Ch’Wala Youth Recovery Services program provides treatment for young people facing substance-related disorders (Ch’Wala is Dena’ina for “branch”). The program is individualized and builds on the belief that every person has the desire and capacity for growth and change.
Ch’Wala offers substance-use assessments for participants ages 13 and older and outpatient treatment and case management for participants ages 16-25. During our 16-week outpatient treatment program, individuals experience motivational counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and peer support services.
The program provides recovery skills, family night groups, and group therapy opportunities focused on relapse prevention. Participants are provided with individual substance-use counseling and have access to a variety of additional resources, including tobacco cessation counseling, coordinated services involving the Anchorage School District Division of Juvenile Justice, referral to medical and mental health providers, and case management services.
Ch’Wala uses our transitional case management program Transition to Independence Process (TIP) which provides strengths-based support through housing, career, and educational support, driver’s education referrals, and mentoring. TIP services are available in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley.
Youth services are open to adolescents of all racial and ethnic backgrounds; however, it is culturally reflective for Alaska Native/American Indian participants.