Wellbriety Certified Treatment Centers
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Substance Abuse Treatment Centers across the country have taken steps to become a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center. They have met specific criteria by utilizing principles, methods and resources from the Wellbriety approach within their programs. White Bison receives inquiries on a weekly basis for referrals to residential treatment services. We refer individuals and families to our Wellbriety Certified Treatment Centers to assist Native Americans/Alaska Natives in finding treatment by using culturally-based approaches. Each year White Bison reassesses Wellbriety Certified Treatment Centers to ensure all requirements are continuously being met. Read our requirements for certification here.
If your facility is interested in becoming a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center, please contact info@WhiteBison.org.
By sending clients to Wellbriety Certified Treatment Centers, it means that these centers are guaranteed to:
- Include culturally-based Wellbriety curriculum, including:
- The Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps course, materials and related counseling
- Mending Broken Hearts course, materials and related counseling
- Warrior Down/Recovery Coach course, materials and related counseling
- ‘The Red Road to Wellbriety: In the Native American Way’ and the supplementary workbook.
- Employ at least one individual of Native American ancestry;
- Provide individual counseling for clients;
- Provide access to a Native American Elder, who conducts ceremonies and provides teachings;
- Incorporate traditional Native American healing practices (smudging, pipe ceremony, sweat lodge, etc.);
- Establish aftercare plans by providing community referrals for continuous self-care; and,
- Ensure all counselors are trained in and incorporate culturally-based curriculum, including:
- Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps Programs
- Mending Broken Hearts
- Warrior Down/Recovery Coach course
- ‘The Red Road to Wellbriety: In the Native American Way’ study groups/circles.
Palo Verde Wellness – Palm Springs, CA
Holistically healing the body, mind, and spirit to achieve transformational sobriety.
Who We Are:
Palo Verde Wellness was founded by a Chickasaw Tribal Member who worked her way up from personal recovery to working on the executive teams at some of Southern California’s most successful addiction rehabilitation centers over the last decade. She created Palo Verde Wellness in order to bring the authenticity, cultural relevance, compassion, and whole human healing to addiction recovery that programs have historically overlooked. In partnership with her dedicated staff, she aims to help others heal and come back to their authentic whole selves and fullest expression, the same way she did.
What We Are:
Palo Verde Wellness is a holistic recovery center based in Palm Springs, California. Our core programs include: ● IOP [Intensive Outpatient]
● PHP [Partial Hospitalization Program]
● Sober Living Homes: Affordable mens and womens sober living homes with updated interiors, an outdoor pool at each home, with a common BBQ space where residents gather to create a sense of community during their stay with us.
How We are Unique: As a proud provider of White-Bison Wellbriety teachings, we offer culturally relevant programs to our American and Alaskan Native guests. We believe that each guest is unique and build customized treatment plans based on their needs and beliefs:
● Spiritual Exploration Groups
● Sound Baths
● Trauma informed Yoga
● Nutrition Classes
● CBT and DBT skills
● Refuge Recovery
● 12-step model
● Relationship & Communication Skills
● Anger Management
● Codependency Skills
New Life Wellness Arizona
New Day, New Choices, New Life
Our mission is to help our clients develop and achieve their goals by consistently providing the highest quality specialized behavioral health care services in a professional and compassionate manner. New Life Wellness Arizona (NLW AZ) has brought together a team of behavioral health professionals (doctors, nurse practitioners, licensed therapists, BHTs) throughout the state of Arizona to develop our programs. We believe in person-centered care and understand that many people avoid seeking treatment due to stigma and fear of change. We see you as a unique individual who can benefit from services in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment. No matter which program you are involved in at NLW AZ (Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Residential, Reentry, telehealth), you will be treated with dignity and respect. After all, we are people helping people. Our friendly staff of professionals and peers work with you in overcoming addiction, improving your mental and emotional health, and finding your purpose. This is accomplished through processing, learning, and exploring your hopes, dreams, and strengths to build a new roadmap for your life by engaging in our curriculums from White Bison’s Wellbriety Movement, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA), Hazelden, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). Groups that NLW AZ offers include The Medicine Wheel and the 12 Steps, Mending Broken Hearts (trauma focused), Warrior Down, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Strengthening Relationships, Relapse Prevention, Living in Balance, Substance Abuse, Spiritual Wellness, Music Therapy, Yoga, Equine Therapy, Art Therapy (acrylic pouring), and Sacred Ceremonies (sweat lodges, talking circles). In addition, NLW AZ partners with Smart Schools and Grad Solutions to provide tuition assistance to individuals seeking to earn their high school diploma. Every day brings new choices and new opportunities for growth. As we provide and teach you new life skills, you will gain better insight so you can start changing the behaviors that are sabotaging you and start feeling more fulfilled and rewarded. Wherever you are located in Arizona, we have a program waiting for you. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the success you deserve!
