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Native American Services

Native American Services

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Health Care Services is committed to offering integrative Native American Cultural programming within gender specific treatment programs.

We are open and willing to treat everyone with a substance addiction who has a desire to be sober.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment with Transfer to Wellbriety
Currently, at The Life House (Men's Facility) and The Gathering Place (Women's Facility) we offer a High Intensity, Long Term, Medically Monitored Co-Occurring Residential Treatment Program (ASAM 3.5). The Wellbriety Native American Cultural Track is offered to residents as an enhancement to their residential treatment program. This Cultural Track is intended to teach addicts and alcoholics to use Native Culture to get clean and sober.

After a resident has completed the admission process, they are placed in their respective facility. Residents participate in each of the facilities daily ASAM 3.5 programming activities along with 8 hours of the Wellbriety Native American Cultural Track during the treatment week. The Sweat Lodge Ceremony is a Therapeutic Sweat Lodge which is performed on weekly basis.

Curriculum: The Wellbriety Native American Cultural Track Curriculum consists of the Medicine Wheel and 12-Step Teachings. Residents will complete Steps 1-5 of the Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps teachings. The Mending Broken Hearts: Healing Unresolved Grief and Inter-generational Trauma curriculum where they will learn about how to begin to heal from Unresolved Grief and Inter-generational Trauma by completing and sharing their own Personal Loss and Trauma Time Lines and Incomplete Relationships Time Lines. Residents will participate in the Red Road to Wellbriety Book Study groups where they will share their answers to the Study Guide questions with their peers. Residents will also participate in Spiritual Reflection, which consists of Morning and Evening Prayer which includes using the Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons book. Residents will be allowed to participate in a sweat lodge ceremony as a part of their recovery journey.

Groups are focused on “Self" as in awareness, care, improvement, empowerment and knowledge among others. Groups include lectures, open discussion and presentation of homework and use feedback and communication.

The goal is to successfully reintegrate residents back into their community while maintaining a strong, sober recovery process. To reach this goal, the program focuses on teaching and reintroducing the importance of tribal spirituality and culture to live in harmony with the traditional 12-Step model.

White Bison Certified Wellbriety Treatment Program

The White Bison Certified Wellbriety Treatment program at The Gathering Place and The Life House is a recovery support transitional living program which focuses on relapse prevention as well as managing social and familial stressors as the residents reintegrate back into their communities.

If a client enters the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment with transferring to the Wellbriety program the client will continue with completing the Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps curriculum (Steps 6-12), will continue to work on the Red Road to Wellbriety Book by participating in Study Groups and will continue to use the Mending Broken Hearts tools to help with healing the Unresolved Grief and Inter-generational Trauma issues in their lives.

The curriculum for those clients who have successfully completed a Residential Inpatient Treatment Program (ASAM 3.5) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) (ASAM 2.1) is as follows:

Curriculum: The Wellbriety Native American Cultural Track Curriculum consists of the Medicine Wheel and 12-Step Teachings. Residents will complete Steps 1-12 of the Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps teachings. The Mending Broken Hearts: Healing Unresolved Grief and Inter-generational Trauma curriculum where they will learn about how to begin to heal from Unresolved Grief and Inter-generational Trauma by completing and sharing their own Personal Loss and Trauma Time Lines and Incomplete Relationships Time Lines. Residents will participate in the Red Road to Wellbriety Book Study groups where they will share their answers to the Study Guide questions with their peers. Residents will also participate in Spiritual Reflection, which consists of Morning and Evening Prayer which includes using the Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons book. Residents will be allowed to participate in a sweat lodge ceremony as a part of their recovery journey.

Regular in house and outside AA and NA meetings are available for the residents to attend. Participation in local tribal events is also available to program participants.

The goal of the program is to help reintegrate the resident successfully back into their rural community while maintaining a strong, sober recovery program and working towards sharing the message of the program back in their home communities. This program focuses on teaching or reintroducing the importance of their tribal spirituality and culture.

Admission Requirements:

If a resident is applying for the Entire Program, the resident must:
• Must provide ASI/ASAM 3.5 assessment
• Must have a complete physical with negative TB test
• Must complete application and write a letter indicating their motivation for treatment.

If a resident is applying for ONLY Wellbriety:
• Must have a minimum of 30 Days of Sobriety
• Successfully completed a Residential Inpatient Treatment Program (ASAM 3.5) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) (ASAM 2.1)

CARF Seal of Accreditation

White Bison Welbriety

For more information contact our admissions department at 866.843.0351 or admissions@voanr.org or Kelly Buckingham at 307.672.0475 / kbuckingham@voanr.org

The Wellbriety Native American Cultural Track