Celebrating Sobriety

SCF has several programs to strengthen relationships and provide support during alcohol recovery.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month; created by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The observance helps to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol.

If you or a loved one are not sure where to look for information about alcohol or drug dependency services, Southcentral Foundation has resources available to help. Talking with your primary care provider is a good first step to finding the best path. In Anchorage, a variety of programs and services range from learning circles to intensive inpatient residential treatment.

Learning circles bring small groups of people with similar needs together to talk, share story, and learn from each other. A learning circle on recovery and addiction centered on recovery support is one of many offered. It is culturally appropriate and is peer-driven; participants learn various behavioral triggers and coping skills.

A second program to help is the SCF Four Directions Outpatient Treatment Center, which provides substance abuse and dual diagnosis assessments, substance abuse and mental health counseling, as well as group counseling for men and women addressing a range of topics.

Another intensive program offered is SCF Detox, a voluntary program available to Alaska Native, American Indian, and non-Native residents ages 18 years and older. SCF Detox provides medical detox in a comfortable shared space with others while under 24-hour medical supervision. Priority is given to pregnant customers, IV drug users, and customers with a confirmed treatment bed.

Additionally, there are two SCF programs offered specifically for women; Alaska Women’s Recovery Project and Dena A Coy Residential Treatment Program. AWRP provides community-based, peer-driven, and peer-led recovery support for women whose lives have been disrupted by alcohol and other drug use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Dena A Coy provides services for pregnant, parenting, and non-parenting women who are experiencing problems related to alcohol and drugs, in addition to emotional and psychological issues. Services include individual addiction and mental health counseling, case management, and group counseling.

For men, SCF offers the Native Men’s Wellness Program, which is dedicated to raising awareness of Alaska Native and American Indian men’s health and wellness by addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their lives.

In addition to SCF programs and services, SCF partners with several organizations including sister nonprofit Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Recover Alaska, Covenant House, and Brother Francis Shelter. The partnerships help create a safety net for customer-owners looking to change their relationship to alcohol. Help at SCF is available for anyone seeking a healthier way of life.

Learn more online at southcentralfoundation.com.

by Connie Irrigoo

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