The Recovery Team
The Recovery Team—located in Delray Beach, Florida—was founded on the belief that anyone can recover from mental illness and addiction through science and compassion. Leveraging the latest treatment technology with a personal commitment to each individual, The Recovery Team aims to bring total wellness to each patient according to their unique needs and identity.
The Recovery Team brings health beyond the usual bounds to access, giving our most vulnerable, at-risk populations innovative programs designed for their needs. Needful communities like veterans, the LGBT, and indigenous peoples can finally find a healthy home at The Recovery Team’s campuses. To serve each segment with superior results, our facility uses the latest therapies grounded in cutting-edge literature and evidence in the discipline of addiction medicine.
Across Detox, Residential, and Alumni programs—our treatments include noninvasive TMS stimulation, virtual reality, and proven techniques like peer support, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and more. Through every program and for each individual, we strive to live our values of collaboration, integrity, and excellence to inspire purpose in patient’s lives.
As a Wellbriety Certified provider, The Recovery Team demonstrates its cultural competence and continues our mission for inclusive recovery by tailoring treatment to American and Alaskan Natives. Our Wellbriety Program includes access to ceremonies, drum circle activities, and a custom course of care informed by The Red Road to Wellbriety workbook.
Sanford Bemidji’s substance use disorder program offers Native American culturally aligned services and resources to support individuals seeking long-term recovery from substance use. The program aims for counselors to work as a team to provide individual, group-licensed alcohol and drug counseling services, individual, group and community-based treatment coordination services and individual and community outreach-based peer recovery services. All services integrate Native American cultural teachings, ceremonies and language to encourage Mino-bimaadiziwin “leading a good life”. Currently available to assist adult’s ages 18+ going through substance use, the Bemidji program plans to add adolescent services for ages 12-17 in spring of 2023.
With questions regarding the Wellbriety program, please call 218-333-2006.
About Sanford Health Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News
Creating Hope AZ
Located in Arizona’s Phoenix Metropolitan area, (with a new location opening Pinetop, AZ by December of 2022) Creating Hope AZ provides addiction recovery services to individuals of Native American/Alaskan Native descent. Our goal is to provide our clients long-term individualized treatment with structured supportive housing. Creating Hope AZ currently offers treatment to adult males & females, as well as mothers with children, and fathers with their children. Our programming delivers a recovery experience rooted in tradition and evidenced-based treatment. Creating Hope AZ provides a setting where individuals can find the security to explore the roots of their addiction and the strength to discover the greater destiny that lies beyond. The holistic therapeutic methods offered at Creating Hope Healing Centers help our clients regain self-empowerment, improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health while implementing positive changes in their lives.
Creating Hope AZ is committed to providing services to our clients the entirety of their journey. Once our clients have built a solid foundation of recovery, we offer a continuation of therapeutic services. Our step-down services ensure accountability of our clients in their sobriety, while offering support & independence as they reintegrate themselves as productive members in their communities.
Creating Hope AZ currently accepts American Indian Health Plan (AIHP) through Arizona’s Medicaid program AHCCCS, as well as tribal and self-pay.
