Tanana Chiefs Conference Alcohol Program is a substance abuse treatment program catering specifically to the Native American population in Fairbanks, Alaska. Clients of the program have access to all the resources the “Golden Heart City”—the largest in central Alaska—has to offer. The TCC inpatient treatment program has a strong foundation in Native culture and spiritual practices and views substance abuse as a symptom of lost traditions and ancestral values. While this program is tailored for native people, all are welcome.
Food and Accommodations
TCC inpatient program is housed at The Old Minto Family Recovery Camp, a remote location only accessible by boat or plane. With a focus on tradition and simple, healthy living, there is no electricity and no running water at the camp. Clients stay in cabins large enough for four people with kerosene lamps are used for light and wood stoves for heat. When not in treatment sessions, clients spend their time working on community-oriented responsibilities such as gathering firewood, hauling water and hunting or fishing for their meals.
Transportation is provided to and from the camp from Fairbanks, as are all meals, soap, work gloves, camp tools and insect repellent. In the interest of supporting the whole family, children and infants are welcome at the camp. However, parents must be sure to provide all child-care related supplies.
Treatment and Staff
The TCC program requires a minimum commitment of 35 days in treatment. The goal of the program is to provide an environment of healing and culture for those who have resorted to substance abuse as a means of coping, often due to the trauma from loss of Native tradition, culture and identity. By building a strong foundation with life skills and learning to live a healthy and sober life by incorporating traditional Native values, TCC hopes to provide a new start for their clients.
Group sessions occur twice a day and individual sessions are held once a day using CBT methodology. When clients are not in therapy they are performing daily chores common to Alaska Native communities to refresh those traditions as well as develop healthy living skills, autonomy and responsibility.
In addition to regular treatment group therapy, TCC also offers a Native Support Group every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm.
The Alaska Native-oriented inpatient treatment program at Tanana Chiefs Conference Alcohol Program requires a total commitment from potential clients. While this camp setting without electricity, running water or modern conveniences is sure to be too hard core for some, it is ideal for those wishing to remove themselves completely from the temptation to drink or use. Combining traditional Native cultural practices with evidence-based therapeutic methods, TCC’s approach to recovery from addiction offers a strong community of recovery and healing.
Tanana Chiefs Conference Alcohol Program
122 1st Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Tanana Chiefs Conference Alcohol Program Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Tanana Chiefs Conference Inc. Alcohol Program by phone at (907) 452-8251 or by email at [email protected] Find Tanana Chiefs Conference Alcohol Program on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+
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