A New Model for Relapse Prevention and Continuing Care Support

The Sanctuary at Sedona is a pioneer in the field of holistic Non 12 step recovery. We have been doing it longer and more effectively than any other center we are aware of. Our clinical staff has over 175 years of collective experience in addiction relapse and relapse prevention. We’ve done our research and stayed open to whatever science shows. We know that more traditional treatment has worked for many people and we know more traditional continuing care plans have, too. However, the tragic fact is that the majority of those who attempt recovery continue to fail. Statistically, the longer people stay in inpatient treatment, the better their chances of success. The problem becomes the ability or desire to put one’s life on hold for 30 or more days. Another problem is the lack of quality choices in sober living or supportive living arrangements. The biggest issue is that all of your triggers and subconscious signals driving your behaviors are exactly the same and at some point, you will have to face them. With this in mind, we have designed a unique solution to relapse prevention and continuing care support. The Sanctuary program is basically 60 days. 30 residential addiction and trauma resolution and 30 days of continuing care in your home supported by some of the counselors you have worked with during treatment.

Sanctuary at Sedona Integrative Continuing Care Program

The plan is comprehensive and holistic, addressing issues in the body, mind, brain and behavior in 2 months of support past the on-campus treatment phase.

It includes:

  • With the guidance of clinical staff, you will develop your continuing care plan while in treatment. You will have insight into the therapeutic interventions and holistic modalities that you most resonated with and got the most benefit from. This includes interventions to care for the body, mind soul, and spirit.
  • (4) 50-minute phone coaching sessions (one per week) with a care professional from our program you have already built a relationship with
  • Use of the Oura Ring

If you are not inspired by your continuing care plans, you will have difficulty in adhering to them, even with the best of intentions.

Biometrics and Addiction Relapse Prevention

We offer a unique, cutting-edge, and intensive transition plan to our clients for two months after they leave our on-campus program. And, we are excited to include in that plan a pioneering use of technology that gets to the heart of relapse dynamics, allowing quick and effective prevention. We do that with the Oura Ring, which is wearable technology, much like the popular Fitbit that helps us meet fitness goals. Like that device, the Oura Ring gives valuable real-time feedback. Instead of how many more steps we need to meet our daily exercise goal, however, the Oura Ring monitors the bio-markers, or measurable signals within the body and brain, that are important in addiction relapse prevention.  The biometric data is synthesized with emotional data that are entered via smartphone daily during residential treatment.  The system captures up to the minute bio-emotional data that can be used to predict relapse and give you time to take action to stop it.

We’ve long known that the earlier we catch a relapse process in any illness, the greater our chances of successfully intervening are. However, historically, we’ve had to work hard to self-monitor, reflect, analyze and process to get and stay on top of relapse prevention.  It’s an approach that is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and often just a series of best guesses. We’ve had to try to manage sobriety with cumbersome tactics, asking ourselves things like Why am I suddenly so emotional… or unable to think a pleasant or positive thought?  to monitor detrimental processes that may lead us back to substance.

Even with conscientious effort, at best we’ve been left to hope we’re doing the right things. At worst, we’ve developed a terrifying mythology around relapse—believing it is a mysterious process that can l rear its head no matter how well we are doing despite thorough efforts to prevent it. This mythology has left many of us hopeless, feeling sustained sobriety really depends upon the luck of the draw.

The Oura Ring doesn’t rely on hindsight after the emotional overwhelm happens, cravings have beset us, or gloom and doom thinking has secured a powerful grip. We don’t have to process and analyze what’s ‘been going on with us the last few days. We can check that as it happens in our biology.

The Oura Ring shows us relapse warning signs–bio-markers of the earliest relapse process, in real-time, before we can perceive them consciously. We don’t have to wait for them to escalate to reach our awareness. This wearable technology tells us the biological markers of such key risk factors as emotional triggering and stress reactions as they begin, not after they have gained strength and momentum.

The Oura Ring works around our lack of basic, deep-level biology awareness. We are not built to have knowledge of all biological processes that keep us alive and well. Biology does its work without our permission or supervision… cells tend to osmosis… neurons fire… neurotransmitters flow or don’t… stress hormones dump or don’t…

Similarly, the early bio-markers of a relapse process are not on our conscious radar screens. They aren’t ‘readable’ with ordinary body awareness or psychological self-knowledge—at least not until they have amped up to recognizable discomfort or distress. By the time recognizable problems occur, we’ve been in distress far longer than we should, and at-risk far more than is safe.

You might liken the Oura Ring’s benefit to that of monitoring blood pressure. If there have been problems before, we might monitor blood pressure regularly to prevent an acute health crisis in the future. Monitoring allows us to intervene before we are in undeniable, readily apparent distress. Oura Ring technology is similar. It reads significant indicators of addiction relapse early and reports them early, before they can register in conscious discomfort, and before they escalate to acute problems that are difficult to contain.

Essentially, the Oura Ring can be an early warning system. And consequently, it flings open a window of opportunity to prevent a return to substance use. Its data allows us to make easy changes and return to a healthy balance before the relapse process takes hold. The significance of this is profound.  Coupled with the program we have devised around this technology we had a powerful transition plan unlike any ever used in addiction treatment before.

Our continuing care transition plan begins inside the supportive, embracing environment of a therapeutic program, but ultimately and critically, it must continue once one leaves this safe environment. The science and technology surrounding the use of an Oura Ring to transition to a sustainable recovery at home make a profound impact in our work—not simply in the lives of our clients, but across the field of addiction treatment.

The End of Chronic Relapse

Our continuing care transition plan goes to very specific underlying risk factors in the addiction relapse process. The Oura Ring brings us previously undetectable information. We also provide intensive support through smartphone apps, ongoing education, one-to-one support, group support, and nutritional counseling. We help you stay ahead of multiple and significant relapse risk factors, noting them as they first appear, strikingly earlier than we’ve ever been able to before, and providing interventions to reset your course easily.  The plan is comprehensive and holistic, addressing issues in the body, mind, brain, and behavior in 2 months of support past the on-campus treatment phase. It includes:

Into the Deep Details of Risk Factors

Our continuing care transition plan outlined above targets such relapse risk factors such as:

In the Brain, problems with

  • Impulse control
  • Reactions to triggers
  • Goal-oriented behavior
  • Decision-making
  • Attention
  • Postponing gratification
In the Body, problems with

  • Neurotransmitter activity
  • Stress hormone levels
  • Control of cravings
In the mind and in behavior, problems with

  • Memory
  • Habits
  • Managing thinking patterns
  • Managing emotional states
  • Avoidance
  • Sleep

The Pioneers of Holistic Addiction and Trauma Recovery

The Sanctuary at Sedona is gathering its own research data in the use of the Oura Ring and our transition plan. As science goes, we are privy to its powerful effectiveness through direct experience, and now preparing to document this for others to see and use. Our program has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to establish research protocols. We are a pioneer in the field of addiction recovery and trauma resolution and continue to create new paradigms in recovery.  We have set the standard for residential treatment and effective continuing care in the industry. For more information about our treatment program, please contact us or call us at (877) 710-3385.

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