Rural Providers’ Conference, an Alaska Native grassroots sobriety movement
The Rural Providers' Conference is a grassroots Alaska Native sobriety movement, which began 34 years ago. It started with a group of drug and alcohol counselors, therapists and traditional healers, who wanted to rededicate themselves to sobriety. They also opened their gathering to others in search of recovery – many who return to the conference each year to celebrate their sobriety.
The RPC moves to a new location every two years, typically two years on the road system and two years off. This August, it was held in Tanacross, an upper Tanana Valley community near Tok.
In this segment of Frontiers, “Grassroots Sobriety: Fighting Back,” a look how this gathering continues its work in breaking the cycle of addiction in Rural Alaska.