For more information call Creating Hope AZ anytime at:
855-595-HOPE(4673) or visit us at: www.creatinghopeaz.com
JourneyPure Emerald Coast is excited to announce we are a proud facilitator of the Wellbriety Movement. The Wellbriety Movement is a program and fellowship dedicated to providing healing and recovery from addiction for indigenous peoples based upon their own cultural principles. Simply put, Wellbriety means to be both sober and well. The focus is on whole person wellness by working on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual balance.
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West Coast Recovery Centers
West Coast Recovery Centers (WCRC) is located in the Southern California coastal city of Oceanside blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 2012, WCRC was built on the vision that all treatment is a transparent and individualized path to lasting, self-determined recovery, and it has become our mission to inspire and empower change through innovative, traditional, and non-traditional methods of treatment.
We are a co-occuring substance abuse and mental health outpatient treatment facility offering Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. At all levels of care individuals have access to weekly therapy sessions, case management services, and telehealth medical providers.
As a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center, WCRC has partnered with the Native American communities of the San Diego area offering culturally centered activities such as Inipi Ceremony or Sweat lodge, connection to local cultural activities such as Pow Wow, and also hosts an in-person Wellbriety meeting weekly. West Coast clinical staff are certified in Wellbriety modalities such as Mending Broken Hearts, Warrior Down, and 12 Steps and the Medicine Wheel. Wellbriety groups are run weekly supported by Native American counselors with Native Peer Support Specialists available at the clinic and sober living environments.
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Royal Life Centers
Royal’s Native American Program (NAP), Thiwáhe, provides our guests the opportunity to reconnect to tribal teachings and ancestral knowledge, helping them to cultivate a fulfilling, sober lifestyle. The native word thiwáhe translates to both “family” and “everything”. It is representative of the ancestral connection to the guiding principles to lead a spiritual way of life. Our Native American Program integrates culture with therapeutic activities that help to bring our guests back to a connected state of mind and spirit. Activities like drum making and beading and ceremonies that incorporate ancestral practices such as the sacred pipe and sweat lodges give our guests the tradition they’ve been missing and the comfort of their native culture.
Our current ceremonial offerings:
• Hunkapi Wa Ki Kaga “Making of Relative” Ceremony
• Wasigila Wa Ki Kaga “Wiping of Tears” Ceremony
• Inikagapi Wa Ki Kaga “Making of New Life and Breath” Ceremony
• Yuwipi Wa Ki Kaga “To Tie Him” Ceremony
• Canupa Wa Ki Kaga “Sacred Pipe” Ceremony
Through our Native American program, Royal Life Centers’ Thiawe provides cultural-based courses for holistic healing to tribal members who are seeking recovery from drugs or alcohol and a reconnection to their roots. We are committed to ensuring that both our tribal and non-tribal guests heal from addiction and restore life’s natural order during our culturally competent treatment program.
We offer a full continuum of care for drug and alcohol use disorder rehabilitation across our eight treatment facilities including:
• Medical Detox
• Residential Inpatient
• Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
• Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
• Outpatient (OP)
Our award-winning substance use disorder treatment programs can be found within our multi-accreditated facilities located in:
• Spokane, Washington
• Mead, Washington
• Lacey, Washington
• Sumner, Washington
• Prescott, Arizona
“Because We Care,” Royal Life Centers provides guests with an unparalleled and transformative treatment experience. We have merged premier facilities across the United States to provide our guests with unrivaled treatment at every level of care.
Click here to learn more about Royal’s Native American Program (NAP), Thiwáhe.
Harmony Road Recovery
Harmony Road Recovery’s Native American program was created to assist those in need of substance abuse and mental health recovery by offering a quaint and engaged atmosphere. Harmony Road Recovery is a boutique and personalized 6 bed program attended to by 4 professional staff members which gives our clients the best possible avenue to connect with our service providers on an almost one to one basis. One of the most important elements of our program is that it was created by our Native American staff who have multiple years of experience in behavioral health. Our team is led by Adan Monreal, CAC who has over 19 years of counseling experience. In addition to Adan, we have Gene Kazhe and Millie Kazhe, BLS, who is ACLS and PALS certified.
