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Walking On

That to Help Yourself With on Your Walk to Recovery

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.

  • To learn more about our project team (including our Steering Committee), please visit our Project Team page.
  • To view project presentations and abstracts of publication, please visit our Publications page.
  • To receive periodic updates about our project via email, please visit our Project Updates page.


The development and pilot testing of Walking On is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (R34 MH 077872).

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
Phone: 303-724-1414 • Fax: 303-724-1474
Street Address: 13055 E. 17th Ave. • Mailing Address: Mail Stop F800, Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, 13055 E. 17th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045

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