BANGOR — A new recovery house in Bangor is helping indigenous people from across the state get on the path to recovery.
Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness is opened their first recovery house dedicated to indigenous men in the community. This recovery house is called The Opportunity House and supporters say it provides a safe and substance-free environment.
Interim Director of Health & Recovery, Lisa Sockabasin said, “this house is an opportunity for healing, what we know is there is not enough services for recovery for every person that wants it in the state.”
According to Lisa Sockabasin, the home will be open to seven indigenous residents and offer multiple services.
“Services that center Wabanaki culture and healing, center the things that we know make us well like our art like our music, our food, so we wanted to make sure we were creating home that build on our strengths and built on things that keep us well,” she said.
Erika Farnlof is the division manager for healing and recovery and said, “this is a place for tribal members to come heal with other tribal members, to be supported by tribal members and that is so incredibly important to the healing process.”
Newell Lewey is the Culture, Language, and Educator division manager and said “we are here, we are looking forward to helping our people. The Wabannaki’s here in Maine all of the tribes and all of the citizens and hoping we can do more this is a very very good start.”