forms of chemical abuse have moved to the forefront. As alcohol was seen as mainly an adult problem, today's illicit drug and toxic solvents reach all ages. We now see children, often preteens, drawn into the depths of chemical addiction. When the illicit drug and the solvent abuse problem surfaced in the eighties, we quickly moved to retrain staff so they would be better equipped to deal with this new phase of addiction. To meet the challenge, and knowing we had to reach people before they became addicted, we began to place a greater emphasis on education, especially among our youth. Our present staff now devote their time to educational workshops, school visits, diversion activities, and working with the youth of their communities. In the mid eighties, we moved into the treatment field, and this gave the Association the status of a full service agency.
From humble beginnings, we have emerged as a leader in the design and delivery of alcohol and drug services to the native community. Starting in 1971, as a program of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, we have grown from a few part time field counsllor to a full complement of field and office staff as well as two treatment facilities. We now have counsellors on every Reserve, and staff are better trained to deal with a whole range of substance abuse problems. We have also established an excellent network of specialized resources to help the clients back on the road to recovery and long term recovery. In 1987, after a lengthly period of negotiations, NADACA moved into the tretment field, boasting the first treatment facility in Eastern Canada. The spring of '90 marked yet another milestone in our history as we opened the first Mi'kmaq Recovery House in the Maritimes.
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