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12-Hour Family Recovery Program

St. Francis Mission has partnered with the Betty Ford Institute to provide educational programing to address the effects addiction has on the family. Because addiction is a family disease, without addressing the family dynamics of addiction, the addict suffers a high risk of relapse even after an intensive treatment program. In these recovery programs, participants learn about codependency and the various role types that exist in family structure. Role types can cause enabling conduct and play a significant role in strengthening addictions; they can also lead to addiction in other family members. Participants of the 12-hour Family Recovery Program learn how to set boundaries, control codependency issues, and learn communication skills so they can express their emotions and feelings in a healthy and constructive way.

The recovery program takes place every month at a different community on the Rosebud Reservation. The program is led by St. Francis Mission staff who have been certified by the Betty Ford Institute.

There have been hundreds of participants in the Family Recovery Program since it was introduced on the reservation in 2007. We have received a multitude of positive feedback from the participants and many go on to attend other follow-up services provided by St. Francis Mission, such as Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Some comments from participants:

“It was a very good and brought a lot of insight to my heart.”

“Wonderful, eye opening! Many thanks!”

It is our hope that our work together with the Betty Ford Institute can continue. To help support our programs click here. For more information call (605) 747-5547 or Email.

The next Family Recovery Workshop will begin on:

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center, St. Francis, SD
Cost to Attend: FREE

White River Recovery Center

St. Francis Mission employee, Jim Stands, is the director of the White River Recovery Center in the town of White River on the Rosebud Reservation. Jim helps to coordinate a multitude of support groups in recovery in the 12-step tradition.

Jim Stands notes that all the people on the Reservation are affected by the disease of addiction. It affects families in many generations from the great-grandchildren to the great grandparents, the individual, the family, the tiospaye (extended family), the community, and the oyate (the Nation).

White River Recovery Center Schedule
Monday: Narcotics Anonymous 8:00PM
Tuesday: A.A. 12:00 Noon, Gamblers Anonymous 8:00PM, Al-Anon 8:00PM
Wednesday: Out-Of-Towners “Open” AA meeting 8:00PM
Thursday: A.A. “Closed” 8:00PM
Friday: Schedule open for any 12-step meeting

To help support our programs click here. For more information call (605) 259-3365 or Email.

For more information on the September White River Recovery Retreat, click here


It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people… alcoholism is truly a family disease. Al-Anon is a support group that helps family members that are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict. Al-Anon members share their experiences with each other and offer support, strength, and hope as to how they can help each other. The Al-Anon group follows a twelve step model of recovery and meets every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM at the Icimani Ya Waste recovery center in St. Francis. To help support our programs click here. For more information call (605) 747-5547 or Email.

Al-Anon Flyer

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

A.A. is a twelve step model support group helping those with an alcohol addiction to find strength and support to help them stay sober. A.A. meets at 7:00 PM every Monday night at the Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Center in St. Francis. The group is affectionately known as “Monday Night Madness” because it can often help serve as a supportive place for those in recovery to come talk about some of the struggles they might have had over the weekend. The group started in 2007 with three members and has grown to around 15-20 participants on a consistent basis. One of the founding members of “Monday Night Madness” noted the importance of A.A.: “The need for education and awareness of alcohol abuse is great among the native people – we have so many alcohol related deaths, car accidents, violence, child abuse, and neglect. ‘Monday Night Madness’ provides an alcohol-free safe, social interaction for people who are trying to have a sober life.” To help support our programs click here. For more information call (605) 747-5547 or Email.

Weekly A.A. Schedule