Anpetu Luta Otipi is a small addiction treatment facility for adults and adolescents in Martin, South Dakota, about a two-and-a-half hour drive from the state’s capital of Pierre. Martin is a small town of only 1,071 and primarily prairie land with a large Native American population comprising 48.3% of their total citizenship.
To seek services from Anpetu Luta Otipi (whose tagline is “Living in a Red Day,” meaning living a life without drugs and alcohol), prospective residents must prove they have Native American lineage or provide a tribal enrollment number; treatment has a corresponding emphasis on issues important to their culture, with a specific focus on Lakota values. Anpetu Luta Otipi opened in 1980 to fill the growing need for an adolescent substance abuse program, with both inpatient and outpatient services.
Accommodations and Food
Anpetu Luta Otipi has 10 beds and clients generally share a room with one other person. All are equipped with twin beds and storage space for clothing though not much else. Since the facility is limited to the bare essentials, there aren’t many extra amenities on-site—still, it is located near a fitness center that residents can take advantage of.
Clients dine on food cooked-to-order by a chef who also has a dietary certification. The facility serves three meals a day consisting of healthy options like salads, lean meat, grains and cooked vegetables; snacks are available after lunch and dinner.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at Anpetu Luta Otipi typically lasts about 30 days and includes individual counseling, group counseling, family services, addiction education sessions, treatment planning, traditional healing ceremonies such as Inipi (a traditional sweat lodge) and alternative treatments like writing and art therapy. It does not offer detox, nor does it participate in 12-step; instead, the program shows residents a way to recovery rooted in traditional Lakota values.
A typical day at Anpetu Luta Otipi begins at 6 am with breakfast, a morning walk and a group meeting at 9 am. Clients go through various educational seminars, group meetings and one-on-ones for the rest of the day, with breaks for lunch in the early afternoon and dinner in the evening. After dinner, residents can exercise at the nearby fitness center.
Anpetu Luta Otipi employs about six staff members, including an MD who serves as clinical director, a host of certified chemical depency counselors and some administrative staff; the staff-to-client ratio is about two-to-one. While residents can have visitors on Sundays, telephone privileges and electronics are not allowed.
Anpetu Luta Otipi offers 24 months of aftercare, which includes monthly individual reviews, relapse prevention education, weekly support groups and access to healing ceremonies. They also offer DUI/DWI classes that residents can take if needed.
Overall, Anpetu Luta Otipi is a great resource for South Dakotan Native Americans who are financially down on their luck and seeking help for addiction. Because there are so few distractions, residential treatment is sure to be intense but for a free program, thisAnpetu Luta Otipi offers services that would be otherwise hard to come by.
Anpetu Luta Otipi
208 Main St
Martin, SD 57551
Anpetu Luta Otipi Cost: Free (to South Dakotan Native Americans). Reach Anpetu Luta Otipi by phone at (605) 685-6400. Find Anpetu Luta Otipi on Facebook
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