This center in northern Wyoming was a long time in the making. Diane Cochran of the Billings (Mont.) Gazette reports on the opening in the Inter-Tribal Wellness center, which will treat addictions among tribal members from Wyoming and Montana.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. – With the Big Horn Mountains in the distance and the Tongue River just outside the back door, the Inter-Tribal Wellness Center is well-situated to reconnect clients with the land.
The newly opened addictions treatment center for American Indians sees strengthening patients’ ties with their tribal roots as a step toward recovery.
“It’s going to be based on people becoming authentic and finding themselves and reconnecting with their history and culture,” said JuDee Anderson, the center’s clinical director.
After standing vacant for more than two years, the facility that once housed Thunder Child Treatment Center has re-opened as the Inter-Tribal Wellness Center.
It is a collaboration among 11 American Indian tribes in Wyoming and Montana that are represented by the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.
Its approach to recovery is different from that of most treatment programs, said its director, Myron Littlebird.
“We’re trying to get away from the standard 12-step treatment,” Littlebird said. “We’re looking more toward cultural and spiritual treatment. … We’re trying to get them back into the way they grew up.”
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