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The Female Population Hit Hard By Addiction Epidemic Nobody Is Talking About

We live in an age where millions of women are aware of “native” and “tribal” patterns that adorn the latest fashion trends for home, office, and clothing; an age where the narrative about cultural appropriation among young women at overpriced musical festivals or privileged outings into nature is common; an age where everything about the culture of Native American women is discussed but the very culture of being a Native American woman. This age, where #MeToo and #TimesUp is giving voice to those who experience sexual assault and trauma, must give voice to those who live in the outermost stretches of civilizations in reservations and refuges.

The 2017 movie Wind River starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen raised awareness about the plight of Native American women in some rural areas. Highlighting the undiscussed and unacknowledged number of young women who are raped, abducted, or go missing, the movie made an important point: there are populations of women who are suffering that we know little about. Worse, the less we know, the less we are able to help them.

According to a study released by the National Institute of Justice in 2016, as reported by The Crime Report, “…more than 84 percent of Alaska Native and American Indian women had experienced some form of violence in their lifetimes.” Some villages, the website reports, saw women experiencing sexual assault or domestic violence at 100% rate. Also reported:

  • 56 % of Alaska Native and American Indian women experienced sexual violence
  • 55 % of Alaska Native and American Indian women experienced “intimate partner violence”

Native American women face a long and violent history of being abused, raped, and silenced, while being offered little resource for coping, living, or healing. Substance abuse problems like drug addiction and alcoholism are common on reservations and among Native American populations. Attempting to deal with poverty, disenfranchisement, neglect, and the effects of trauma which can include the need for pain management for physical injury, leads many to abuse drugs like opioids. When Native American women seek treatment, they may have to drive multiple hours to find a resource, if they are lucky enough to have access to a vehicle or transportation.

Women deserve every opportunity at a clean, sober, healthy life. Villa Tranquil humbly offers the services of a transitional living home in Jupiter Farms, Florida, for women between the ages of 18-65 years old. Operated by clinicians, we are providing the comfort and security of a sober environment, our program also ensures the structure and clinical care needed for continued recovery. Call us today for information on our independently owned program: 214-799-3080