While every human is a unique being, Native Americans often respond better to custom approaches to wellness issues. Many of today’s addiction treatment centers understand this and offer options tailored to Native American treatment needs, culture, and preferences. Native American clients have enjoyed long-term success from participating in tailor-made programs and workshops.
Spirituality is often a paramount feature of Native Americans. Workshops focus on these concerns, preferences, and traditional beliefs. Offering well-rounded programs for Native Americans helps them achieve success and improve their quality of life, particularly after bouts with addiction from any source. Offering workshops and programs that incorporate traditional teachings, beliefs, and ceremonies help participants fuel their spirituality and learn valuable techniques to live happy, healthy lives.
Allowing participants to explore their spiritual inner self, Native American workshops also use a menu of wellness activities that often help re-energize and heal the mind and body. Groups centered on specific therapeutic activities allow clients to select areas of interest. Subjects include :
- Music and art
- Physical fitness
- Martial arts and yoga
- Handling Anger
- Transitional living
- Problem-solving and creative thinking
- Personal financial planning
- 12-Step programs
- Creating effective resumes
- SMART Recovery
- Relapse prevention
The diversity of group subjects offers the well-rounded education Native Americans can use to stop an addiction, remain sober, and improve their life quality in the future. Clients can choose those groups and programs that most interest them.
Native American Treatment and Workshop Programs
Some programs have partnered with White Bison Inc. to offer many components of their Native American Wellbriety program, Indigenous Path. Using counselors and group leaders certified by White Bison, the programs often include:
- Meditations with Native American elders
- The Medicine Wheel and 12 steps
- The Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American way
- Talking Circles
- Sweat Lodge ceremonies
This approach treats the whole person, including emotional and physical health, along with incorporating the unique emotional and spiritual aspects of each individual. Creating well-rounded clean and sober individuals remains a top priority of programs and groups.
For example, using Indigenous Path components helps clients adjust their overall focus to return to “Mino Mikana,” the “Good Path.” The Native American sessions offer recovering addicts support, coping techniques and the ability to participate in local Wellbriety Circles.
Traditional cultural activities, such as Sweat Lodge ceremonies, allow recovering Native American addicts to relocate and reactivate their cultural roots. This reconnection manages and minimizes “inter-generational trauma,” as well as more current situations that fueled addiction.
Finding the Best Program for Your Needs
Recovering addicts are encouraged to participate in as many Native American Wellbriety Movement activities and programs, as informed graduates of the Indigenous Path program as they can. Graduates typically continue to adopt good habits and cement belief in their new life of wellness and sobriety.
Native American programs complement and enhance treatment, creating well-rounded, confident, and long-term productive members of society. While Native Americans can benefit from other successful programs, choosing programs and treatment options designed with their cultural history in mind, often generates a higher internal commitment to and long-term belief in sobriety to live a comfortable, productive, satisfying life.