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Wellbriety addiction treatment in Provo, Utah

Wellbriety addiction treatment in Provo, Utah

Our wellbriety therapy offers a compassionate approach to addiction recovery. This traditional Native American healing practice is best combined with traditional, evidence-based addiction treatment to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery.

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If you’re seeking an effective path to sobriety, our wellbriety program will empower you to transform your life and achieve lasting recovery. Ardu combines wellbriety with effective drug rehab and alcohol addiction treatment to give you the very best shot at recovery. 

Why is Ardu the best choice for wellbriety?

Our wellbriety program provides you with the personalized support, tools, and expertise you need to overcome addiction and embrace a life of wellness all within a welcoming and inclusive environment.  

Here’s why our wellbriety therapy is the best in the country:

Comprehensive approach to addiction treatment

Our wellbriety program offers a holistic approach to addiction recovery, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing. We incorporate culturally-based healing practices with evidence-based treatment methods to create a well-rounded path to recovery.

Implementation of wellbriety’s 12-step program

We recognize the power of the 12-step program in fostering lasting recovery. Our wellbriety program incorporates a unique 12-step approach that is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, but is adapted to include Native American cultural and spiritual principles. The goal is to help individuals connect with their heritage, find strength in their identity, and build a strong foundation for lifelong sobriety. We integrate talking circles, sweat lodge ceremonies, and traditional crafts to provide a comprehensive and transformative approach to recovery.

Trauma-informed care

Our clinicians are experienced in addressing the impact of trauma. We provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to process your experiences and develop healthy coping mechanisms to support recovery.

Our wellbriety program also recognizes the role that intergenerational trauma plays in addiction within Native American communities. By incorporating cultural practices, teachings, and traditions, we help people find strength in their identity and break the cycle of trauma that often contributes to substance abuse.

We value community support

At Ardu, we emphasize the importance of community and connection in the healing process. Through group activities, shared meals, and opportunities to engage with others on a similar journey, we foster a strong sense of belonging and support.

Highly personalized treatments

We recognize that each person’s path to recovery is unique, and create individualized addiction treatment plans. Our approach ensures that care is tailored to your situation alone.

We encourage your spiritual growth

Our program encourages spiritual exploration and growth through meditation therapy, mindfulness, and nature-based activities. These practices can help you find meaning in your recovery journey and promote healing from alcohol and drug addiction.

Experienced team of experts

Our team of addiction specialists and mental health professionals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our wellbriety program. With expertise in addressing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, our staff is well-equipped to guide you on your journey to lasting recovery.

Serene environment to support recovery

Our facility in Provo, Utah offers a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere conducive to healing and self-reflection. Set against the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, our center provides a serene environment where people from all walks of life can focus on their recovery and embrace a life of wellness.

Aftercare planning and support

We are committed to your long-term success and will work with you to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. This includes ongoing support, resources, and connections to help you maintain sobriety beyond your stay at Ardu. 

We know that recovery is a lifelong journey that continues beyond our walls. We are here to support you every step of the way.

What is wellbriety?

Wellbriety is a holistic approach to addiction recovery that integrates Native American cultural and spiritual practices with contemporary evidence-based treatment methods. The term is a combination of the words “well” and “sobriety,” which emphasizes the importance of wellness in the recovery process.

The wellbriety movement was founded by Don Coyhis, a member of the Mohican Nation, in the 1990s. Coyhis recognized that traditional 12-step programs, while effective for many, often lacked the cultural relevance and spiritual connection that Native American individuals needed for successful recovery. He developed the wellbriety approach to address the unique challenges faced by Native American communities, such as historical trauma, cultural oppression, and the loss of traditional values and practices.

Although rooted in Native American traditions, wellbriety’s holistic approach to recovery has proven beneficial for individuals from diverse backgrounds who seek a comprehensive, spiritually grounded path to sobriety. Our wellbriety therapy program integrates traditional Native American practices with modern addiction treatment methods to create a culturally sensitive and spiritually-grounded framework for recovery.

If you’re ready to embrace a holistic addiction recovery, Ardu’s wellbriety therapy program is here to support you on your journey. Take the first step towards lasting sobriety and wellness and contact Ardu today.

What traditional addiction treatments are integrated with wellbriety?

At Ardu, we believe that by combining the power of wellbriety with evidence-based treatments and therapies, we can help you break free from the cycle of addiction. Research has found that effective addiction treatments involve a combination of traditional healing practices and evidence-based therapies.

A 2014 qualitative study examined how well traditional Native American healing practices are integrated with Western treatment methods. They found that the integration of spiritual and traditional therapy programs played a significant role in the healing process, with some participants considering spiritual development as a primary goal, and others as a secondary goal in addiction treatment.

