A nonprofit grassroots coalition helping people of all ages receive assistance while providing them with the necessary skills to make the change they seek.
Wellbriety means to be both sober and well. A national recovery support movement based on Native American spirituality and principles, Wellbriety teaches that we must find sobriety from addictions to alcohol and drugs and recover from the harmful effects drugs and alcohol have on individuals, families and whole communities.
The Well part of Wellbriety provides the inspiration to go beyond clean and sober by helping individuals commit to finding balance and wholeness in their lives mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually every day.
Grand Nation offers Twelve Steppin Around the Medicine Wheel in Twelve Sessions, a local Wellbriety program that is open to anyone who is seeking balance and wholeness in their life, especially those who are dealing with addiction.
Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Bill Blue Eagle McCutchen (Chickasaw), the current 12-week program is a structured sessions will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Sunday at the Grand Nation office, 123 S. Wilson in Vinita.
Wellbriety is a mutual support peer group where participants can expect to examine themselves and their lives while also being supportive of others in the group who are supporting them, McCutchen said, The movement is based on Native American principles but everyone is welcome, including non-Natives.
A certified firestarter (facilitator) with White Bison which started the Wellbriety movement, McCutchen said the program will benefit any adult 18 and older who is seeking balance and wholeness in their life and wants to go beyond their addiction or trauma.
Twelve Steppin Around the Medicine Wheel in Twelve Sessions utilizes two sources: The Sacred Tree & Gifts of the Medicine Wheel: A Workshop in Native American Spirituality and The Red Road to Wellbriety in the Native American Way. Each participant will receive a free copy of The Sacred Tree & Gifts of the Medicine Wheel and a syllabus.
In addition, McCutchen said, program participants may qualify for the Drug Possession Deferment Program (DPDP).
There will be a graduation certificate for those who successfully complete the Wellbriety program, McCutchen said. Participants who may be facing a drug possession charge may be able to negotiate with the district attorney for the DPDP.
Wellbriety participants agree to a covenant of confidentiality, as well as participating in each of the 12 sessions. Two unexcused absences result in expulsion from the class. The first 12-week program will be closed to additional members after the second session on April 12.
Grand Nation community meetings will be held two to three times during the 12-week sessions. Wellbriety participants are required to attend these Grand Nation meetings and share openly without breaching confidentiality.
For more information, contact McCutchen at (918) 530-2531 or email him at billBEmccutchen@gmail.com.
Participants can also pre-register for the Wellbriety program by calling the Grand Nation office at (918) 276-2192.