• Crazy Wise

    Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

  • Recovery Resource Library

    Learn more about the tools and information available.

    Recovery is a community opportunity.

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    Tens of millions of Indigenous peoples inhabited North America, and governed their complex societies, long before European governments sent explorers to seize lands and resources from the continent and its inhabitants. These foreign European governments interacted with tribal nations in diplomacy, commerce, culture, and war—acknowledging Indigenous systems of social, cultural, economic, and political governance. Tribal nations have remained as political powers from the colonial period until today—engaging in commerce, trade, cultural exchange, and inspiring the principles of freedom and democracy enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. As the United States formed a union, the founders acknowledged the sovereignty of tribal nations, alongside states, foreign nations, and the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. Tribal nations are part of the unique American family of governments, nations within a nation, as well as sovereign nations in the global community of nations. Access Information

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    Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

    Office of National Drug Control Policy U.S. Department of Agriculture October 2018

    Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. In May 2018, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) stood up a Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group to help address the opioid crisis by improving coordination of and reducing potential overlap among the Federal responses in the Nation’s rural communities. The IWG is co-chaired by ONDCP and USDA. This document is the first output, a guide to the resources that can help make a difference in your communities. Access Information

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    Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities

    The Rural Community Action Guide is a compilation of qualitative data collected from numerous community organizations, and data arranged by category.The guide aims to educate the public by providing an overview of the key challenges rural communities face when addressing the consequences of prescription opioid misuse and the use of illicit substances.It also showcases localized efforts implemented to help mitigate the impact of substance use disorder.The information provided herein should not be construed as the Federal Government’s official policy position on these issues nor does it serve as an endorsement of the varying local practices included as examples throughout the guide. Access Information

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    Paths to Personal Transformation & Collective Liberation

    Mad Maps are documents that we create for ourselves as reminders of our goals, what is important to us, our personal signs of struggle, and our strategies for self-determined well-being. Along the way we’ve learned that our communities are impacted by societal systems in different ways, and that these differences affect our mental health. Our guides approach important issues such as oppression and intergenerational trauma and invite you to join others in crafting solutions that help transform the health of our communities.

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    The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s expanded 52-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, withdrawal, detailed Resource section, information for people staying on their medications, and much more. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing.

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    Since it was first published in 2006, this guide has been downloaded off of our website more than 25,000 times, and been used to start local Icarus and Icarus affiliated groups all over the world. We thank all the dedicated and brilliant mad ones, the website members, writers, visionaries, artists, activists, organizers, healers, and other Icarus coconspirators who inspired this manual to exist. In particular, the ones who gave us feedback, ideas, critique, and praise for this new edition. Get in touch and tell us how you’ve been using it in your hometown or city and give us feedback on how we can make it e

  • 7 Steps to Systemic Change

    presented by Don Coyhis, White Bison

  • A Few Resources

    Call us RCoSD

    Recovery Communities of South Dakota




    CALL 911

    For individuals currently struggling to take the first steps to overcome utilizing mind-changers as a solution to addressing life's challenges, trauma and/or unresolved grief, here are some helpful resources to connect you to options close to you.

    We look forward to having you hearing from you and supporting your healing journey.

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    Help is Available . . .

    Call 211 - Helpline - community information and referral services


    List of AA Mtgs in South Dakota

    AREA 63 - AA SD





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    Adult Children of Alcoholics is an organization intended to provide a forum for individuals who desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. ACA membership has few formal requirements.

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    - only requirement is a desire to stop drinking

    Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

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    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people who share a common desire to develop functional and healthy relationships. The first CoDA meeting attended by 30 people was held October 22, 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona. Within four weeks there were 100 people and before the year was up there were 120 groups.


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    Secular Recovery

    LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed. Please click here for additional information.


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    We who are marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our thinking, and our desires center around marijuana—scoring it, dealing it, and finding ways to stay high.

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    Narcotics Anonymous describes itself as a "nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem". Narcotics Anonymous uses a traditional 12-step model that has been expanded and developed for people with varied substance abuse issues and is the second-largest 12-step organization.

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    National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

    SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-​day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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    Call 1-800-273-8255

    Available 24 hours everyday.


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    We lead public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

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    Treatment Center Locator

    The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is an online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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    Sensible Tools for Addiction Recovery

    SMART Recovery offers meetings in the United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Ireland and the UK as well as many other countries around the world. Find a meeting in your area, or attend our convenient online meetings.


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    Veterans Health Administration

    The aim of the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) program is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible, justice-involved Veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services, as clinically indicated. VJO specialists provide direct outreach, assessment and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails and liaison with local justice system partners.

    VA cannot provide legal services. For legal assistance, visit State Side Legal's help page or contact the nearest VJO specialist, who may know of community legal assistance resources.


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    “Advocating Native American Recovery and Wellness”

    The Wellbriety Movement is an interconnected web spreading across our Native Nations carrying the message of cultural knowledge about recovery for individuals, families and communities. The web is a live entity that was born out of the work that White Bison created after the Elders told about a healing time that has come.

  • Long-term Recovery

    Long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is real for over 20 million Americans and thousands more get well every year, benefiting individuals and their families, the communities in which we live, work and go to school. There are as many different paths to recovery as there are different people in recovery. Regardless of how people achieve recovery, they are the living proof that recovery happens and that there are real solutions to walking through the trauma and challenges that brought us to a place of using numbing solutions we found with alcohol and other drugs. Times have changed. Recovery is POSSIBLE!