Here are some of the key components of our integrated wellbriety program:

  • We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to addiction. This synergy of wellbriety and traditional treatment teaches you healthy coping skills and strategies for long-term recovery.
  • Our clinicians are trained in addressing the impact of trauma on addiction. They provide a safe, supportive space for you to process your experiences and heal from the inside out. Wellbriety’s emphasis on spiritual healing complements trauma-informed care, helping you find wholeness and resilience in recovery.
  • We incorporate meditation and mindfulness practices to help you manage stress, reduce cravings, and find inner peace on your journey to wellness. These practices align perfectly with the spiritual focus of wellbriety.
  • Our program integrates the principles of 12-step recovery with wellbriety. This offers a powerful combination of spiritual growth, personal accountability, and peer support.
  • We recognize the importance of family involvement in the recovery process, and offer family therapy sessions to help rebuild relationships, improve communication, and create a supportive home environment. 
  • From art and yoga therapy to nature walks and nutritional counseling, our holistic therapies nurture your mind, body, and spirit. These alternative therapies are aligned with the holistic approach of wellbriety.

If you abuse or are addicted to alcohol, we offer a comprehensive alcohol detox program to guide you through the stages of alcohol recovery. If you struggle with drug abuse, our drug detox and rehabilitation program can provide the support and expertise you need. 

Contact us to learn more about our caring rehab center in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Provo, Utah.

What can you expect from Ardu’s wellbriety therapy?

Our wellbriety therapy program offers a transformative experience that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing from addiction. You’ll engage in activities and therapies that promote self-reflection, personal growth, and spiritual development, such as:

  1. Talking circles. Engage in open, honest dialogue with others in recovery, share your experiences, and learn from one another in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. This fosters a sense of community and belonging, which is essential for long-term recovery.
  2. Mindfulness and meditation. Practice mindfulness techniques and participate in guided meditations to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and cultivate inner peace. These practices can help you manage cravings, regulate emotions, and develop a stronger connection to your inner self.
  3. Expressive therapies. Explore your emotions and experiences through art therapy, music, or writing, tapping into your innate creativity and finding new ways to express yourself. Creative outlets can be powerful tools for processing trauma. They help build self-esteem and discover new aspects of your identity.
  4. Nature-based activities. Connect with the natural world through outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening, or simply spending time in nature. Being in nature can promote spiritual grounding, stress relief, and a sense of harmony, all of which are important for maintaining sobriety and overall well-being.
  5. Life skills education. Learn valuable skills and strategies for navigating the challenges of daily life in recovery, such as effective communication, stress management, and healthy coping mechanisms. When you develop these skills, you build a strong foundation for lasting recovery and personal growth.
  6. Spiritual exploration. Engage in practices and discussions that nurture your spiritual well-being. This helps you find meaning, purpose, and connection in your life. Spiritual exploration may involve exploring different spiritual traditions, participating in ceremonies or rituals, or simply engaging in self-reflection and contemplation.

You can see how Ardu Recovery Center’s wellbriety therapy provides a well-rounded, individualized approach to recovery that honors your unique needs, background, and aspirations. Our compassionate team of addiction specialists and mental health professionals is dedicated to helping you overcome substance abuse, heal from past traumas, and build a fulfilling life in recovery.

Get help with Ardu Recovery Center

Anyone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or addiction can be eligible to enroll in our wellbriety therapy program at Ardu Recovery Center. Our facility offers a nurturing and structured environment where individuals struggling with addiction can receive comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.

Our alcohol rehab program provides personalized treatment plans, including medical detox, behavioral health therapies, group counseling, family therapy, and ongoing support. Our drug rehab center offers specialized treatment programs for a wide range of substance addictions, including opioids, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs

Ardu also helps you tackle co-occurring mental health disorders in addiction treatment. Our dual diagnosis treatment programs address mental health conditions with treatments such as:

Our skilled mental health professionals are equipped to provide integrated treatment that addresses both addiction and underlying mental health issues, promoting holistic healing and long-term recovery.

Recovery can be daunting, but our skilled team is here to support you at every stage of your journey.

To enroll in our wellbriety therapy program, contact Ardu online or via phone (801-872-8480). We will work with you to determine if this approach to addiction treatment is the right fit for your needs and goals. Our admissions team will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have about our program.

We believe that everyone deserves access to compassionate, effective addiction treatment and we’ve seen firsthand how our unique approach to addiction treatment can change lives. We’ve helped countless individuals achieve lasting sobriety and transform their lives through the power of wellbriety. 

But don’t just take our word for it—our track record speaks for itself. 

…My daughter is in Ardu and she tells me how much she loves it there. As a mother of a person with both mental health and addiction issues I was of course scared. i wanted her to be in a place that had good people, clean, intensive care… I am at peace knowing that she is in good hands and is learning techniques to become and stay clean.

