Frequently Asked Questions

What is an addiction?

In simple terms, addiction is a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. In addition to alcohol, drugs and chemicals, addiction includes abnormal psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, internet, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV, money, self-injury and shopping. Addictions are symptoms of underlying emotional, physical or soul issues, so we do not treat addictions. We work with you to identify and face the root causes of your addicting behaviors so you can eventually step beyond recovery and symptom management into being whole and recovered.

Am I Addicted?

While excessive use and abuse of alcohol, drugs and food can be obvious addictions, the abuse of prescription drugs is an epidemic affecting millions. Prescription drugs often have serious side effects, are highly addictive and drain us of our life force energy. Additionally, obsessive use of the internet, video games, gambling and pornography are examples of a broad range of process addictions. If anything is having an ongoing negative impact or taking up excess time, thoughts or energy in your life, you most likely have an addiction.

Are Addictions Incurable Diseases?

No. A disease is any disturbance or anomaly in the normal functioning of the body. Most diseases are caused by some type of mind/body/soul/spirit imbalance. We believe addiction is also caused by an imbalance. The disease will persist as long as the imbalance exists. Relapse or picking up another self-defeating behavior is common when we do not resolve the underlying imbalance in our lives. Our Integrative Addiction Recovery℠ program addresses the underlying imbalance which allows the disease to heal.

What Do You Mean I Can Be “Recovered”, and Not Just In Recovery?

At The Sanctuary, we define “recovery” differently than how it is defined in traditional treatment centers, 12-step programs, or the allopathic medical paradigm. In the traditional paradigm, recovery describes the process of combating a disorder. The word implies an ongoing disease-oriented process. In this paradigm, you are never fully healed nor do you ever get completely better. In the new paradigm, you do fully heal and you do get completely better. We believe that addictions and disorders are symptoms of underlying issues and that it is possible to identify and resolve these issues and to move into a state of being recovered. Being recovered means that you are no longer defined or identified by a disease, diagnosis or any other disempowering or dysfunctional label.

When I Am “Recovered” Can I Continue to Use My Substance of Choice or Other Dysfunctional Behavior? (i.e. Can I Drink Socially Then?)

No, because you are not going to want to. Through living the process of Integrative Addiction Recovery℠, you no longer have the desire, obsession or compulsion to engage in hurtful, numbing or harmful behavior. This is not fear based, but rather from desire and excitement for the unfolding of your life. You will want to be present and vital for your life as you won’t want to miss anything.

Do I Have to be Labeled an “Addict” or Have Some Other Clinical Diagnosis to Come to The Sanctuary?

No. At The Sanctuary, we work with the clients to resolve underlying causes of imbalance that produce symptoms like addictions, depression, physical maladies or even a generalized sense of fear or despair. “Addictions” are not just related to the abuse of drugs (illegal and prescribed), alcohol, food, sex or gambling. Addictions are any patterns of behavior or habits that no longer serve you and are often perceived as creating “bad” feelings and are out of your control. We work with people who are stuck, and no matter what the label or diagnosis, we help them get past their blocks.

Other Than Addiction, How Does Underlying Pain, Trauma And Suffering Manifest In a Person’s Life?

Other symptoms include codependency, family of origin issues, PTSD, depression, anxiety, numbness, eating disorders, dysfunctional relationships and anger. Rather than focusing on the symptoms, resulting in a lifetime of fear based symptom management; Integrative Addiction Recovery℠ focuses on the underlying causes of disease and imbalance.

Is The Sanctuary Right for Me?

The Sanctuary is appropriate for adults seeking sustainable change in their lives and who are willing to take decisive action to get there. You must be medically stable, willing and able to take responsibility for yourself during your stay. You are not supervised or medically monitored. We guide you through a process but it is ultimately you that must step into your destiny.

How is The Sanctuary Different From Other Addiction Treatment Programs or Healing Programs?

The Sanctuary is intimate and very private. Because of our intentionally small size, we offer unparalleled personal attention and one-on-one time. We truly tailor your visit to meet your individual goals. Staff is always present and available so you are attended to and supported at every step of your process.

What Do You Mean by Releasing Cellular Memory and Changing DNA?

Trauma is stored in the cells, not just in the brain. When we release trauma at the cellular level, there is the opportunity for sustainable shift. DNA is the blueprint that provides the body with instructions on how to live, heal, as well as how to become sick and age. It is proven that DNA responds to human intention as evidenced by the power of prayer. It is well-documented that those who are prayed for get better than those who are not. Similarly, our beliefs about ourselves directly and profoundly affect our health and vitality. Our healing techniques facilitate cellular memory release and shift DNA that result in changes to the physical and emotional body.

