MHA Nation opens Healing Hearts Lodge to help those in recovery

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Cianna Rabbithead knows firsthand the effects of addiction.

“I have family members that struggle with it, and I really wanted to get into this field to be able to help them,” Rabbithead said.

She’s the director at Bismarck’s newest recovery center, MHA Healing Hearts Lodge. The $7 million housing facility has 24 living areas, four spaces for women with children, a computer area for work or educational opportunities, a laundry room and a space to gather.

“It’s really driven by making sure our people in the mental and behavioral health world are really taken care of. That’s been a huge issue not only for our tribal nation but everyone around the world,” Rabbithead said.

According to the American Addiction Centers, the rate of substance use disorders among Native Americans is higher than the general population at 10 percent.

Women 18 and older in the MHA nation who have successfully completed a treatment program can apply to live at the facility for up to 18 months at no cost for the first three months.

“We want them to come from a treatment program directly to our program so there’s no real opportunity for a lapse,” Rabbithead said.

Rabbithead says many have wondered why it’s in Bismarck — more than two hours away from the Fort Berthold Reservation….”

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