Another important aspect of Harmony Road’s program is our independent mental health component. Our mental health program is guided by our full-time psych nurse practitioner, LaTara Taylor.
Our approach to treatment is holistic, combining the treatment of mind, body, and spirit, therefore we also offer an on-site sweat lodge, daily recreational activities and medical wellness educational classes each week. When you realize that you need to get help overcoming alcohol or drug addiction, you want a place that envelops you with the utmost care, support and comfort. At Harmony Road Recovery’s treatment center for substance abuse and mental health you have a space that takes you away from the overwhelming details of daily life. Let the serene and tranquil atmosphere in El Paso Texas inspire change within yourself. Our talented and focused staff will help bring much needed structure to your life. You will finally find peace as you embark on a lifetime of recovery.
We look forward to serving those seeking help and are available 7 days a week to answer any questions.
Contact person: Laura Armendariz Mendoza 5741 Belding Dr. Suite B El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 694-7280
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Founded in 2013, Embark Recovery is an all-male substance abuse treatment facility located in one of Arizona’s most beautiful and historic destinations, Prescott, Arizona. Embark Recovery is honored to be a Wellbriety Accredited treatment center allowing our team to better serve our Native American Members. Our program offers culturally sensitive care and uses an effective, evidenced-based treatment approach.
We have multiple modalities for treatment including:
- Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
- Outpatient (OP)
- Individual Therapy
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Outdoor Therapy
- Wellbriety Approach
Embark’s Wellbriety Program provides access to a sweat lodge, beads, sage, Drum Circles, Medicine Wheel & 12 Steps, and The Red Road to Wellbriety workbook.
The experienced team at Embark will work to create a customized, individual treatment plan that fits your needs. Embark is typically a 30–120-day program offering outdoor adventures and group activities. While at Embark, you will develop your independence by practicing skills learned during group sessions in a practical, real-world setting. The program is designed in phases allowing you to build more confidence as you progress. Our dedicated case management team will assist with any coordination of care needs which can include communication with family, medical needs, legal involvement, and accessing outside services.
Sunrise Native Recovery
It is an honor to be a part of the White Bison Organization and join these other certified companies. Together, we will create a healing forest that will inspire generations of native communities to reach their full potential and thrive.
Alone, Sunrise Native Recovery will empower our patients to maintain excellent health and wellness through evidence-based substance abuse treatment, community healing, elder teachings, and spiritual guidance.
Alone, Sunrise is dedicated to building healthier Native American communities and strengthening families through the healing of individuals struggling with substance abuse, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.
But we are no longer alone. Together we will respect and uphold the genuine foundation of the Wellbriety Movement. Together, we will unite under the White Bison umbrella and collaborate on addressing the needs of our people from all tribes. Most importantly, we will remain teachable and listen to the tribal Elders as they are the voice of their people. Together, we will be of service.
To learn more about Sunrise Native Recovery, explore our website here.
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Natsu Behavioral Health encompasses both Warrior Spirit/Warrior Heart as a whole person recovery model. Using the wisdom of the American Indian medicine wheel, the power of the 12 steps, and the science of evidence-based practices, Warrior Spirit/Warrior Heart walks with and supports your individual journey to recovery. Understanding the needs of each person with compassion and expertise, Warrior Spirit/Warrior Heart provides the safety to explore hurts, the tools to manage what life gives, the support needed to try and succeed, and the fellowship to find community and like-minded recovery folks.
Please join with us in the journey to better health and living. It is not for those looking for easy fixes but for the brave and determined.
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7 Summit Pathways
The 7 Summit Pathways Wellbriety program is an Indigenous-led, Native American culturally-based recovery program developed around traditionally-appropriate sacred teachings.
These personalized and trauma-specific healing teachings will include sweat lodges, pipe and fire ceremonies, and talking circles.
As a Wellbriety certified treatment center, we incorporate the 12 steps of recovery into traditional medicine wheel teachings and practices. Click here to learn more.
