Native American Healing

Native American Healing
Destiny Sober Living (DSL) is proud to offer Native American traditions that support the traditional values of our Native American residents as well as help non-Native American’s connect with their spiritual self. We recognize the uniqueness of Native American traditions and our Mission is to create an innovative treatment program that results in abstinence from alcohol and drugs and establishes a thriving lifestyle for residents; to ensure respectful interactions, behaviors and relationships between staff, residents and the community that support each person’s self-esteem and values; to build partnerships and networks with other programs that aid in the development of an integrated continuum of care that includes all components of care: pre-treatment, residential treatment, recovery house, outpatient care, after-care and supportive outreach; to help each resident see their life as a story of where they have been, where they are and what they can and want to achieve.

The staff at DSL includes culturally aware and trained counselors and Spiritual advisors. There are a number of activities offered for our residents that are located directly on our property as well as nearby grounds. These various activities may be implemented into a resident’s treatment plan at any time throughout the course of treatment and can include the following:

  • Cultural assessments performed to ensure cultural needs are met including food, activities, spirituality, and family.
  • Weekly Sweat Lodge at Patina Wellness Center. Men and Women Sweat Lodges are performed separately.
  • Traditional songs and prayers.
  • Specific grief and loss therapy that embraces the beliefs of the person who has experienced a loss.
  • Red Road Walk discussions are held and connections to 12-Step Recovery are made.
  • Spiritual advising is offered on various traditions. Spiritual Healers from a person’s specific tribe are called upon when in need.
  • We provide storytellers, Indian spiritual leaders, and teachers of Native crafts.
  • Smudging and prayers are completed using sage, sweet grass, or cedar.
  • Talking Circles are performed weekly.
  • Religious services can be attended on and off premise including Shaker and other church services.
  • Positive Indian Parenting classes are held and DSL staff are well trained and experienced, having excellent tribal relations, in working with parenting plans from Department of Children’s Services
  • Transportation to Native American medical services is made possible. Tele-med services are also available.

DSL follows specific guidelines to ensure that cultural sensitivity is applied in all areas of treatment. Residents are allowed and encouraged to use their Native Language. We validate and implement the cultural and spiritual practices of each individual resident, while also advocating for our residents’ cultural and spiritual awareness. Additionally, staff development includes cultural sensitivity training from a person who demonstrates knowledge, commitment, and sincerity in promoting cultural practices and encouraging cultural pride.

As part of our Native American programming, DSL will make every effort to respect the traditions of the various tribes and clans that are represented in treatment, while also meeting the spiritual needs of all of our residents so that true and lasting healing can be achieved. DSL provides abstinence-based treatment with a strong focus on the issues that typically accompany patterns of chronic relapse. Treatment is directed toward issues of unresolved grief and the trauma of physical and sexual abuse. An emphasis is placed on respect and compassion while providing the expectations and structure for responsible behavior and a positive identity that supports life change.

DSL believes that healing from substance use and co-occurring disorders cannot be separated from culture and spirituality. Native traditional healing practices and cultural enhancement activities are both core and complementary interventions in promoting wellness and long-term recovery. Most recent statistics from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality indicate that almost half of American Indian and Alaska Natives who admit to adult substance abuse treatment centers are referred through the criminal justice system. Because of this DSL treats criminal thinking and behaviors throughout its treatment programs and is dedicated to helping all Natives break free from the criminal justice system.