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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Volunteers of America Northern Rockies 

Offering services specifically designed for Native Americans through their Native American Cultural Enhancement Program (NACEP). The NACEP is intended to teach those struggling with alcohol, drugs or gambling addiction(s) to integrate the teachings from NACEP to get clean and sober.

This Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center is located in Sheridan, Wyoming. To learn more about the NACEP program at Volunteers of American Northern Rockies, please click here.

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Northern Cheyenne Recovery Center 

Specializing in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse for Native Americans.

This center incorporates cultural treatment components in their outpatient, inpatient and continuing care programs. This Wellbriety Certified Treatment Center is located in Lame Deer, Montana.

To learn more about the Northern Cheyenne Recovery Center, click here.

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Warrior Spirit

Warrior Spirit for Men:

Warrior Spirit is a comprehensive treatment experience for those battling misuse of drugs and alcohol. Created to address problems that men have with substances, Warrior Spirit deals with the whole person: body, mind, soul, and relationships!

Warrior Heart for Women:

Warrior Spirit is a comprehensive treatment experience for those battling misuse of drugs and alcohol. Created to address sensitive problems that women have with substances, Warrior Spirit for Women deals with the whole person: body, mind, soul, and relationships!

A full continuum of care, the Warrior Spirit portion is an ASAM 3.5 inpatient program where women are safe to use their courage to recover and take control of their lives.

Click here to learn more

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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.


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.

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Oregon Trail Recovery 

Oregon Trail Recovery aims to ensure a safe environment where our clients can work on their substance addictions. During treatment, we assist them in utilizing the tools necessary to remain alcohol and drug-free long-term. We employ strength-based trauma-informed therapies to continue to engage our clients in their recovery process. We have peer support staff available for them to connect with while in treatment and for support in building resources in the community.

Our trained clinical staff commits themselves to the growth and wellness of our clients. We are blessed to offer a variety of curriculums; including several from White Bison. We also have PCTD (Pacific Crest Trail Detox), which is a 7-to-10-day process. We’re there with you every step of the way to lend support and guidance during this challenging process.

Our program is done in a home-like environment with delicious home cooked “nutritious” food and a focus on helping each individual feel as comfortable as possible. Click here to learn more.

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Royal Life Centers 

The Royal Life Centers is a renowned CARF, Joint Commission, and NAATP accredited treatment addiction provider with facilities located in Arizona and Washington.

Our program offers an integrated continuum of care that guides our guests through each stage of early sobriety. Royal Life Center’s complete spectrum of care includes Medical Detox, Residential Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Outpatient (OP), and Sober Living. 

“Because We Care,” we are centered in a holistic approach to the recovery of mind, body, and spirit. Services currently incorporated into our program include equine therapy, sober music studios, case management, yoga, employment assistance, GED guidance, legal aid services, and tribal healing.

Led by certified instructors, our tribal healing program honors the spirit, traditions, and values of the Native American culture by incorporating Wellbriety groups, tribal beading, drum circles, dream catchers, and sweat lodge ceremonies. Honor the power of your voice and begin your journey with us today! Click here to learn more.

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Safe Harbour

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

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