The Eastern Shoshone Recovery Program in Fort Washakie will be celebrating National Recovery Month with a Barbecue, fun, games, booths, and the opportunity for families to have a family portrait taken during the “Joining the Voices; Strengthen Families and Communities” two-day event on September 19th and 20th.
Every year, National Recovery Month is recognized in September nationwide, through The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to draw attention to recovery. Kellie Webb Clinical Director for the Eastern Shoshone Recovery Program says a carnival atmosphere will be provided for families, and will run from 2p.m. to 6p.m. on September 19th.
On September 20th from 10a.m. to 1p.m. the Fort Washakie Recovery Center will invite an elder of the tribe to talk about families and where they come from and how to strengthen them.
The top five priorities to strengthen families and communities on the Wind River Reservation will be put together and offered to the tribe through strategic planning in providing grass roots for strengthening the community.
Webb said, “In a microcosm of the reservation compared to statistics of substance abuse across the nation; twenty-six million people meet the criteria for substance abuse disorders; out of twenty-six million only two million seek treatment services.”
On the Wind River Reservation 10% of the population seek substance abuse treatment. Through a cultural perspective it is said that a family member impacts their family which impact their community, impacts their tribe and the tribe impacts the wider communities and it goes out that way; it brings together the connection.
Webb said, “In a national level, people are beginning to see the impact of the cultural practices of Native people. When we talk about the Red Road in recovery, we are talking about the path of our ancestors and walking that road that the Creator intended. Each of us has our own path and a way to contribute in the world; as long as we keep learning with a clear mind and a clear heart, we are walking that red road.”
h/t Darrah Perez