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is committed to offering Native American Cultural Enhancement Program (NACEP) as an adjunct to Primary 12-Step Treatment within gender specific treatment programs. NACEP is a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Program at both The Life House and The Gathering Place and is open to anyone who is interested in committing to and participating in the program.
We currently offer at both The Life House (Men’s Facility) and The Gathering Place (Women’s Facility) a high intensity, long-term, medically monitored co-occurring residential treatment program (ASAM 3.5). The NACEP is offered to residents as an enhancement to their residential treatment program. The NACEP is intended to teach those struggling with alcohol, drugs or gambling addiction(s) to integrate the teaching from NACEP to get clean and sober.
The curriculum includes Process Group, Mending Broken Hearts, Grief/Trauma, Cultural Traditions, Red Road to Wellbriety Book Study, Therapeutic Sweat Lodge, and tribal events, as well as regular in-house and outside AA/NA/Self-help group meetings. In addition, there is an opportunity to participate in Morning and Evening prayer, Spiritual Reflection, and Smudging. Groups include lectures, open discussion, guest speakers, and presentation of homework that is shared in a supportive and caring environment.
The goal is to successfully reintegrate residents back into their rural community while maintaining a strong, sober recovery process and working toward sharing the message of the program in their home communities. To reach this goal, the program focuses on teaching, introducing, or reintroducing the importance of tribal spirituality and culture to live in harmony with traditions.
New Directions for Women
Offering personalized and trauma-specific support for Native American women with substance use disorders. The staff at New Directions for Women have received training in the various philosophes of Native American societies and ensure that their knowledge is updated regularly.
Women of all ages, pregnant women in any trimester, and women with their dependent children can receive services at New Directions for Women.
This facility was founded as a non-profit organization in 1977 and is located in Costa Mesa, California. Learn more about New Directions for Women.
Serving Central Alberta since 2002, the Safe Harbour Society provides our community’s adult frontline services in the form of:
- Emergency Intox Shelter services
- Medically Supported Detox program
- Indigenous Elder Support and Wellbriety program
- Housing Assessment
- Outreach Services
In 2007 Safe Harbour society began offering an Indigenous Cultural Support program into our services. We initially offered Elder support and counselling but over the years the Many Healing Blankets has grown into a tremendous collaborative indigenous service throughout the community. The program’s reach extends to penitentiaries, remand, our indigenous agencies in the community, the nearby reserves in Central Alberta, the hospital, opening prayers in City events and our annual Spring feast that we have held for the past 12 years.
Sweat lodges, pipe and fire ceremonies and talking circles lend their healing gifts to many in our community. The drum calls out and the people come. As a “white” organization providing an Indigenous program we have built a strong bridge with our brothers and sisters in indigenous agencies that supports a collaborative community response to the need.
We are very excited to formalize our Wellbriety program with our recent White Bison Wellbriety Certification. To be the first Wellbriety program certified in Canada is a tremendous honour for us and we look forward to travelling together in our partnership. Click here to learn more.
NARA Residential Treatment Center
The mission of NARA is to provide education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and anyone in need.
Our purpose is to achieve the highest level of physical, mental and spiritual well being for American Indians and Alaska Native people.
Founded in 1970 in Portland, Oregon, the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. is an Indian- owned, Indian-operated, non-profit agency. Originally an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, NARA now operates a residential family treatment center, an outpatient treatment center, a child and family services center, a primary health care clinic, several adult mental health locations, a wellness center, and transitional housing for Native women and children. All services are centered on the family as it is NARA’s philosophy that, without the family circle there will be no future.
Traditional Indian culture and spirituality have always been an integral part of NARA’s services. In recognition of our service to American Indian and Alaska Natives, NARA has been honored with a sacred pipe, a totem pole, sacred fire circle, and a drum. The pipe and drum continue to be used in our sacred ceremonies; the totem pole stands at the entrance of our residential facility. It is our philosophy to honor and support the emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health of our Indian people. Click here to learn more