Native American Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

We offer this program now at Recovery in Motion Treatment Center.

“Recovery in Motion is proud to now offer an Indigenous approach to recovery. Indigenous people have been walking The Red Road for centuries. The Red Road to Wellbriety is a journey of hope and healing for Indigenous people seeking recovery. Wellbriety draws from 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. It is believed there is a direct correlation between traditional Indigenous values/ways and 12 step programs. It is our hope to help our Indigenous clients begin their journey and break the cycles of addiction.

What is Wellbriety?

Wellbriety is an Indigenous word that describes a state of being balanced. The Red Road To Wellbriety uses the term as a state of being sober and well. The literature talks about how Indigenous teaching are applied in a circle or cycles. It has taken the 12 Steps and shaped them to fit a Medicine Wheel. That Medicine Wheel which honors the four direction and the four season of The Red Road. Our Indigenous group will go through the literature together and help one another interpret or understand how we can apply the teachings in our everyday lives.

In addition to the Wellbriety literature we also honor our ancestors and one another with Talking Circles. It is the understanding of Indigenous peoples when we come together for Talking Circle and utilize those four sacraments which have been gifted to our people, we share a natural bond of closeness, strength, and healing. In our group we will smudge for the cleansing of our spirit and begin to pass an eagle feather, as there are no lies between us when we practice the teaching of our elders. Becoming part of the Wellbriety group will be earned. Upon arrival to the group, the new member will be welcomed and celebrated for beginning this spiritual journey of recovery.”

Native American Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs Are Covered by AHCCCS

Native Americans would benefit from a variety of other resources, as well. However, some barriers stand in the way of getting services to this demographic. SAMHSA identified complications to delivering services to Native American communities. Their list includes personnel shortages, travelling distances, and lack of health care facilities.

Therefore, they made a commitment to do their part in treating indigenous people. “[Our] mission is to provide efficient and effective delivery of resources and services to ensure that American Indians and Alaska Natives have access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that reflect the best of modern science and traditional cultural practices,” they say on their website.

Arizona’s Medicaid program (AHCCCS) follows federal guidelines. Therefore, the program offers treatment and other resources for the program’s Native American members. Additionally, they may select to sign onto the American Indian Health Program (AIHP).

AIHP members can choose healthcare providers and facilities on 638 programs, as well as addiction treatment providers. The AHCCCS points out, “. . . members can switch their enrollment between AHCCCS AIHP and an AHCCCS managed health care plan and back again at any time.”

What to Expect from Native American Addiction Treatment

Culture, traditions, and language play important roles in the life of most Native Americans. For that reason, Native American drug and alcohol rehab programs tend to have better recovery results. Recovery in Motion takes this to heart. Our Native American treatment programs differ in these ways. We take their specific needs for recovery into consideration when creating your individual plan.

We integrate evidence-based treatments into individualized treatment plans for Native Americans. This allows us to maximize the benefits of both treatment approaches. We’ve found that this has led to longer periods of recovery, as well as more lifetime recoveries.

Native American ideals are the backbone of each phase of recovery. A medical supervision ensures the safety of our patients’ health. We turn to traditional Native American techniques to increase comfort. We also use medications to aid in physical and mental comfort during withdrawals.

Next, our Native American patients and their counterparts move to the treatment phase of recovery. This is when individual and group therapies begin. Other treatment approaches, such as life skills, benefit most of our patients, as well. An adequate treatment program should last at least 90 days for most people, regardless of demographic.

Aftercare comes after all our Native American drug and alcohol rehab programs. This is another key to long-lasting recovery. Your therapist works with you during treatment to develop an aftercare program that works for you.

If you’re a Native American who needs substance abuse treatment, you’re not alone. We can help. Contact us today to get started on your recovery. Our specialized programs are designed with Native Americans’ unique needs in mind.


[1] “American Indian Health Program (AIHP) (Health Plan ID #999998).” AHCCCS,

[2] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Higher Rate of Substance Use Among Native American Youth on Reservations.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 3 June 2020,

[3] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “How Long Does Drug Addiction Treatment Usually Last?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 3 June 2020,

[4] “Trauma.” Administration for Children and Families,

[5] “Tribal Affairs.” SAMHSA,