Alcohol addiction: Everyone in Alaska knows it’s a huge problem in our state, but not necessarily how to fix it.
The answers for Alaska Natives may be in their own culture. That’s the message of Doug and Amy Modig, longtime leaders in a grassroots recovery movement called the Rural Providers’ Conference, an annual gathering that moves to a new community every two years, bringing hope to those who struggle with addictions.
Doug is a Tsimshian from Ketchikan, recognized statewide as a Native sobriety leader. He has worked professionally in the treatment field for 40 years. He is also a national trainer in the wellness and drug court movement.
Amy is a Deg Hit’an Athabascan. Her roots are in Shageluk and Grayling. She was adopted and raised in Tanacross. In recent years, she has worked for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program in tobacco prevention.
In this Frontiers Web Extra interview, the Modigs share their own inspiring story about their struggles with drugs and alcohol, and go into more depth about how Native culture and traditions can be powerful tools in fighting addiction and dealing with the social problems it causes.