Residents ‘ecstatic’ with 6 new recovery beds to open in Alkali Lake, B.C. – CBC

Joint partnership will help people dealing with addiction in the Chilcotin

December 19, 2017

The opening of six new Aboriginal recovery beds in Alkali Lake, B.C., is a dream come true for addictions counsellor Ken Johnson. He’s been working for the Esk’etemc First Nation health department for more than 25 years.

“A lot of people were just ecstatic because … some of our people here are still struggling in the community with their recovery,” he said.

Around 50 people were at Monday’s grand opening of the recovery beds in the new Alkali Lake Wellness Centre. They are a joint partnership funded by Interior Health, the Esk’etemc First Nation and the First Nations Health Authority.

“There’s a very high need,” said Interior Health’s administrator of quality practice and substance use services Rae Samson.

“They fill a very important need… we recognize that we need to have culturally appropriate resources resources available for Aboriginal clients,” she said.

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