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Tribal Healing

As one of Royal Life Centers’ Wellbriety-certified Tribal Healing program facilities, we at Royal Life Centers at Chapter 5 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.

Chapter 5’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 reviews the historical trauma inflicted on native peoples, 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 healing – in direct relation to tribal members. This certification teaches about the trauma from tearing away the interconnectedness, elders’ teachings, spirituality, language and ceremonies from Tribal Americans.

Many generations ago, Native American youth was forced into boarding schools, or had outside cultures forced upon them by missionaries. This shift resulted in an extreme emotional wound – the taking away of an identity and values, having tribal languages silenced, and even the most dire cases, sexual and physical abuse. This is what is known as intergenerational trauma.

The pain from this wound is still felt several generations later by the majority of tribal Americans. We are dedicated to breaking this cycle and doing our part to aid in the healing process.
Addressing this intergenerational trauma is pivotal in the process of helping tribal men and women recovery from substance abuse and addiction. This must be addressed, and understood, to help them to heal from their own shame. We use the knowledge from this training to address the very real and ever-present 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.

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

Compass Directions

  • North, South, East, West


  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Earth Elements

  • Fire, Earth, Air, Water

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). 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 Centers, 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.

Reach Out

Royal Life Centers is in-network with Shasta Insurance and the Healthcare Management Administration (HMA). We also have a collaborative relationship with IHS (Indian Health Services) and are fully willing to work with other insurance providers in order to get you into our Tribal Healing program for treatment. Should our admissions team find that your insurance plan is out of network we will work relentlessly on your behalf to come to an agreement with your provider.

Royal’s Tribal Healing Point of Contact

Please contact Chapter 5 Recovery’s admissions team for additional information and assistance in entering our addiction treatment programs. 

You can also expedite the admissions process by filling out the form below, which directly sends your information to Melissa in the Tribal Healing department. In doing so, we will expedite the verification of your insurance so that she can start your entrance into our treatment program.

Please fill out this secure form and our Tribal Specialist, Melissa Hood, will contact you shortly

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