Drug Addiction Treatment Centers North Pole AK

When you look at a cigarette packet, you are confronted with statistics relative to the main causes of death in this country. Although I cannot vouch for the absolute accuracy of these statistics, they do make interesting reading. Main cause of death is listed as tobacco, second is alcohol. Third main cause vehicular followed by illicit drugs and murder. Given that alcohol could be said to play a part in some of the vehicular deaths and also murder. It lends a fairly considerable weight to the argument.

Fairbanks Native Association
Ralph Perdue Center
3100 South Cushman Street, Suite 100,
Fairbanks, AK99701
(907) 452-6251x6411
www.fairbanksnative.org

Intake Phone Numbers:
(907) 452-6251x6400

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Specializing in DUI/DWI offenders

For thousands of years Alaska’s first people, jointly called Alaska Natives, made their livelihood as subsistence hunters and fishers (Alaska’s History: The People, Land and Events of the North Country, 1993). In Alaska’s interior region the subsistence traditions of our ancestors were forever changed by the first successful expedition into the Interior by Lt. Henry Allen in 1885 and the discovery of gold in the Tanana Valley surrounding Fairbanks. The discovery of gold brought thousands of non-Native people to the area and the Alaska Native traditional subsistence lifestyle began to give way to one marked by permanent villages, which today rely in large part on a cash economy.

The increasing reliance of these villages on the cash economy has forced many Alaska Natives to leave their ancestral homelands for Alaska’s urban areas, including Fairbanks, to seek employment. In 1960, only 12% of Alaska Natives lived in urban areas. By 1990 the percent of Alaska Natives living in urban areas increased to 44%. Population changes between 1980 and 1990 reflect the highest rate of Native in-migration to urban centers. In 1990, for instance, 11% of the population of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (Alaska’s Interior) migrated to other parts of Alaska (Alaska Department of Labor, 1994).

The experiences of the first Alaska Natives to move to the city of Fairbanks were marked by discrimination. Many Alaska Native men serving in the United States Army during World War II at Ladd Airfield Base near Fairbanks were barred from Fairbanks stores, hotels, restaurants, and bars. At that time “No Indians” signs and attitudes were an integral part of the Alaska Native experience in urban areas.

By the mid-1960s most of the signs had come down, but Alaska Natives continued to find that they were welcome in few public places. “Even people who didn’t drink had no place to go except the bars,” said Poldine Carlo, Athabascan Native Elder and one of FNA’s charter members, when asked why she started FNA. “Because there was nowhere else for them to go, we started inviting people over to our house. For two or three winters, we even had different village mushers and their dogs staying here in the woods behind our house.”

It was these experiences that led Poldine Carlo and others, including her husband Bill and Ralph Perdue, Morris Thompson, Margie Wright, John Sackett, and Max Huhndorf to organize an association for urban Alaska Natives. While the Civil Rights Movement was shaking the nation, Alaska Natives in Fairbanks started meeting around Poldine’s kitchen table to design an association that would bring Alaska Native people living in Fairbanks together; an association that would give them a sense of belonging where there was none; an association that would speak on behalf of Alaska Natives, who had little political clout; and an association that would meet their cultural, social, and economic needs.

In 1967 FNA was incorporated as a nonprofit under the laws of the State of Alaska. Membership then as it is now was open to Alaska Natives and American Indians of one-quarter blood or greater who once a year elect a nine-person board of directors. Today FNA is a powerful and influential Native American voice in Alaska. Over the years our organization has changed public policies that were discriminatory to our people and our programs have helped countless people find new jobs, maintain sobriety, celebrate their culture, and receive an education.

As FNA continues to build a stronger community, we will hold true to our mission “to provide quality services in a professional manner for our membership and the greater Fairbanks community.”

The Reasons Behind Drug Addiction

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The Reasons Behind Drug Addiction

Andrew Mitchell

Friday, September 14, 2007 Life quite often has a way of dealing out lessons at the most opportune time. They may not always be immediately understood or appreciated but, in hindsight we are able to learn from not only our own mistakes and misfortunes but from the mistakes and misfortunes of others.

I have a friend who is at present suffering from acute alcoholism, prescription and illicit drug use and injuries sustained from a serious collision with roadside trees while on a "pub run" to stock up on her poison of choice. Those close to our friend thought and hoped that the fact she had nearly killed herself and her 13 year old daughter while alcohol impaired may provide the "wake up call" she so seriously needs. Maybe make her look at her demons, if not for her own sake then for the sake of her children two of whom are under 10. Unfortunately we have been disappointed at every turn. Not only has she not accepted responsibility for her actions, she denies every facet of her addiction. The denial mechanism is so firmly entrenched at present she denies that she even drinks. This while begging her 16 year old daughter to bring her alcohol whilst she is in hospital. Which, she informs the nurses is Iced Tea.

Where do the life lessons come into this you ask? I too have had a battle with alcohol abuse. I too cranked up the denial machine. Now I get to see it from the other side.

Of all the drugs available in this country both legal and illicit, alcohol must be without a doubt the most insidious and damaging of all. It wrecks individual lives, families, property and not only causes death and injury but continues to be an ongoing drain to the community in both a financial and psychological sense.

When you look at a cigarette packet, you are confronted with statistics relative to the main causes of death in this country. Although I cannot vouch for the absolute accuracy of these statistics, they do make interesting reading. Main cause of death is listed as tobacco, second is alcohol. Third main cause vehicular followed by illicit drugs and murder. Given that alcohol could be said to play a part in some of the vehicular deaths and also murder. It lends a fairly considerable weight to the argument.

Looking at someone descending into the pits of substance abuse is a heartbreaking soul destroying exercise. Given that most alcohol abusers will deny they even have a problem leaves friends and loved ones at their wits end. I have seen and indeed have experienced family and friends desperate to help, resort to almost farcical measures to try and stop the abuser drinking or using. One family member of mine resorted to hiding all alcohol in their car if I was coming to their home. Whilst I applaud the fact that generally close friends and family want to help and by that very fact give cause for hope. Ultimately the buck starts and stops with the abuser.

During the period I was rec...

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