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In-House Wellbriety in Native American Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 11. January 2010 09:33
A Firestarter in the Wellbriety Movement does just what the name implies.  The fire is wellness and sobriety that results from following Wellbriety curriculum and participating in Medicine Wheel and 12 Step programs.  A Firestarter, as is staffed at Tarzana Treatment Centers, provides the spark by teaching Wellbriety in Native American alcohol and drug treatment.

Firestarters are a limited commodity in California, as well as the Southwestern region of the United States.  Considering the size of the Native American population suffering from alcohol dependence and drug addiction, there should be many more.  So we are happy to be a part of, and not in competition with, the small community of Wellbriety resource providers in the region.

At Tarzana Treatment Centers we have worked very hard to establish a quality Native American alcohol and drug treatment track.  What began as the recognition of a need has become a popular program that marries standard alcohol and drug treatment with Native American culture and tradition.  Having a Firestarter on staff means that patients never need to leave the building for these services.

Firestarters are vital to quality care in Native American alcohol and drug treatment that includes Wellbriety resources.  They provide guidance through the curriculum, facilitate Medicine Wheel and 12 Step, and conduct Circles of Recovery.  Without an in-house Firestarter, patients would need to be sent elsewhere to participate since this is not a self-starting process.

Native American alcohol abuse and drug abuse continue to be a major problem.  So along with the in-house services we provide, we also continue to attend Pow Wows and other Native American cultural events.  Patients enrolled in our Native American treatment track have the option of attending these events as well.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides Native American alcohol and drug treatment as part of our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcoholism or drug addiction, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.

Wellbriety Movement

by James Heller 1. July 2009 07:51

Native Americans have long-held traditions of ceremonial healing.  When it comes to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, the spiritual healing that ceremonies provide can enhance positive outcomes.  The White Bison Wellbriety Movement created a program that brings culture and tradition into sobriety.

Wellbriety begins with the Medicine Wheel and 12 Step recovery program.  There are versions of this program for men, women, friends and family members.  It is curriculum based and can be completed in just 16 weeks if followed as designed.  

Recovering individuals are trained for Circles of Recovery, where members can discuss the curriculum and support each other in recovery.  Individuals may choose to be trained as Firestarters as well, where they learn to teach the curriculum to those new in recovery.  There are 5 levels of Firestarter from those who have completed specialized training and the Medicine Wheel 12 Steps up to a Masters level.

Wellbriety expands from the 12 Steps foundation to focus on relapse prevention through Warrior Down, as well as adult, youth, and family training.  The separate programs allow individuals to participate in ceremonies that are specifically tailored to their needs.

Tarzana Treatment Centers staffs individuals who are trained in Wellbriety.  We provide alcohol and drug treatment for Native Americans that includes the ceremonies that are proven to enhance recovery.  For more information call 888-777-8565, or contact us here.

The following is from the White Bison website.  It describes the origin and philosophy of Wellbriety.  You can find more details about Wellbriety and Firestarter certification by linking here to the White Bison website.

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White Bison has been an energetic and proud member and supporter of the Native sobriety movement since its own founding in 1988. Some of the learning products found on the product page of this website date back to the decade of the 1990s and the sobriety movement. But by the mid to late 1990's White Bison began to realize that most people wanted to find sobriety and recovery from alcohol and drugs, and then go on to live lives of wellness and wholeness rooted both in their own tribal cultures and in the mainstream world. It was then that the sobriety movement began to transition over into the Wellbriety Movement, which White Bison developed and champions today.

Wellbriety means to be both sober and well. It means to have come through recovery from chemical dependency and to be a recovered person who is going beyond survival to thriving in his or her life and in the life of the community. The Well part of Wellbriety means to live the healthy parts of the principles, laws and values of traditional culture. It means to heal from dysfunctional behaviors other than chemical dependency, as well as chemical dependency itself. This includes co dependency, ACOA behavior, domestic or family violence, gambling, and other shortcomings of character.

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Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.


Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.

Urban Native American Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 23. June 2009 09:34
Alcohol and drug treatment for Native Americans raised and living in urban areas is more effective when they are introduced to their ancestors’ culture and tradition.  Alcohol dependence and drug addiction tend to include identity confusion or even a loss of identity.  So, Native American roots have a literal “grounding” effect that helps build a solid foundation for recovery.

Personal identity is how we see ourselves.  A disconnect with identity that occurs within alcoholics and drug addicts needs to be repaired during treatment so they can find self worth.  It motivates them to continue in recovery even through the most difficult of times because life has new value.  

Urban Native Americans may be several generations removed from the reservation, and have little or no ties to the roots of their respective tribes.  Public prejudices that still exist in our society, even though they have decreased, can have a negative impact on the identity of Native Americans.  So individuals may experience identity confusion due to an inner struggle, or lose their identity out of denial.

Learning the ceremonies of their ancestors during alcohol and drug treatment has proven effective for Urban Native Americans.  Positive feelings become associated with cultural roots, and healing can begin based on a real identity.  The identity is new and wonderful for most, and it provides sharp focus where there used to be none.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides alcohol and drug treatment services for Native Americans.  We know that Native American ceremonies and traditions tend to be spiritually based, aiding in the process of recovery along with identity discovery.  This also helps patients with co-occurring mental health disorders to discover troubling issues.

For more information on our Native American alcohol and drug treatment services, including alcohol and drug detox, please call us at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.

Native American Tradition in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 13. May 2009 14:26
The history of alcohol abuse among Native Americans is a story that includes great losses.  What is left in culture and traditions are held very dearly among the first residents of North America.  So cultural sensitivity, and the freedom to practice traditional rituals, must be included in Native American alcohol and drug treatment.

At the heart of Native American culture is a spiritual core.  This works well in treatment since alcoholism and drug addiction are spiritual maladies.  It is commonly said that alcoholics and drug addicts use substances to replace the lack of connection with a higher power.  So it makes sense to give Native Americans in treatment access to any ritual with spiritual meaning.

Tarzana Treatment Centers believes that cultural sensitivity and respect of traditions is important in successful Native American alcohol and drug treatment.  Our staff includes Native Americans and those trained in the culture and traditions. We also maintain close ties to the community by attending Pow Wows and other Native American events.  

The following paragraph is part of a fine historical review of Native American alcoholism found on essortment.com.  Written by Cheryl Hissong in 2002, it offers a solution based point of view in hopes that remaining culture and traditions live on.

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As generation followed generation, and more of the culture and identity of the past was lost, newer generations of the Native population eventually found alcohol to be their only salvation. With no strong cultural heritage to lead them, and a continued lack of acceptance out in the world at large, there has been little else left them. Even if they could go back to the days of hunting buffalo and living off the land, where are the buffalo today, and what's become of the vast land that was once their cherished home?

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Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.