    Building strong recovery community organizations

    Building strong recovery community organizations is one way to break feelings of isolation and shame, build strong relationships, and advocate for the solutions that we know work. Grassroots organizations develop recovery leaders, offer opportunities to express a collective voice and provide a forum for community service. Coming together to build a constituency of consequence means acting together to bring about positive changes in community life through public action.

    Recovery community organizations are

    Recovery community organizations are usually created by people in personal and/or family recovery in response to unmet needs in their communities. Often, they exist as voluntary advocacy and service organizations for some time before they have funding to support their activities on a more formal basis. They have learned that deliberate effort and regular adjustments to their plans and activities is required to strike a balance between building an organization that has the capacity to bring about real change and keeping an agenda focused on making a real difference in the lives of people in the recovery community.

    The recovery community works . . .

    We know that when the recovery community works together – organizes – we have the ability to improve all of our lives. As the recovery community has unified around key priorities – to gain needed resources, embrace all pathways to recovery, innovate and provide services, and to end discrimination against people in or seeking recovery, new institutions have developed across the country.

  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources

    During this time of challenges let's find ways to get connected and stay connected,

    me helping you, helps me!



    Statements regarding covid- 19

    Statement from Alcoholics Anonymous

    Statement from Al-Anon

    Statement from Heroin Anonymous

    Statement from Narcotics Anonymous

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    A Global Recovery Community

    Your recovery space when you can't meet face-to-face

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    Recovery Speakers recognizes our friends that work to help change lives. Many of our featured guests are professionals or advocates helping to fight addiction and mental health disorders. We hope you enjoy our “Featured Friends”.

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    Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club are now offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Recovery is a reality for over 22 million Americans with past substance use concerns, over 40 million in mental health recovery, and countless more millions across the globe. We truly believe that recovery is individual, dynamic, and ultimately, best directed by the individual with support from their community. With this philosophy in mind, Unity Recovery was founded to be an inclusive recovery community organization and drop-in center for everyone.

  • Online Recovery Resources

    Virtual Recovery Programs

    Alcoholics Anonymous: Offers online support http://aa-intergroup.org/

    Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support andserviceshttps://www.ca-online.org/

    LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online support https://www.lifering.org/online-meetings

    In The Rooms - Online Recovery Meetings: Provides online support through live meetings and discussion groups https://www.intherooms.com/home/

    Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support https://ma-online.org/

    Narcotics Anonymous: Offers a variety of online and skype meeting options https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/

    Reddit Recovery: Offers a virtual hang out and support during recovery https://www.reddit.com/r/REDDITORSINRECOVERY/

    Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support http://bit.ly/refugerecovery1

    Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chatroom and message board https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/

    SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery community https://www.soberocity.com/

    Sobergrid: Offers an online platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober https://www.sobergrid.com/

    Soberistas: Provides a women-only international online recovery community https://soberistas.com/

    Sober Recovery: Provides an online forum for those in recovery and their friends and family https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/

    We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/freeonline-support-meetings Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club: Providing daily virtual meeting for those in recovery and for their family members https://unityrecovery.org/digital-recoverymeetings



    The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide http://bit.ly/NAMIresource

    Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation contains online support meetings, blogs, mobile apps, social media groups, and movie suggestions, including the online support community,

    The Daily Pledge: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery /tools/daily-pledge and “Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguarding Your Addiction Recovery”: http://bit.ly/HBF-Tips

    Shatterproof: “How I’m Coping with COVID-19 andSocialIsolation asa Person in Long-Term Recovery”provides helpful suggestions http://bit.ly/shatterproof-coping

    The Chopra Center: “AnxiousAbout the Coronavirus?Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune System.” http://bit.ly/Chopra-calm



    Simple steps for 12 step groups using various virtual platforms for meetings: https://www.nyintergroup.org/remotemeeting-listing/help-setting-up-onlinemeetings/#zoom

    To host a meeting on zoom:

    1.Set up a free account here: https://zoom.us

    When you set up a free account, you can only host a meeting for 45 minutes.

    To host longer meetings, you need a paid account.

    2.Schedule a meeting https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362413-Schedulingmeetings

    3.Invite people to join a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362183-How-do-I-inviteothers-to-join-a-meeting

    4.Create a flyer to publicize meetings. This flyer is sent to group members via email and text, posted on self-help group’s District Website and posted on door of the physical site that is closed in an attempt to reach anyone who shows up for a meeting

  • Recovery South Dakota

    What are we Doing?

    Recovery Podcast

    Do you have a story of recovery to share with others?

    Are you looking for inspiration and would like to link with our podcast?

    Reach out - we would love to hear from you!

    Faces and Voices Forum

    We are planning to host the Faces and Voices of Recovery Forum beginning this summer - Stand By for more information - Would you like to support this?

    Let us know - click here!

    Happy Hour Fun Fridays

    We are working with a local business owner to open their establishment for Sober Friday Happy Hours - with Food - Fun- Music - Improve - and ???

    Interested - click here!

    Connecting with Correctional Institutions

    Warrior Down

    We are working with White Bison to bring Warrior Down to our relatives inside the steel bars of correctional institutions and to create circles of hope in our communities where they return. Join us to bring hope and restore opportunity.

    Interested - click here!

  • Identifying sources of Strength

    Illuminating Resiliency

    is at the heart of love healthy lives for our future generations.

    Being PART of the solution - is a priority for Recovery Communities of South Dakota.