The FCP AODA Department has added recovery coaching to its treatment equation. The purpose of the coaches is to provide a support system within the FCP Community for clients in need of ongoing support as they work towards a life of sobriety. Coaches provide a link between the FCP tribal AODA client, the AODA counselors, and other community resources. They work within the care team and assist clients with their treatment plans as directed by the counselors. Coaches serve as a role model, mentor (i.e. find a self-help sponsor), advocate and motivator to those recovering individuals to help prevent relapse and to help promote long term sobriety in the tribal community. They provide transportation to self-help meetings, recovery events and outings. They demonstrate and share their own personal recovery experiences and develop real authentic peer-to-peer relationships.
Family involvement is important to recovery. Our program provides family members the opportunity to participate in Potawatomi cultural family sessions. The AODA counselors, including the recovery coaches, will conduct the sessions at the office site but also in the client’s homes to get a better feel of treating the whole family affected by addiction and use the family disease model of addiction. In these family sessions our goal is to promote healing, discussing progress in the program, how chemical use hurts the family system, amends that might need to be made, and aftercare recommendations.
Culture is an integral part of our recovery services. We respect an individual’s religious and/or spiritual beliefs. In an effort to provide a better understanding of Potawatomi cultural values and spiritual principles, our program offers clients the opportunity for introduction to Potawatomi cultural activities, participate in Potawatomi pipe and drum ceremonies, talking circles, sweat lodges, powwows, and Potawatomi language groups.
The focus is on education of traditional healing which includes: talking circles, beading, youth outreach and working with the schools. The counselors and the recovery coaches make weekly visits to the Forest/Oneida/ Vilas county jails to provide support to incarcerated clients. Every Tuesday, a counselor and prevention worker host a separate men and women’s educational AODA group at the local jail. The educational groups focus on AODA topics and the participants are encouraged to provide feedback during an open discussion.
Six step process for preventative group work
Educate youth on drugs and alcohol
Teach problem solving skills for rejecting alcohol & drugs
Develop a cognitive rehearsal strategy
Implement behavioral rehearsal
Establish a positive social network
Pair youth up to assist one another in rejecting drugs and alcohol