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Treatment program focuses on Arapaho culture


Patients at a treatment center on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming focus on Northern Arapaho culture to get the help they need.

The White Buffalo Recovery Center runs a program called the Matrix. Patients learn about the source of their addictions, with the help of family and cultural activities.

"Each tribe, each Indigenous nation in the U.S., has been through this traumatic history," Clarence Thomas, a substance abuse counselor and methamphetamine prevention coordinator told The Casper Star-Tribune. "That brings a generational issue of anger and hate and depression that goes a long way.

Franklin Oldman, 29, is in the final stages of the program. He said it helped him understand why he turned to alcohol.

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