Wellbriety at Chapter 5 Recovery

Wellbriety at Chapter 5 Recovery

Royal Life Centers

Chapter 5 Recovery

Tribal Healing
As one of Royal Life Centers’ Wellbriety-certified Tribal Healing program facilities, we at Royal Life Detox are dedicated to providing compassionate 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 mission and our honor to serve these men and women as they take on a new journey toward sobriety and beyond. We believe that tribal members deserve the pinnacle of care, and as such, we treat them as our own family.

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818 W. Gurley Street,
Prescott, AZ 86305
United States
(509) 236 1770

Within Tribal Healing, we reintegrate Native cultural practices and customs utilizing guest involvement and collaboration, participation in tribal ceremonies and events, and educational courses to promote healing and growth from within.

Puget Sound’s Tribal Healing focuses on the holistic recovery of our tribal guests through the fusion of traditional, evidence-based treatment practices with traditional Native American philosophies and customs. Within the Medicine Wheel & 12 Steps, our staff of tribal specialists educate our guests on prevention, preparation, and harm reduction tactics regarding alcohol and drug addiction within the scope of Native practices. Additionally, our staff review the historical trauma inflicted on native peoples following the introduction to European settlers, offering practical and positive coping skills to aid in their healing from intergenerational trauma.

We at Royal Life Centers are proud to be one of ten Wellbriety certified substance abuse treatment centers as it affords us the opportunity to honor the centuries-old traditions of holistic healing for any and all tribal members in need of SUD treatment.

Healing For Tribal Members

Substance abuse rehabilitation for tribal members should be very specialized to include a foundation of tradition and values. At the core of Native American culture is the concept that everything is spiritual. At Royal Life Centers, we work side-by-side with our tribal guests to reconnect their spirit to their surroundings. We believe that spiritual healing is as important as mental or physical healing it comes to recovery.

Our commitment to providing compassionate care for those who need our help has extended to reach tribal members who deserve a full opportunity to experience a life of sobriety. We build this life with them based on their cultural beliefs and values. It is our mission and our honor to serve these individuals as they take on a new journey toward sobriety and beyond. We believe that tribal members deserve the pinnacle of care, and as such, we treat them as we would our own family.

Mending Broken Hearts

Mending Broken Hearts is a special 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 stripping away the culture, interconnectedness, elders’ teachings, spirituality, language, values, and ceremonies from Native Americans.

Historically, this trauma occurred generations ago, as a consequence of the mission and boarding schools that the Native American youth were forced into. This shift resulted in an extreme emotional wound – the taking away of identity and values, having tribal languages silenced, and even the direst cases, sexual and physical abuse.

The pain from this damage is still felt seven generations later by the majority of tribal men and women. We are committed to breaking this cycle and doing our part to aid in the healing process. Some of the biggest roadblocks to addiction treatment for Native Americans are addressing this intergenerational trauma which has resulted in generations of substance abuse and addiction and generations of shame. We use the knowledge from this training to address the very real and ever-present root emotions of anger, guilt, shame, and fear— so that we can make room for healing. It is our mission to help mend the wound that was caused in any way that we can.

Tribal Healing: The Medicine Wheel and 12-Step

In tribal culture, the medicine wheel is a sacred symbol that represents healing and health. 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 has four 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:

Stages of Life

  • Birth, Youth, Adult, Death

Aspects of Life

  • Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual

Natural Elements

  • Fire, Earth, Air, Water


  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Ceremonial Plants

  • Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Cedar, Sage

Sacred Animals

  • 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.

Tribal Treatment Groups

On top of the various treatment groups hosted at Royal Life Detox, such as music and equine therapy, 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.

“I’m glad I never gave up because Royal Life Centers changed my life! I actually look forward to waking up to another day. Unlike other treatment centers, Royal employs plenty of personnel which keeps their client/staff ratio down and helps facilitate meaningful interaction. They have so many classes to offer – I wish I could have taken them all! The group facilitators are passionate about the curriculum, and they will break it down to the roots. When I needed clarification, they were always there to help. Lastly, I’m thankful for this program’s extended care. I still get to go to groups, even after I graduated! Ask, and you shall receive! Step up your game, and they will see you! “
– Daneta T.

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