St. Francis Mission has partnered with the Betty Ford Institute to provide educational programing to address the effects addiction has on the family. Because addiction is a family disease, without addressing the family dynamics of addiction, the addict suffers a high risk of relapse even after an intensive treatment program.
In these recovery programs, participants learn about codependency and the various role types that exist in family structure. Role types can cause enabling conduct and play a significant role in strengthening addictions; they can also lead to addiction in other family members. Participants of the 12-hour Family Recovery Program learn how to set boundaries, control codependency issues, and learn communication skills so they can express their emotions and feelings in a healthy and constructive way.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
Gifford, Ft. Peck, MT
“The services they (St. Francis Mission) provide at the two centers give hope to the people wanting a better sober way of life. It has helped me and countless others regain their sense of dignitiy”
Don Y., Rosebud, SD
“Family members who go through the 12-hour Family Recovery Program gain insight into the disease aspect of addiction. Very cunning, baffling and powerful. Both of the centers offer support through 12-step programs, traditional ceremonies and through church activities. Thank you for making this possible for me for the past 38 years.”
Charles, Rosebud, SD
“The SFM built two recovery centers on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Both outreach referral centers are for anyone seeking a healthy sober lifestyle thorugh various support groups, whatever works. Thanks to the St. Francis Mission for doing something about the problem here on the reservation by allowing Lakota people to run these centers and come up with solutions that work.”
Jim Stands notes that all the people on the Reservation are affected by the disease of addiction. It affects families in many generations from the great-grandchildren to the great grandparents, the individual, the family, the tiospaye (extended family), the community, and the oyate (the Nation).
White River Recovery Center Schedule
Monday: Narcotics Anonymous 8:00PM
Tuesday: A.A. 12:00 Noon,
Gamblers Anonymous 8:00PM
Wednesday: Out-Of-Towners “Open” AA meeting 8:00PM
Thursday: A.A. “Closed” 8:00PM
Friday: Schedule open for any 12-step meeting
It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people… alcoholism is truly a family disease. Al-Anon is a support group that helps family members that are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict. Al-Anon members share their experiences with each other and offer support, strength, and hope as to how they can help each other. The Al-Anon group follows a twelve step model of recovery and meets every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM at the Icimani Ya Waste recovery center in St. Francis.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (A.A)
A.A. is a twelve step model support group helping those with an alcohol addiction to find strength and support to help them stay sober. A.A. meets at 7:00 PM every Monday night at the Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center in St. Francis. The group is affectionately known as “Monday Night Madness” because it can often help serve as a supportive place for those in recovery to come talk about some of the struggles they might have had over the weekend. The group started in 2007 with three members and has grown to around 15-20 participants on a consistent basis.