Located in Dowagiac, Michigan, the Pokagon Band Behavioral Health Services offers substance abuse treatment in an outpatient setting. Treatment is accredited through CARF and designed to be culturally sensitive and individualized to each client’s experience. Traditional and alternative therapies are provided to help clients have a unique treatment experience.
Located in the community of Cass County, Dowagiac gets its name from the Potawatomi term for “fishing water” and is centered between four townships—Wayne, LaGrange, Pokagon and Silver Creek.
Treatment and Staff
Outpatient treatment at Pokagon is structured to identify the specific issues Native Americans face. Treatment services include special therapy practices and services that incorporate Tribal beliefs and customs. Prior to admission, all clients are evaluated bio-psycho-socially to assess the level of care needed. If a client is diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, they are referred for dual diagnosis support at an outside facility. Pokagon does not offer detox services but offers referrals to trusted community resources.
Pokagon treatment incorporates individual therapy, group therapy and family programs. Clients usually attend one individual session and up to five groups per week. Treatment practices are based on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) models to identify the deep rooted causes of addiction. Treatment techniques include a combination of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and DBT as well as alternative therapies such as narrative therapy and play therapy for the children of clients. All sessions are led by LPCs. Groups focus on psychoeducation and relapse prevention. The facility is open from 7 am to 5 pm to accommodates schedules and work commitments.
Pokagon specifically treats Native American populations, therefore “Red Road” meetings—12-step meetings that are sensitive towards Tribal beliefs and incorporate culturally sensitive topics—are integral to treatment. Clients must attend these and AA/NA meetings up to three times per week and must have a card signed to prove attendance. Getting a sponsor and working the steps is recommended for all clients. Affirmation of Tribal beliefs is encouraged through traditional cultural practices and the involvement of clients in local community events.
Clients at Pokagon benefit from alternative treatment methods offered including Auricular acupuncture—a form of addiction-specific treatment that focuses on points on and around the ear. Massage therapy is also offered through a certified on-site masseuse.
Health and mental care for children and infants are available through the family programming. Family groups typically occur once per week and are also conducted individually with the client’s therapist.
The Pokagon outpatient facility offers treatment tailored specifically for Native American concerns and needs. Facilitated through the Potawatami area Tribe services, mental health professionals provide traditional and alternative therapies to treat addiction. Clients benefit from individual, group and family therapy as well as massage and acupuncture treatment. The staff and facilities offer a safe space for clients to begin their journey into recovery while connecting to their ancestral roots.
Pokagon Band Behavioral Health Services
Rodgers Lake Campus
58620 Sink Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Pokagon Band Behavioral Health Services Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach Pokagon Band Behavioral Health Services by phone at (800) 517-0777. Find Pokagon Band Behavioral Health Services on Facebook and Twitter
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