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Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center


The Basics

Founded in 1972, Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center is a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Poplar, Montana. Located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Spotted Bull offers outpatient treatment, DUI courses and an anger management program for Native American adults and adolescents with addiction issues. Recovery services are free at this state-funded facility.

Treatment and staff

Spotted Bull’s program begins with clients undergoing a three-hour assessment to determine whether they are a good fit for the eight-week individualized Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients in need of detox or inpatient treatment are referred to a nearby residential facility.

IOP treatment consists of both group therapy and individual counseling using CBT. Group sessions take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three hours in the morning. The Monday and Wednesday educational meetings are held in a classroom setting, while the Friday meeting is a “talking circle” format, with clients encouraged to share with the group. Clients are also required to attend one individual counseling session per week.

Typically, the IOP program has between eight and 15 clients working with seven licensed addiction counselors (LCDC/LADC.) Spotted Bull follows a “strength-based change model” with a focus on cultural and spiritual recovery as well as life skills development. They also use the 12 steps and require clients to complete step three before discharge. Both traditional and Native American-based AA meetings are hosted on site, and clients must attend regularly while in the IOP.

Spotted Bull also offers an eight-week adolescent outpatient program. This less intensive option has three one-hour meetings per week, focusing on prevention and the basics of the 12-steps.

Spotted Bull’s four-week DUI program has two-hour sessions twice a week. The program is state-mandated, so clients watch compulsory educational videos and use workbooks to meet state requirements. There is also a four-week anger management program for adults who have a court referral, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 pm to 3 pm.


After discharge from the IOP program, clients step down to Spotted Bull’s six-week aftercare program, which meets twice a week for one-hour group discussions. Clients are still required to attend AA meetings while in aftercare.

Those who have completed the adolescent outpatient program can enroll in Spotted Bull’s adolescent aftercare program which meets twice a week.

Once clients have finished the aftercare program, Spotted Bull has an official graduation ceremony awarding certificates of completion. Although there is no official family program, family members are encouraged to attend the graduation.

In Summary

Spotted Bull provides free outpatient treatment and is a great option for local clients who do not have insurance. The facility focuses on issues unique to the Native American community, with its small enrollment allowing for a high level of individualized care and attention.

Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center
603 ½ Court Ave
PO Box 1027
Poplar, MT 59255

Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center Cost: Free. Reach Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center by phone at (406) 768-3852 or by email at Find Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center on Facebook

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