Native American Program

Keystone Treatment Center is proud to offer a specialized Native American Track that addresses the traditional values of our Native American patients. We recognize the uniqueness of our Native American patients and are sensitive to their culture throughout the treatment process.

The staff at Keystone includes Native American counselors, as well as Native American Cultural and Spiritual advisors. There is also a full-time cultural coordinator that provides guidance for our Native American patients. Additionally, Keystone has certified Native American chemical dependency counselors who provide treatment in both the adolescent and adult programs.

Under the direction of our Native American coordinator, there are a number of activities offered for our Native American patients in the adolescent and adult programs that are located directly on Keystone’s grounds. These various activities may be implemented into patients’ treatment plans at any time throughout the course of treatment and can include the following:

  • Inipi / purification ceremonies are held weekly at Keystone’s onsite Sweat Lodge.
  • Individual assessments are provided for patients with the cultural coordinator.
  • Honoring ceremonies may be held as requested.
  • Traditional songs and prayers are offered to help with the struggles our patients face regarding death or loss.
  • Sharing occurs on the Red Road Walk, and discussions are held on how it fits in with 12-Step Recovery.
  • Spiritual advising is offered on various traditions.
  • Smudging and prayers are completed using sage, sweet grass, or cedar.
  • Patients are able to take part in a Talking Circle.

At Keystone Treatment Center, we follow specific guidelines to ensure that cultural sensitivity is applied in all areas of treatment. Patients and staff members are allowed and encouraged to use their Native Language. We validate and implement the cultural and spiritual practices of each individual patient, while also advocating for our patients’ cultural and spiritual awareness. Additionally, staff development includes cultural sensitivity training from a person or entity within or outside of our organization who demonstrates knowledge, commitment, and sincerity in promoting cultural practices and encouraging cultural pride.

As part of our Native American programming, the staff at Keystone will make every effort to respect the traditions of the various tribes and clans that are represented in treatment, while also meeting the spiritual needs of all of our patients so that true and lasting healing can be achieved.

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