Native American Connections - Guiding Star is a residential treatment facility for chemically-dependent women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns. Guiding Star combines traditional Native American healing practices with contemporary evidence-based methods to produce a holistically-informed addiction treatment program that addresses maladies of the mind, body, and spirit. During their stay, residents are invited to participate in storytelling, smudging/ purification rites, native crafts, Red Road teachings, Talking Circles, cultural presentations, songs and drumming, Circle of Strength, and more.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.