THE DIFFERENCE A NATIVE WOMEN’S AWARENESS CIRCLE MAKES IN A TREATMENT PROGRAM. SHERRI-LYN HILL PIERCE – Native Spirit Consulting LAUREL WHALEN-CURRAN – Womankind Addiction Service KARI WHITELAW – Womankind Addiction Service. Native Spirit Consulting.
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SHERRI-LYN HILL PIERCE – Native Spirit Consulting
LAUREL WHALEN-CURRAN – Womankind Addiction Service
KARI WHITELAW – Womankind Addiction Service
Native Spirit Consulting A TREATMENT PROGRAM
Sheri-Lyn Hill Pierce FNWACCB, ICADC, CASAC
Native Spirit Consulting
Laurel Whalen- Curran
Womankind Addiction Service
Senior Addiction Counsellor
(905)521-9591 ext 238
Womankind Addiction Service
(905)521-9591 ext 232
ALIGNMENT WITH BEST PRACTICES
Programs lack attention to spiritual values and traditional ceremonies
The use of positive Aboriginal role models needs to be enhanced
WHAT WAS NEEDED:
Grounding the holistic framework in a grass roots approach
Valuing that there are pockets of expertise outside of our own walls
The cultural face provides validity to program delivery
Spirituality: Being Connected with all living things (Freedom all around you)
Dictionary: Of the human spirit or soul.
Religion: Something that has been handed
down and where it is practiced
Dictionary: Belief in and worship of a
superhuman controlling power.
BALANCING ALL ASPECTS A TREATMENT PROGRAM
A faith of some kind
Low Self Esteem
Loss of faith
Loss of identity
Asking for Help
Week #1: How come we are where we are in life today?
Week#2: How come we choose to make ourselves suffer?
Week#3 : How come there is drama in my life?
Week#4: How come it’s hard to accept responsibility?
Week#5: What’s my next step in my healing outside these walls?
LISTEN TO THE WISDOM OF YOUR HEART. A TREATMENT PROGRAM
“ I am going to listen to my gut and follow my heart. I am going to set boundaries. I am going to maintain and nurture my spirituality.” NWAC participant
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOUR SPIRIT.
“ I am going to remember that she taught me I am important and worth loving myself and I don’t desire to be hurt anymore. I am a strong woman and I should always listen to my instinct. “
EXPRESSED WANTS A TREATMENT PROGRAM
To Be Believed In
To Find Self
Trusted by Family
Have Healthy Friends
“It gave me a more rounded understanding of my own spirituality.
A tool I will carry throughout my recovery.”
“Keep being positive.
Knowing the real me. After
treatment continue support
network to keep recovered.
Talk to my Higher Power and
thank him. Love myself.”
“Realize my strength
as a woman and
apply the things I’ve
learned in real life.”
“I liked the Native
group a lot and I’m
“It is reassuring
having my weeks
“This class has taught me self respect and helped me in setting boundaries. I have a voice.”
“We can alter our lives by altering our attitudes. That really stuck out for me. It is simple
but so true. I’ve altered my attitude so far (more positive) and have noticed some
changes already. Sheri-Lyn spoke a lot about what we’ve learned in groups but
put a different spin on it which helped It sink in even more.”
How to Smudge Self
Grounding Stone: Turtle