Wind River Community Forum Holds Substance Abuse Awareness Workshops
The Wind River Community Forum offers awareness workshops on issues related to drug addiction. Workshops include information about opioid abuse, human trafficking, and incorporating ceremonies into mental health treatment plans.
Sunny Goggles-Duran is the Program Director of White buffalo recovery. One of the healthcare providers the forum partners with is the Fremont County Prevention Program and Wind River Cares. She said the pandemic has increased the number of patients they see.
“With our youth, we have certainly seen a very large increase in mental health issues. As a program, at White Buffalo, we really saw a lot more substance use during this time. Social isolation is not very good for people with addiction issues,” she said.
Goggles-Duran said about 15 youth participants and about 60 community members and medical professionals attended breakout sessions.
Shoshana Miller is also with White Buffalo Recovery. It puts interested young people in touch with equipment and support for media production. She said it gives young people a platform to help others who may be struggling with addiction.
“To have more indigenous voices out there to share our story and not have someone come from outside the community and tell our story for us. So it’s pretty much a story by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people,” Miller said.