Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab?

Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab?

Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab? The idea of rehab can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be! Not all rehabs are sterile, hospital-like environments. In fact, many clients of The Sanctuary get so much out of this incredible healing journey that they decide to extend their stay or come back to support others after they’ve completed the program. 

Drug rehabilitation at The Sanctuary differs from mainstream 12-Step treatment centers. Here’s an idea of what you can expect during each part of your journey with us. 


It all starts with a simple phone call. From there, our dedicated admissions coordinator will personally help you every step of the way. Whether it’s helping you find a convenient flight, connecting you with a partnered sober coach who can accompany you for your travel or simply offering words of encouragement, we’ll spend as much time as it takes to make sure you get here safely and comfortably.   

We know rehab is a big decision – and we’re here to demystify the process for you. We’re more than happy to provide the information you need, answer any questions you have and help you sort out your logistics so that you can get on the path to the recovery you need.  


Drug Rehabilitation: What is it Like to Attend Rehab? Before you begin treatment, you’ll receive detailed assessments that help us gain a better understanding of who you are, what brought you here, and what you’re hoping to get out of rehab. We look at all areas of your life and use this to inform a treatment program that’s completely personalized to you. Information we’ll gather may include: 

  • What trigger caused you to seek treatment
  • What you want from your rehab experience
  • Your strengths, needs, and preferences
  • Your medication and medical history 
  • Your substance abuse history 
  • Traumas
  • Relationships 
  • Cultural considerations and minority stress
  • Spiritual beliefs 
  • Your living environment, responsibilities, and quality of life 

You’ll also receive a psychiatric exam with our board-certified psychiatrist and a medical exam with our on-staff nurse.

Adjusting and Settling In 

The first part of your stay with us is focused on calming your nervous system, and helping you feel comfortable in our space. It’s also of utmost importance to us to treat you with dignity and respect. When you arrive, we don’t search through your luggage or give you a hospital band. We invite you to dinner with our family of staff and guests, and we hold a small ceremony to welcome you and invite you to set intentions for your stay. After a few days of clean eating, good rest, and walks in Sedona’s restorative natural landscapes, you’ll start to feel more relaxed and ready to dive into deeper issues. 

The Healing Journey

Now, the real work uncovering and healing the root causes of your addiction begins. The Sanctuary’s non-12-Step drug rehab program is based on a four-part journey designed to take you through all the necessary phases of the healing process for a complete recovery. This journey helps you to: 

  • Shed the limiting narratives of your past
  • Uncover deeply held, hidden issues causing your addiction
  • Discover your true passions 
  • Implement what you’ve learned on your journey to create the life you want

Measuring Your Progress

At The Sanctuary, we use a technique called brain mapping to measure your mental activity. The changes in your brain reflect the changes in your life – and recent decades of neuroscience prove the brain’s ability to adapt and change. After several weeks of living at our peaceful campus, eating a nutrient-rich diet, and participating in an array of healing therapies, new areas of your brain begin to grow, and the ones that were active during your addiction begin to subside. By comparing a brain map taken at the end of your treatment to the one taken when you first arrived, you’re able to see with your own eyes what kind of changes have happened as a result of your rehab experience. 

Aftercare: Transition Wellness Coaching

Our 90-day drug rehabilitation program entails 30 days of residential treatment, followed by 60 days of highly involved continuing care. This Transition Wellness Coaching program includes: 

  • Action planning and accountability tracking to integrate the goals you set in treatment 
  • One individual counseling session per week 
  • One group coaching call per week 
  • Continued addiction coursework that builds on what you’ve learned 
  • Connection to local resources such as therapists, healers, coaches and support groups 

We also use biometrics to understand what’s physically and mentally going on inside of you. From your first day at The Sanctuary, you’ll wear the leading-edge Ora Ring device, which measures your heart rate variability, activity levels and sleep patterns in real-time to help you predict and prevent relapse triggers.

Drug Rehab can be an Amazing, Life-changing Experience

You don’t have to be stuck in a perpetual state of managing your drug addiction. You can move beyond being in recovery and into living a life that’s fulfilling, inspiring, and free of addiction.  

The Sanctuary is a drug rehab center unlike any other – where you can find complete healing for all levels of your being. Sustainable change starts by taking those first steps towards living an empowered life. 

Contact us to get started today. 

If you would like more information, about Holistic Addiction Recovery or any of our holistic non 12 step addiction recovery programs you can contact us by phone at (877) 710-3385, or by email at [email protected]

He is the Founder, Administrator, Counselor at the Sanctuary at Sedona.

He has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; a Member of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. [email protected]