Finding their inner light: mothers recover from addiction with support of Indigenous healing camp – CBC

Sep 08, 2021

Last year, 7 mothers completed the 30-day Indigenous treatment program

When women come to the healing on the land treatment camp, Lynn Tootoosis can see that, for many, their inner light has been dimmed.

The 30-day treatment camp is for Indigenous mothers struggling with meth and opioid addictions and whose children are in care.

“So how I explain it to them is we all come with a source of light in us, and trauma dims that light,” says Tootoosis, a cultural liaison and family support worker for Ahtahkakoop Child and Family Services Inc.

“Some of them come with embers, you know, charcoal just barely lit. So it’s challenging, but by the end of that 30 days, I always believe that that light can be brighter and that they will be inspired and encouraged to continue on with their journey.”

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