Programs and Services
A Path Forward: Addictions and Mental Health Support
A Path Forward provides off-reserve Indigenous peoples in PEI an innovative approach to individual and group treatment recovery plans. It does so by creating land-based culturally sensitive activities that support and assist those who are looking to overcome problematic drug and substance use and/or abuse.
A Path Forward supports and educates using harm reduction strategies for off-reserve Indigenous peoples in PEI. This is to ensure group and personal safety, empowerment, and support. A Path Forward hosts education and awareness sessions on the needle exchange program, accessing and administering Naloxone, current trends in street drugs, as well as many other topics as requested by the group.
Individual treatment plans include understanding the importance of journal writing to help identify individual triggers, and the strategies that are available to be used to overcome these. Participating in group activities helps clients to increase self-awareness, self-image, and self-worth. A Path Forward looks into techniques used to reduce stress and help to avoid the negative behaviors leading to substance abuse. Participants of the program have access to weekly cultural healing activities in each of NCPEI’s three Zones.
Activities include hand drum making, smudging, attending sweat lodge ceremonies, as well as land-based healings such as medicine walks, meditation, canoeing, and many other ceremonial practices. Weekly Circles of Support are available for clients in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and are provided through an Indigenous viewpoint. The program also offers referrals to mental health and addiction counselling, case planning, follow up, and aftercare.