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Rehabilitation Through Native Healing and Traditional AA Methods

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Native American Choices takes an innovative approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation, merging the traditional methods of Alcoholics Anonymous with fundamental principles of Native American culture.

"I found a new purpose, a new healing and a community of my own understanding," said a Native American man who restored his life with the help of Native American Choices in a video on the program's Web site.

Native American Choices has grown to become one of the largest residential/outpatient Native American treatment and rehabilitation programs nationwide, according to a Native American Choices press release.

The Long Beach, Calif.-based program is part of the larger residential/outpatient service company Choices of Long Beach, Inc., also known as Choices Recovery Services. Choices is not a lock-down program; participants submit themselves for treatment to lead a sober life.

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Native American Choices incorporates prayer, dance, song, sweat lodges, smudging and other ceremonies into its modified Native American healing model. “... my primary objective is to revolutionize the quality of recovery services provided to the American Indian recovery community through the use of innovative evidence-based recovery programs that produce increased positive outcomes for all program participants...I think we are well underway to meeting that goal,” said Lic. Sean A. E. Zullo, founder and executive director of Native American Choices.