The Indigenous Wellbriety community offers inclusivity, immersed in cultural awareness and respect for diversity for people in recovery from substance use and/or addiction. We offer talking circle support and sober-led activities. Click here to learn more about the program.

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What our Talking Circle Participants Are Saying…

“I am fighting for life, learning every day and working with others. I am really understanding why I am here. I’m finally grieving. I am facing it and standing through it all.”

Imo Succo, MSW

Imo is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe, born and raised on the Navajo reservation. She currently resides in southwest Colorado. She is the Program Manager for the Indigenous Wellbriety Program. E-mail: [email protected]


Frankiana Tsosie

Frankiana Tsosie is a Peer Recovery Coach with the Indigenous Wellbriety Program in Cortez, Colorado. This programming uses the White Bison Wellbriety approach to recovery which honors the role that Native America culture plays in wellness and resilience. Frankaina shares her story about how she began doing peer recovery work, how family and culture are central to her own recovery and strength, and how her own experiences help her to heal and support her community for the next generation. E-mail: [email protected].


Howard Yazzie

I am a member of the Dine Nation. I was born and raised at Emmanuel Mission just south of Sweetwater, Arizona, where my grandfather used to run a store a long time ago. I am of the Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii – Áshįįhnii (Coyote Pass (Jemez)-Salt Clan) born for Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the-Water/Among the Red Waters/Red Soil/Red Streak) my maternal grandfather’s clan is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People) and Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People) is my paternal grandfather clan.


Office: 20 West Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321


Thank you for all the continued support from our local and regional community organizations as well as our IWP Talking Circle Participants and volunteers. We continue to strive to serve our community to provide support that is unique to the southwestern Colorado region.

Mending Broken Hearts Training

Imo Succo and Frankiana Tsosie participated in the White Bison’s Mending Broken Hearts Training in Colorado Springs hosted by White Bison. They are now certified in providing Native American Grief and Recovery Talking Circles.

Mending Broken Hearts Talking Circles will launch in the late Fall of 2022.

“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.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Mending Broken Hearts Training in April. We brought together people from our community who had an interest in healing from unresolved grief and loss created by the legacy of historical and intergenerational trauma, specifically from the effects of the Boarding School era.

We are excited to announce that 20 people attended the three day training session and are ALL certified to run Mending Broken Hearts Talking Circles.

Sih Hasin Street Medicine

The Indigenous Wellbriety Program staff and volunteers do street outreach with the Sih Hasin Street Medicine team in the Cortez area since September 2022. The street medicine team is from Northern Navajo Medical Center of Shiprock, NM. They are amazing and have extended their service area to the Four Corners region, including Cortez area.

The Sih Hasin Street Medicine team have served those experiencing homelessness in the Shiprock and Farmington, NM regions during the COVID pandemic. The Indigenous Wellbriety Program is committed to providing Wellbriety services to our community here in Montezuma County. Great collaborative efforts like this are meeting the gaps in services for our disadvantaged communities.

There is always another day of hope and Wellbriety for our teams and those needing to find their journey! Great Work EVERYONE!🌺💞

Learn more about Sih Hasin Street Medicine

Please join us for our Talking Circles with the Zoom link below.

Young People in Recovery Schedule

Wellbriety Journey

Indigenous Wellbriety utilizes White Bison’s Wellbriety curriculum. Our Indigenous Peer Recovery Coaches and Mentors have been 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. CLICK HERE to learn more about the White Bison program.


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