First Nations Alcohol & Addiction Treatment

It's been years and years of struggling, knowing that I'm an alcoholic but not willing to do anything about it I'd been through treatment centres four times

The four last ones were First Nations ones, and, uh, sadly enough, none of them took I mean, my addiction brought me to so many lower and lower depths You never know when your end or your bottom's going to come Mine had to come, otherwise I was going to die The bottom line is I had had enough, and I needed something different

I needed a change I'd had a First Nations cousin who had previously gone through a place called The Door, The Last Door, and, uh, you know, he was even worse off than me He ended up in the downtown eastside, doing his drug of choice in back alleys and stuff, and and The Door brought him from those depths up to a place of relative sanity, I guess, and if it could do something for someone like that, then maybe this place has something to offer me The Door promotes community, at the same time being culturally sensitive to what I needed to work through They don't discriminate They deal with every ethnic background in here Another thing The Last Door promotes is one addict helping another

That's very important, and I've had the good fortune of having other First Nations follow me into the program, and, uh I managed to take them to sweats and stuff, and to them, it made a big difference to know that, okay, this isn't just a centre that jams the 12 steps down your throat They, uh

they let you do what you need to do, while keeping your cultural background in check, and for me, they allowed me to be proud that I'm First Nations I've finally come to terms with how much shame I carried, and to say "My name is Farrel I'm a Kwakwaka'wakw, and I'm from the Gwawa'enuxw tribe" is nothing but a gift for me every day I'm able to say it

Would I recommend The Last Door to First Nations people? In a heartbeat I have a lot of people within my community that suffer from alcoholism, so, you know, if if there's one suggestion I could possibly give to them, is, you know, The Last Door

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