Q. How long is your program?
A. The treatment program at NWTC is normally four to six months in length. If it appears a youth would benefit by staying in treatment longer this is discussed with the youth, their caregiver and case worker to decide if it would be beneficial.
Q. Who can attend the program?
A. Most clients are referred by a caseworker through Child and Family services, whether through a provincial office or Designated First Nation Authority. There have been cases of private referrals over the years and we are open to discuss these on an individual basis.
Q. Who pays for the program services?
A. The referring worker/agency are responsible to pay for treatment services. In the case of a private referral the caregiver of the youth would be responsible.
Q. Does NWTC only accept indigenous youth?
A. No, NWTC accepts any youth in need of healing in our treatment centres. Though our focus is on Aboriginal cultural and Traditional spirituality, we support and encourage youth to find their own path. All of our cultural / spiritual programming is optional and if a young person wants to explore other forms of spiritual expression they are supported to do so.
Q. Do you deal with mental health issues or just addictions?
A. Both, and all other aspects of a young person that may have led to substance abuse. It is our experience that rarely can mental health issues and addictions be completed separated in a person as there is a whole person in need of balance in all areas of their lives. So our focus is on helping youth regain their natural balance in life and often this indirectly addresses issues related to what is called ‘mental health issues’. What is referred to as mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety and PTSD, are not strictly ‘mental’ and rather are more often related to the physical/emotional/spiritual aspects of an individual.