Maintenance/Prevention Programs

Below are many of the Maintenance/Prevention Programs that we have currently have in place.

Counselling - One-on-one counselling remains the backbone of NADACA programming with fifteen counsellors employed to cover the twelve Bands in the Province.

Referral - After initial contact and counselling, the client is documented and referred to the proper resource (Detox, Treatment, Doctor, Hospital, Mental Health Unit, etc.).

Follow-up - Upon release from a treatment program, Community Addiction Counsellors provide follow-up services to help the client remain free from addictive materials.

After-care - As part of the total recovery program, we try to introduce the client to a new range of options such as: A.A., job training and job counselling, upgrading etc. The goal here is to permanently break the alcohol and drug cycle.

Diversion Program - Taking the form of recreation, fitness, and cultural programs, we try to offer the client a positive substitute to the alcohol and drug scene.

Education - Alcohol and Drug education programs are now a part of the Curriculum in most Federal and Band schools.

Education Workshops - Aimed mostly at the youth, these workshops, conducted by the Community Addiction Counsellor, try to reach potential abusers before the fact.

Public Information Program - Conducting community workshops, distributing information packages, publishing "Different Paths," and publishing articles in the "Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Nations News," community newsletters, and local media highlight this program.

Solvent Abuse Program - The primary objective of the solvent abuse program is to develop and deliver a range of community based services to combat solvent abuse. Such services are delivered to all thirteen Bands and include prevention/community development services; early intervention services; community based treatment and assessment services; case management and out patient treatment services; and community aftercare programs.

Peer Counsellors - To encourage the youth to channel their energies away from the alcohol and drug scene, we try to get them involved in the formation of special projects in the community. Although not formally organized, the youth play a major role in the development of special initiatives to assist the youth of the community combat alcohol and drug use.

Education Day Program - Operating in two-week cycles, the Education Day Program serves as a pre-treatment educational program. In an informal workshop setting, we try to give people a clear picture of the negative effects of alcohol and drugs. We do this through lectures and films, group discussion, and group interaction. The program is mobile and can be taken to any Reserve in the Province.

DWI Program - Operating as a part of the Education Day Program, the DWI Program allows native offenders to fulfil the requirements of the courts in regaining their right to drive, and in their own community. This two day program, which is run at periodic intervals, accepts clients as ordered by the courts or the Provincial Department of Transportation.

Educational Youth Program - The Educational Youth Program is an extension of the Day Program that takes us into the school system. Acting on a request from school officials, we quickly moved our resource team into Band, Federal, and Provincial schools with an important message regarding solvent and drug abuse. We see solvent abuse and drug experimentation as the main concern among this younger group. To get the message through, we conduct workshops, rotating from classroom to classroom as the school schedule permits. While the primary focus is with the grade four to nine students, we also put on special video presentations for the younger students.

Post-Traumatic Stress Crisis Team - As the native community reels from the rash of suicides on Maritime Reserves, native social agencies begin to fight back with a vengeance. A Post-Traumatic Stress Crisis team has been created to help families cope with suicides and other high stress situations. The crisis team, made up of native social workers, suicide prevention counsellors, and alcohol and drug Counsellors, will be very visible in the community. The Team not only offers grief counselling, but also plays a major role in helping communities develop prevention programs. Suicide is not the way to overcome personal and family problems, and we hope to get this message across.

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