Walking On is an intervention for Native American adolescents with substance use problems. The intervention was developed and pilot tested through a collaborative, community-based participatory process supported by the Cherokee Nation’s Jack Brown
Center, Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health, and the Centers for American Indian Health at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
Walking On combines the wisdom of Native American philosophies and healing traditions with evidence-based treatments (in particular cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management) and was developed through a community-based participatory research process involving adolescents, parents, community members, elders and traditional healers, clinicians, administrators, and researchers. Our ultimate goal is to establish Walking On as the first evidence-based substance abuse treatment designed to specifically address the clinical needs and cultural preferences of Native American adolescents and their families, a group that has not benefited from a sustained and focused research effort to address their substantial clinical needs.
Novins DK, Boyd ML, Brotherton DT, Fickenscher A, Moore L, Spicer P. Walking On: Celebrating the Journeys of Traumatized Native American Adolescents with Substance Use Problems on the Winding Road to Healing. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44:153-9, 2012. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2012.684628