Tribal Healing

The Ability to Heal Tribal Members

Substance abuse treatment for Tribal members should be specialized to include a foundation of culture, tradition, and values. At the core of Native American culture is the concept that everything is spiritual. We work closely with our tribal guests to help reconnect their spirit to all things around them. At Sound Recovery, we believe that spiritual healing is as important to the recovery process as mental or physical healing.

Our commitment to providing loving care for those who seek our help has extended to reach tribal members who deserve a full opportunity to experience a life of sobriety built on their cultural beliefs and foundation of values. It is our goal and our honor to serve these men and women as they take on a new journey toward sobriety and beyond. We believe that our tribal guests deserve the pinnacle of care, and as such, we treat them as our own family. In fact, many tribal members go on to join the Royal Life family as staff members to help heal their brothers and sisters!

Mending Broken Hearts

Mending Broken Hearts is a prestigious certification obtained from the White Bison and Wellbriety Movement training course. Mending Broken Hearts focuses on an approach to addressing intergenerational trauma for the purpose of healing – in direct relation to tribal members. This certification teaches about the trauma from tearing down the culture, interconnectedness, spirituality, language, and ceremonies from Native Americans.

Historically, these tragedies occurred many years ago, as a consequence of mission and boarding schools that the tribal youth were forced into. This shift resulted in an extreme emotional damage – the taking away of an identity and values, having tribal dialects silenced, and even the most dire cases, sexual and physical abuse.

The pain from these wounds is still felt seven generations later by the majority of tribal individuals. Royal Life Centers is committed to breaking the cycle and doing our part to aid in the healing process. Some of the biggest roadblocks to substance abuse treatment for Native Americans are addressing this intergenerational trauma which has resulted in generations of addiction and shame. We use the knowledge from our training to address the very real and ever-present root emotions of anger, guilt, and fear — so that we can make room for healing. For us to live out our mission of full body, mind and soul healing, we must be sensitive and respectful and help heal these long time wounds.

Tribal Healing: The Medicine Wheel and 12-Step

In tribal culture, the medicine wheel is a sacred spiritual symbol that represents healing and health. Often, the medicine wheel is explained as a representation of all the knowledge of the universe. This is a true symbol of hope and mending for those who seek it. The exact meaning of the medicine wheel’s symbolism can vary from tribe to tribe, as it is up to their own interpretation. The wheel points in the four cardinal directions: north, east, south and west. Each of these directions is a marker for many other attributes of that section of the medicine wheel. It also is represented by four colors: black, red, yellow and white. Some of the other things that are represented by the wheel include, but are not limited to:

The stages of Life

  • Birth, Youth, Adult, Death

Aspects of Life

  • Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual

The Natural Elements in our World

  • Fire, Earth, Air, Water

The Seasons

  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Ceremonial Plants

  • Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Cedar, Sage

Important Animals

  • Eagle, Bear, Buffalo, Wolf

The Medicine Wheel and 12-step Program is another certification that is focused on mending the pain that is present across tribal communities (violence, suicide, the impact of addiction, etc.). This helps to form a program geared specifically to model a 12-step approach that has a foundation in tribal culture.

This augmented 12-step program is based on teachings of the medicine wheel, the cycle of life, the Four Laws of Change, and ceremonial practice. This adds culture, tradition, and values into a 12-step approach. It has proven to be the missing piece for many tribal members who need more of a customized approach to a traditional 12-step program of recovery.

Tribal Treatment Groups

On top of the various treatment groups hosted at Sound Recovery, such as music, adventure and equine therapy, our tribal guests have the opportunity to join special groups geared directly toward tribal culture. These groups include drum circles, Native Holistic Recovery, bead and drum crafting and even trips to a local sweat lodge – transportation provided for free. We believe that this is pivotal in truly embracing recovery in a manner that respects the culture of our tribal guests.

Tribal Members: Reach Out to Us

Royal Life Centers at Sound Recovery is in-network with Shasta insurance and HMA. We also have a relationship with IHS (Indian Health Services) and will work with whichever insurance provider you have to get you into our treatment. If we find that we are out of network with your provider, our team will work tirelessly to find a way to help you or any members of your tribe.

Our tribal specialist is waiting to hear from you. Please contact Dominic Milano for help getting into our addiction treatment programs, he will set you up for success. You can also expedite the process by filling out the form below, which will contact Dominic Milano directly and provide him with the information he needs for an immediate insurance verification. If you, or your loved ones are tribal members in need of substance abuse treatment, call us and ask to speak with Dominic. He can be reached at (877)-RECOVERY or 877-732-6837. Because We Care