“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
There are four major dimensions that support recovery:
• Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.
• Home—having a stable and safe place to live.
• Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
• Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
Indigenous Peer Recovery will be implementing and utilizing White Bison’s Wellbriety curriculum. Our Indigenous Peer Recovery Coach and Mentor have been both trained in the 12 Steps Medicine Wheel and Warrior Down Training as well as Embark’s CCAR Peer Recovery training and more trainings in the future for our Indigenous Peer Recovery Coach.
About White Bison
White Bison is a Native American-operated 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining a grassroots Wellbriety Movement – providing culturally-based healing to the next seven generations of Indigenous People. White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American/Alaska Native community nationwide. Our resources are also available to non-Native people.
We will also be honoring some of White Bison’s Guiding Principles,
• Leadership exists to serve the people first
• Leadership existence ensures Truth is given to the people
• Elders and teachings are a guiding force to direct ourselves, families and communities
• There is a natural order running the universe
• That our traditional ways were knowledgeable about the natural order
• When the community leads, the leaders will follow
• Alcohol and drugs are destroying us; we want to recover
• Change comes from within the individual, the family and the community
• Within each person, family and community is the innate knowledge for well being
• The solution resides within each community
• Interconnectedness – it takes everyone to heal a community
• Healing will take place through the application of cultural and spiritual knowledge
• Alcohol, drugs and domestic violence are all symptoms, not the cause. To “heal a community” it must deal with the cause
• The Circle and the Four Directions are the Teachers in the Four Laws of Change
• A great learning must take place
• You must create a Healing Forest
• OUR CULTURE IS PREVENTION
For more information about White Bison please visit: http://whitebison.org/
These guiding principles from the White Bison are universal and hold many important meanings to Native American communities in the U.S. The information supports Native American thoughts and a Relational Worldview, which the National Indian Child Welfare Association has created in order to understand Native American families.