Integrative Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Among American Indians

The criminal justice system is a significant provider of behavioral health services to American Indians, but the services are usually culturally inappropriate and geographically distant. Relapse results in blaming and shaming the defendant. Supplementing traditional 12-step, Wellbriety, and cognitive behavioral therapy with medically-assisted treatment (MAT), acudetox (auricular acupuncture), and traditional Native American cultural practices and therapies increases the likelihood of recovery. Trauma awareness by Federal, State and Tribal court judges and the engagement of treatment providers is key. The presenters will engage the workshop participants to discuss any local efforts that have been instituted as well as next steps that would help increase access to treatment modalities such as MAT, acudetox and traditional healing.