The Native American healing experience

Subst Use Misuse. 2008;43(12-13):1927-49. doi: 10.1080/10826080802292584.


Recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is taking place with the assistance of culture-specific methods in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in North America. These communities utilize many of the recovery approaches that make up today's best practices, but they also use their own cultural and ethnic strengths as an important part of their addictions recovery. The Wellbriety Movement among Native people is one such expression of culture-specific healing for North Americans having the heritage of indigenous peoples. The rallying call, "Our culture is prevention," expresses an approach unique in addictions recovery processes anywhere.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / ethnology
  • Alcoholism / therapy*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Montana
  • North America
  • Program Development
  • Spirituality
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*