National Native Alcohol & Drug Addiction Program (NNADAP)
What is it?
The National Native Alcohol & Drug Addiction Program (NNADAP) offers services and activities that aim to support individuals dealing with substance abuse, as well as to reduce and prevent alcohol and drug addiction in Eeyou Istchee.
NNADAP workers help individuals and families that may be struggling with substance use by establishing and running education, awareness and prevention initiatives.
They also collaborate with regional and local partners to reduce substance abuse and dependencies, and thereby contribute to the well-being of Cree individuals, families, and communities.
It is a safe place to seek help.
Who is it for?
Prevention activities are aimed primarily at youth but are also appropriate for the general population. Anyone dealing directly or indirectly with an alcohol or drug abuse is welcome to reach out to their local NNADAP worker for support.
Where is it offered?
NNADAP services are offered through your local CMC but the NNADAP worker may host activities that take place at facilities throughout the community.
What is it like?
NNADAP workers are here to support you. They can help individuals struggling with addictions in various ways:
- Help them find a detox or a treatment center.
- Offer prevention, intervention and aftercare activities that are suited for the individual.
Prevention activities include:
- Public awareness campaigns
- Developing content for schools on alcohol and drug abuse
- Participation in school programs and cultural events
- NNADAP workers often assist the community with workshops and events that support the wellbeing of the individual and the community
Intervention activities may include:
- Recreation activities for youth
- Discussion groups
- Appropriate spiritual and cultural programs
Aftercare activities may include:
- Crisis intervention
- Counselling services
- Sharing circles and support groups
- Support visits and referrals to other services, including detox and medical treatments, social services, and band services
Services may vary in each community.
How long does it last?
Individual activities are determined on a case by case basis with your local NNADAP worker. Your participation in NNADAP activities lasts as long as you may need their services and support.
How can I get this service?
Multiple options are available to access the services:
- Visit your local NNADAP worker directly in his/her office at the clinic
- Contact your local CMC
- Your local doctors, nurses or community workers can also help you access NNADAP services
- Contact the Wiichihiiwaauwin Helpline. The helpline workers can help you connect with NNADAP workers in your community
Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline
Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about NNADAP services and activities in your community, you can contact your local CMC.
If you, a friend or a family member is seeking help regarding alcohol or drug addiction, know that you are not alone. The CBHSSJB NNADAP workers are here to support you in your sobriety journey.
Corinna Coonishish, NNADAP worker in Mistissini, bravely and generously shares her experience with dealing with substance abuse. Listen to the inspirational story of her sobriety journey and what message she has to share with anyone struggling with addiction.
Richard Mianscum, business owner in Mistissini, bravely and generously shares his experience with dealing with substance abuse.
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