Story last updated at 5/16/2012 - 12:09 pm
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division will host a 100th course celebration on Friday, May 25, for the Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center adult residential substance abuse treatment program in Sitka.
The celebration is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, 200 Katlian St., in Sitka. This event will feature guest speakers, a dinner with several traditional Native foods, dancers and drumming, and a slideshow on the program's history and the lives it has impacted.
The Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center hosts six 40-45 day sessions each year, usually in tandem with its companion Déilee Hít Safe Harbor House program for women (which is on its 63rd course). The program uses a variety of treatment methods to help Alaska Native/American Indian adults overcome their addictions to alcohol and drugs. Over the years, the program has helped more than 1,000 clients get fresh starts on their lives.
SEARHC has had a drug and alcohol treatment program since 1978, when it was an outpatient program housed at S'áxt' Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. But in 1996 the program moved out of the hospital and completely reorganized it into a 40-45 day residential treatment program. The program is named for longtime SEARHC alcohol treatment program manager Bill Brady, whose Tlingít name was Gunaanastí (which means "Wanderer in a Strange Land"). He managed the program until he retired in 1989, and he passed away in 1995.
For more information, call 966-8360 in Sitka or 1-800-770-8455 (toll-free), or go to http://searhc.org/behavioral_health/bbhc.php.