What Do You Mean by “Transformational”?

Transformation means a complete change, which implies that it is permanent or sustainable. Many of us have had powerful and meaningful experiences at spas, conferences, in therapy and treatment centers that while enriching were not sustainable and did not facilitate transformation. Everything at The Sanctuary was created with transformation as the intent. The healing programs are only the start. The environment, from the land to the art in the rooms, to the videos and music, to the ceremonies – all promote change.

How Long Do I Need to Stay at The Sanctuary In Order to Feel Better and Make a Sustainable Change?

In order to allow yourself the gift of healing and sustainable transformation, we recommend that you allow yourself 30 days. Although this may sound like a lot of time, it is the minimum amount of time that, in our experience, will allow you to make the deep cellular changes that you need to feel better and to step into who you truly are and your highest destiny. This will allow you to not only heal but also to learn, practice and absorb the teachings in an intimate setting removed from your everyday world that may be full of stressors, triggers and distractions. In some cases, some clients may need to stay longer than 30 days.

Does The Sanctuary Adhere to a Traditional 12 Step Program?

While we honor and respect all programs and traditions, we do not adhere to the traditional 12 steps. We are here to take you beyond where the steps have left you. We consider ourselves a step beyond conventional treatment, most being 12 step based. Our philosophy is transcending and overcoming any addiction, behavior or illness, rather than living with a disease or diagnosis. We help you to create new neural networks and restructure your cellular blueprint.

Is The Sanctuary a Clinically Licensed Treatment Facility With Clinically Licensed Practitioners?

Yes, The Sanctuary is licensed by The Arizona Department of Health as an Adult Residential Behavioral Health Facility. This license covers behavioral health disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. This license also covers substance use disorders such as drug abuse, prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse and dual diagnosis.

Why Should I Consider an Alternative to Traditional Treatment and/or Mainstream Western Medicine?

While some individuals respond well to traditional therapies alone, the vast majority do not. As example, prescription antidepressant drug use has increased a dramatic 75% in the last decade with 27 million Americans currently using antidepressants, many taking more than one type at a time. Top treatment centers in the nation show staggering rates of recidivism, with at least 54% of those in treatment having been there at least once before. Obviously, there is room for improvement, and we believe that The Sanctuary’s Integrative Addiction Recovery℠ program is a viable alternative that offers our clients the best of what western medicine offers (psychiatry, psychology, therapy) and so much more. We take you beyond where medication, treatment or therapy alone can.

Does The Sanctuary Accept Insurance?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Medicare and Medicaid insurances, including AHCCCS (Access) Arizona.

We work with other insurance companies and with a leading insurance billing company to get the most benefits possible for your treatment. In order for you to use insurance benefits to pay for your treatment you will need:

  1. Sufficient coverage for residential treatment as part of your insurance policy, and
  2. To meet symptom criteria for residential treatment as established by insurance companies, also known as “medical necessity”

We will give you information about the benefits you have available through your insurance and the estimated amount of your personal financial responsibilities (including co-insurance, deductible and balance not covered by your insurance). We will also give you our best guess as to whether your issues and symptoms meet criteria to access residential treatment benefits that you have on your policy.

We also work with self-pay (cash) clients individually for those clients who are not working with insurance and/or who want to participate in our intensive holistic residential treatment program regardless of whether it is covered by their insurance.

Can My Presence at The Sanctuary Be Kept Confidential?

We understand that certain individuals wish to keep their anonymity while in the program, and The Sanctuary’s location and philosophy are extremely well-suited for this purpose. Positioned on a private, gated road and nestled within thousands of acres of National Forest, The Sanctuary clients, should they wish, can be fully isolated from the prying eyes of the public, acquaintances, friends, and/or family. Further, when questioned by third parties, it is our policy to neither confirm nor deny the past, present or future presence of any client at The Sanctuary.

Do You Offer Drug and Alcohol Medically-Assisted Detoxification Services?

No. The Sanctuary is not a medical facility and thus, we do not provide detoxification services that require medical supervision. However, for those guests requiring detox, we have established relationships with various detox facilities in Phoenix, central and northern Arizona. Additionally, we can arrange for detoxification in your area prior to your arrival. Once you are medically stable and cleared, we can then help you through your remaining detoxification process.

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