Tina Bloxham


Wellbriety FAQ

What is the meaning of the word wellbriety?

Wellbriety is a term that combines the words “well” and “sobriety,” emphasizing the importance of overall wellness in the recovery process from substance use disorders. It is an approach that incorporates Native American cultural and spiritual practices with evidence-based addiction treatment methods to support a holistic path to healing.

What are the 12 steps of wellbriety?

The 12 steps of Wellbriety are similar to the traditional 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous but are adapted to incorporate Native American cultural and spiritual principles. They include admitting powerlessness over addiction, seeking help from a higher power, making amends, and carrying the message of recovery to others, while also emphasizing the importance of connecting with one’s cultural heritage and community.

What are the principles of wellbriety?

The key principles of wellbriety include:

  1. Recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being in the recovery process.
  2. Embracing cultural identity and traditional healing practices as a source of strength and resilience.
  3. Emphasizing the importance of community support and engagement in the recovery journey.
  4. Promoting personal responsibility and accountability in maintaining sobriety and wellness.
  5. Incorporating holistic approaches to healing, such as meditation, mindfulness, and connection to nature.

What do the 12 steps mean?

The 12 steps, originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, are a set of guiding principles that outline a path to recovery from addiction. They involve:

  1. Admitting powerlessness over the addiction.
  2. Believing in a higher power to restore sanity.
  3. Turning one’s will and life over to the care of that higher power.
  4. Making a searching and fearless moral inventory of oneself.
  5. Admitting the exact nature of one’s wrongs.
  6. Being ready to have the higher power remove these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asking the higher power to remove shortcomings.
  8. Making a list of persons harmed and becoming willing to make amends.
  9. Making direct amends wherever possible.
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and promptly admitting wrongdoings.
  11. Seeking to improve conscious contact with the higher power through prayer and meditation.
  12. Carrying the message to others and practicing these principles in all affairs.

The 12 steps provide a framework for personal growth, accountability, and spiritual development in the journey of recovery from addiction.

What is the red road to recovery? 

The “Red Road to Recovery” is a holistic approach to addiction recovery that incorporates Native American spiritual practices and cultural traditions. This path to healing recognizes:

  1. Native American spiritual practices and cultural traditions.
  2. The importance of addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an individual’s well-being.
  3. The role of community support, cultural identity, and connection to nature in the recovery process.
  4. Participation in ceremonies such as sweat lodges, talking circles, and drum circles, which promotes spiritual growth and provides a sense of belonging.
  5. The impact of intergenerational trauma on Native American communities.
  6. Intergenerational trauma through culturally responsive practices.

By walking the Red Road, you can find strength in your heritage, build resilience, and work towards a life of balance and wellness.

What are the four mind changers in Native American spirituality? 

In Native American spirituality, the four mind changers, often referred to as the “Four Sacred Medicines,” are tobacco, sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. These sacred plants are used in ceremonies and practices to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. 

  • Tobacco is used as an offering to the spirits and is believed to carry prayers to the Creator. 
  • Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to purify the mind, body, and spirit, and to dispel negative energy. 
  • Sweetgrass is often braided and burned to invite positive energy and to create a sense of harmony and balance. 
  • Cedar is used for purification and protection and is often burned or used in medicine pouches. 

These four mind changers are believed to have the power to transform the mind, body, and spirit, and to facilitate a deeper connection to the Creator and the natural world. These sacred medicines are often incorporated into wellbriety programs for addiction recovery.

Who is the founder of Wellbriety?

The wellbriety movement was founded by Don Coyhis, a member of the Mohican Nation, in the 1990s. Coyhis recognized that traditional 12-step recovery programs often lacked the cultural relevance and spiritual connection that Native American individuals needed for successful recovery. 

To address this need, Coyhis developed the wellbriety approach, which incorporates Indigenous cultural practices and teachings into a holistic, community-based framework for addiction recovery. His work has had a significant impact on tribal communities across North America, providing a culturally responsive path to healing for Indigenous people struggling with substance use disorders.

Who is the founder of White Bison?

Don Coyhis is also the founder of White Bison, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides culturally-based healing resources to Native American communities. White Bison was established to promote the wellbriety movement and to support the development of community-based recovery programs grounded in Indigenous cultural traditions. 

The organization offers training, resources, and support to help Native communities address the impact of intergenerational trauma and combat substance abuse. Through White Bison, Coyhis has worked to bring the message of hope and healing to Indigenous peoples across the United States, promoting a holistic approach to recovery that honors the wisdom of Native cultures.


Moghaddam, J. F., & Momper, S. L. (2011). Integrating Spiritual and Western Treatment Modalities in a Native American Substance User Center: Provider Perspectives. Substance use & Misuse, 46(11), 1431. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2011.592441

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