Resources by Disease Topic – Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency

Reports and Websites

American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Briefing Book
Indian Health Service

This book serves as a reference for the American Indian and Alaska Native Strategic Plans on Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention. Topics covered include background information on behavioral health conditions, financing and resources as well as IHS area profiles and program spotlights.

IHS Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts website
Indian Health Service

The IHS Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts (BP/PP/LE) website provides access to a database of evidence-based (best) and promising practices along with local efforts to highlight excellent work being done in communities.

One Sky Center
The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

The One Sky Center provides training, technical assistance, products and a searchable database in an effort to promote culturally appropriate prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders in AI/AN communities.

SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

NREPP is an online database of over 320 interventions for substance abuse and mental health.

SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Tribal TTAC provides training and technical assistance services for tribes and other AI/AN communities in topics like substance use disorders and mental health. Using a holistic approach to promoting wellness, Tribal TTAC offers assistance in infrastructure development, capacity building, and program planning and implementation.


Training and Tools

Working with Youth and Suicide in a Substance Abuse Setting
This presentation covers background information and statistics about suicide among Alaska Native adolescents and discusses prevention approaches that incorporate AI/AN values.
Nokomis Endaad: Successful Urban/Tribal Partnership in Co‐Occurring Disorder Treatment for Native Women
This presentation highlights the importance of collaborative partnerships between tribal and urban Indian organizations to benefit all Indian people, regardless of where they reside. Specifically, the partnership between the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center centered on providing the Nokomis Endaad program in order to increase access to chemical dependency treatment and mental health therapy for American Indians residing in the Minneapolis metro area. Nokomis Endaad is a culturally based outpatient program for Native women who face chemical dependency, mental health issues, sexual trauma, and culturally co-occurring disorders such as loss of culture, identity, grief, and shame.

American Indian/Alaska native/Native Hawaiian Resource Kit: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This resource kit was developed to help AI/AN communities understand and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD); it includes brochures, factsheets, posters, and a list of resources for Native communities.

Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)
United Indian Health Services

GONA is a program that has been adapted by hundreds of organizations across the country. Through storytelling, affirmation and ritual, the GONA process reflects the Native concept of the four levels of human development and responsibility, providing a structure for community gatherings addressing substance abuse.

Screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) model
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SBIRT is an evidence-based screening protocol for illicit drug and alcohol use recommended by SAMHSA.

Wellbriety Movement (White Bison)
White Bison, Inc.

Based on the teachings of Native elders, the White Bison organization and Wellbriety Movement includes a variety of holistic treatment programming for AI/ANs struggling with substance abuse. Since 1988, White Bison has provided resources about preventing addictions, recovery, sobriety and wellness tailored for AI/AN people. The term Wellbriety conveys both sobriety and wellness.


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