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:

  1. Include culturally-based Wellbriety curriculum, including:
    1. The Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps course, materials and related counseling
    2. Mending Broken Hearts course, materials and related counseling
    3. Warrior Down/Recovery Coach course, materials and related counseling
    4. ‘The Red Road to Wellbriety: In the Native American Way’ and the supplementary workbook.
  2. Employ at least one individual of Native American ancestry;
  3. Provide individual counseling for clients;
  4. Provide access to a Native American Elder, who conducts ceremonies and provides teachings;
  5. Incorporate traditional Native American healing practices (smudging, pipe ceremony, sweat lodge, etc.);
  6. Establish aftercare plans by providing community referrals for continuous self-care; and,
  7. Ensure all counselors are trained in and incorporate culturally-based curriculum, including:
    1. Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps Programs
    2. Mending Broken Hearts
    3. Warrior Down/Recovery Coach course
    4. ‘The Red Road to Wellbriety: In the Native American Way’ study groups/circles.
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Journey to Recovery Center- AZ

The Journey to Recovery (JTR) program is an established program within the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) of Metropolitan Arizona. With an idea to ensure that all indigenous people have the best possible chance at substance abuse recovery and restoring a healthy way of living for the self, family and community.

The JTR Model consists of staff trained in a philosophy of Connection.Support.Love.Hope (JTR Motto) a concept we term as “Stickiness.” A way to engage patients in relationships that drive for best outcomes, by a two-eyed seeing (Marshall, 2004) approach to healing. An approach that embeds Western Philosophy with Tradition and Culture, or indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing.

As such, JTR focuses on rich relationships with our patients and our entire continuum of care that includes a robust service line of : Detox/Withdrawal Management, Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, Sober Living, Vocational Development and Medication Assisted Treatment. Each level of care is coupled with intensive family involvement and elements of tradition/culture.

The JTR Continuum of care last upwards 10-14 months, finalized with an opportunity to engage in a Peer Support Model Training program for the patient to become a healer/staff in the JTR program.

The JTR purpose ultimately is about Connecting, Healing and Inspiring patients by offering innovating and traditional treatment for our Indigenous Community.

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New Pathways –  OK


To provide support to the Native American population with treatment of alcoholism within in the Lawton service area.


Service Area

  •  Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Kiowa & Tillman Counties


  •  Free Services

 Eligibility Requirements

  •  Must be 18 years or older
  •  Provide proof of Indian blood
  •  Must have completed at least a 28-day inpatient residential treatment facility
  •  Must be willing and able to obtain employment

 Program Components

  •  Placement & Adjustment Period (Weeks 1-2)
  •  Sobriety Maintenance (Weeks 3-8
  •  Relapse Prevention (Weeks 9-12
  •  Extension may be given if Waiting List permits (Weeks 13-16)

Program Overview

New Pathways provides services to individuals who require a moderately-structured living arrangement free from substance abuse. The Applicant transitions directly from treatment. New Pathways is the intermediate step between treatment and independent living.

Program Objective

The main objective of New Pathways is to promote a high quality of care where Clients use their new recovery education to obtain employment, maintain their sobriety, save money and obtain housing before they complete their 90-day stay. All residents must attend Alcoholics Anonymous (or Narcotics Anonymous) each week and remain motivated to treatment.

Counseling Procedures

New Pathways implements the 12-Core Substance Abuse Functions for each Client during their stay. Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention (if needed); Education;; Referral(s); Recordkeeping & Reporting; and Consultation.

Services Provided

  • Immediate Shelter
  • Balanced Meals
  • Limited Van Transportation
  • Drug/Breathalyzer Testing
  • Job Search
  • Individual Counseling
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
  • Advocacy & Referrals
  •  Sober Activities
  •  Cultural Activities

 Alumni Activities

  •  Weekly Recovery Sweat Lodge
  •  Weekly Spirit Winds Alcoholics Anonymous
  •  Annual Alumni Reunion
  •  Annual Four Winds Talking Circle,
  •  Annual Spirit Walk (in conjunction with the Comanche Nation Fair)
  •  Annual All Nations Alcoholics Anonymous Rally
  •  Sobriety Events
  •  Various Recovery Activities


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Indiana Center for Recovery Mishawaka – South Bend: Comprehensive Addiction Treatment in Indiana

At Indiana Center for Recovery Mishawaka – South Bend, we provide individualized evidence-based addiction treatment in a safe and supportive environment. Our mission is to help individuals and families overcome the challenges of addiction and reclaim their lives.

Why Choose Us:
Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center: As a Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center, we integrate Native American teachings and cultural strengths into our programs, fostering deeper healing and connection for our clients.

Experienced Staff: Our caring professionals provide the expertise and support needed for successful recovery.

Comprehensive Programs: We offer detox, residential, and outpatient services, tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Holistic Approach: Our evidence-based therapies and alternative treatments address physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction and mental health.

Treatment Programs:
Detoxification: Safe and comfortable management of withdrawal symptoms.

Residential Treatment: A safe and supportive environment with round-the-clock care and counseling.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP): Structured treatment with the flexibility to live at home.

Outpatient Services: Comprehensive care for those with work or school commitments.

Aftercare Support: Resources and support to maintain lasting sobriety.

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Sanford Health-MN

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.

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

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Royal Life Centers-WA

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.

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Nat-su Healthcare-UT

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 -FL

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.

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Volunteers of America Northern Rockies-WY

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.

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New Directions for Women-CA 

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.

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Safe Harbour-AB

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.

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NARA Residential Treatment Center-OR

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