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Addiction Treatment Center Will Open Next Year
A forthcoming addiction treatment center will allow Spirit Lake Indian tribe members to receive holistic treatment that also incorporates cultural aspects.
A former group home is being renovated to house the center with its 15 beds. Construction is expected to be completed within seven months. The Cankdeska Cikana Community College and the Spirit Lake Recovery and Wellness Center are working on programming that will emphasize cultural aspects as part of holistic addiction treatment.
There are only four other substance abuse treatment providers within a 50-mile radius of the reservation, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's treatment locator.
Around the U.S., American Indians (AI) and Alaskan Native (AN) tribes are calling for more treatment resources. In March, Congress allocated $50 million of the 2018 federal budget to increase access to treatment.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 77 drug overdose deaths occurred in North Dakota during 2016. Of those overdose deaths, more than 50 were caused by opioids, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported.