Addiction Treatment Fairbanks AK
Ralph Perdue Center
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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
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.”
Why a Person Becomes an Addict
Why a Person Becomes an Addict
Danielle MorganFriday, September 14, 2007 They are many reasons to why a person becomes addicted to drugs.
They can be from very different back rounds.
Drugs affect people in many different ways, but one thing they can share, is a very powerful addiction to a drug they no longer have control of.
There are many physiological and physical problems that can affect a drug user, as a result of their drug use, here are some of the effects,
Low self esteem,
withdrawal symptoms - IE, muscle cramps, sweating, bowel problems, nausea, pain and many more.
These a just a few to mention, and as you can imagine, one would be enough to deal with, let alone five or all, which is very much a possibility.
As i mentioned, there are people that become addicted for many different reasons. Here are a few example,
- Emotional trauma, wanting to escape from recent or past traumatic experience
-Recreational use, which leads to addiction,
-Peer pressure, wanting to fit in, or pressure from partners, or family members,
-Curiosity, wanting to get high.
There are many reasons, but the outcomes are all pretty much alike.
When addiction grips a person, they become cocooned in their own existence, The outside world becomes alien, so they disassociate themselves from it, even their family.
It becomes a desperate life, for as their tolerance grow so does the cost,which leads to criminal activity's.
For many this leads to prison, but it only deters a few, but i believe a person has to wan,t to change, you can not force them.
For the loved ones trying to help, with no outcome its little wonder they call, heroine and crack cocaine "The Devils Drug".
They deeper one falls into the devils web, the harder it is to escape its grasp.
The word "reality" becomes an enemy, for one of the reasons their tolerance grows, is beca...