Let Indigenous People Run Indigenous Addiction Treatment Programs: Advocates – Huffington Post

The City of Toronto is calling on province and feds to provide more funding Indigenous-led outreach in midst of opioid crisis.

Toronto — Sharon Reddick credits prayer and Indigenous teachings with saving her life.

Overwhelmed with the deep sorrow of losing her son Shawn Chestnut-Reddick in a 2014 shooting, Reddick withstood the urge to use the crack and cocaine she’d given up decades before. Instead she’d reach for her tobacco pouch and pray, or smudge with sage to clear her mind. She’d turn to Indigenous elders and traditions to help ground and guide herself.

“There was times when the (post-traumatic stress disorder) would kick in. I would see that casket. I would remember everything. I would take my tobacco and pray. I’d put my tobacco down and pray, and the PTSD would subside,” said Reddick, a 61-year-old Metis and black Canadian.

Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/26/indigenous-people-need-indigenous-addiction-treatment-programs-advocates_a_23678331/

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