What Makes Integrative Addiction Recovery Different?

Over the last decade, there has been a welcome expansion in options for addiction recovery beyond the traditional 12 Step model. With just a little research, it is possible to identify numerous alternatives in treatment programs offering “Non-12 Step” and “Holistic” approaches to addiction recovery. The nature and scope of these programs, however, vary widely and each offers a different interpretation of what these terms mean and how they are applied in a 30-day, residential addiction treatment program setting.

The Sanctuary has been the pioneer in both Non-12 step and in alternative/holistic addiction treatment for the past decade. Our founder, Dean Taraborelli, had a clear vision of what the new paradigm of addiction treatment needed to be after his own 30-year battle with substance addiction and 20 years spent in some type of inpatient or outpatient treatment protocol.

From first-hand experience, Dean saw that the conventional addiction treatment model of 12 step coupled with drug protocols were not working for him or anyone else. He and many others were victim to the “revolving-door syndrome,” where the repetitive cycle of sobriety, relapse and treatment prevailed.

After years of research and deep healings though various traditional and alternative therapeutic modalities, it became clear that the only way to be recovered from addiction was to heal the entire being through a holistic, integrative approach. The mind, the emotional/physical/energy body, soul and spirit must all be addressed and healed for recovery to be lasting. Addiction is a symptom of the entire human system, not just a disease of the brain or a character defect of some kind.

That being said, holistic/integrative treatment is not as simple as adding yoga, meditation, reiki, bodywork or other alternative healing modalities to an established 12-Step program. Nor is it merely refocusing the treatment to identifying the root cause of the addiction and then offering a limited scope of therapeutic modalities, primarily focused on cognitive behavioral and talk therapy. Holistic, integrative addiction treatment is science-based and requires that equal attention be given to the each aspect of the whole person – mind, body, soul and spirit.

The Sanctuary at Sedona has refined its program over time with much success with its clients. The components of our integrative addiction recovery program include:

  • 160+ clinical treatment hours with a significant focus on individual treatment hours.

  • Psychiatric evaluation and consultation with a board-certified psychiatrist and Medical Doctor with a specialization in functional medicine.

  • Locally sourced organic, gluten and dairy-free gourmet meals and snacks as part of a holistic nutrition program

  • Program directors and senior staff who live on property and interact with residents daily.

  • A nutraceutical brain repair and detoxification protocol.

  • Measurable results with brainmapping and other outcome measuring tools.

  • Clinical therapeutic evidenced therapies, including:

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy

    • EMDR

    • Trauma touch therapy

    • Somatic experiencing (SEP)

    • Acceptance commitment therapy

    • Holotropic breathwork

    • Body image therapies

    • Gestalt

    • Inner child therapy

    • Depth psychology

    • HeartMath/biofeedback

    • Brain mapping

    • Jungian shadow work

    • Couples and family therapy

    • TRE® – Tension, stress and trauma release

    • Individual and group process therapy

  • Alternative complimentary treatment modalities, including:

    • Nutritional therapy

    • Energy medicine therapies

    • Guided imagery in music therapy

    • Expressive art therapies

    • Sound healing therapy

    • Movement therapy

    • Nature ecotherapy

    • Mindfulness meditation

    • Therapeutic bodywork

    • Yoga

    • Exercise

    • Rites of passage therapy

    • Creative visualization

  • Life Skill Classes/Recovery Tools and Daily Practices, including

    • Classes on the science of addiction recovery

    • Skills coaching

    • Recovery coaching

    • Emotional self-regulation skills

    • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention

For more information about our program philosophy, please read more about our approach, or call us at 1.877.710.3385.