Wellbriety at Cascade Heights
Royal Life Centers
Wellbriety at Cascade Heights
Healing our Tribal Members
Substance abuse treatment for Tribal members should be very specialized to include a foundation of respect, tradition, and values. The essence of Native American culture is the concept that everything is spiritual. We work side-by-side with our tribal guests to reconnect their spirit to all things around them. At Royal Life Centers at Cascade Heights, we believe that spiritual healing is as important to the recovery process as mental or physical healing.
Our commitment to providing compassionate care for those who come for our assistance has extended to reach tribal members who deserve a full opportunity to experience a life of sobriety built on their cultural beliefs and values. It is our mission and our pleasure to serve these individuals as they take on the next steps toward sobriety and beyond. We believe that tribal members deserve the pinnacle of care, and as such, we treat them as our own family. The journey through addiction is a difficult one, which is why we make sure to have their needs at heart.
Healing Methods: The Medicine Wheel and 12-Step
In Native American culture, the medicine wheel is a sacred symbol that represents healing. Often, the medicine wheel is regarded as a representation of all the knowledge of the universe. This is a true symbol of hope and healing 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
- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
- Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Cedar, Sage
- Eagle, Bear, Buffalo, Wolf
The Medicine Wheel and 12-step Program is another certification that is focused on healing the pain in tribal communities (hurt, violence, suicide, the impact of addiction, etc.). This provides a program geared specifically to model a 12-step approach that has a foundation in tribal culture.
This adjusted 12-step program is based on teachings of the medicine wheel, the cycle of life, the Four Laws of Change, and ceremonial practice. This includes 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 tailored approach to a traditional 12-step program of recovery.
On top of the various treatment groups hosted at Cascade Heights, such as art and holistic therapies, our tribal guests have the opportunity to join special groups geared directly toward tribal healing. These groups include drum circles, Native Holistic Recovery, bead and drum crafting, and even trips to a local sweat lodge – transportation provided. We believe that this is pivotal in truly embracing recovery in a manner that respects the culture of our tribal guests.
“Dominic was a life saver. Never got mad that I called late or not at all really helped me trust people a little easier in my early recovery. I will celebrate 3 years in august.”
– Asa S.