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Non-12 Step Holistic Treatment

Most addiction treatment programs are rooted in the classic 12-Step approach to recovery. Yet, what if you’ve tried this method only to encounter relapse after relapse? Or, what if you disagree with the tenets of 12-Step recovery? At The Sanctuary at Sedona, we are proud to offer addiction treatment without the 12 steps. 

Our holistic, non-12-step recovery programs for drug and alcohol addiction integrate evidence-based clinical treatment with ancient wisdom and healing modalities. This approach creates an environment where you can find healing for addiction as well as the underlying mental and emotional causes that lie hidden behind addictive behaviors.

The Importance of Non-12 Step Alternatives

We understand what it feels like to try again and again to “fix” what you feel might be “wrong with you” but keep running into the same wall. Repeatedly trying to treat addictions using similar approaches can start to feel like you’re just doing the same thing over and over — which, when you’re in a state of depression, only adds to the sense of hopelessness. 

If you’ve tried everything you can but still find yourself in cycles of relapse, you may get the sense that something is missing, even if you’re not sure what, exactly, it is. You know that something else needs to be done — something truly different from what you already know is not working.

The good news is that there’s nothing wrong with you. What you’re going through is actually quite a common experience for those in 12-Step addiction treatment. Because we’re told that addiction is a chronically relapsing disease, we come to believe it, and our experience of it reflects that. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The Sanctuary at Sedona is not your average rehab. When you first arrive at our non-12 Step treatment center, the first few days will be spent calming your nerves and clearing your body of whatever substances and toxins are in your system. You’ll ease into a simpler pace of life at our facility in the beautiful nature of Sedona. 

And by the time you’re a couple of weeks into treatment, you’ll start to notice a change in perspective. You’ll gain a new outlook on life, on what got you to where you are and on what you’re truly capable of. We know from our experience of helping so many others attain full recovery that this is possible for you, too.

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What Is the Non-12 Step Treatment Approach?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) began in the 1930s and laid a foundation that has been integrated into many addiction treatment programs across the country. While we have a deep respect for this model, which has helped so many overcome addictive behaviors, this approach has both inherent strengths and weaknesses.

Instead of relying on a model created nearly 100 years ago, modern-day addiction science tells us that so much more is possible than was previously believed. Your brain and your genetic expression are capable of dramatic change — and a non-12 Step program to recovery offers those struggling with addiction a different path to follow. 

Our holistic treatment approach at The Sanctuary focuses on the whole person — body, mind, soul and spirit. We incorporate various therapeutic modalities based on what each individual needs. We do more than just treat symptoms. Instead, we seek to uncover the root cause lying behind addiction, such as past trauma, sexual abuse or mental health issues.

What Makes Non-12 Step Holistic Treatment Unique?

The first rule of the 12 Steps states: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” This inherent belief in powerlessness sends the message that no matter what you do or how long you’re sober, you’ll never be able to free yourself from addiction.

We believe you can.

In fact, there’s a possibility that this belief is the reason previous attempts at staying sober may have failed. That’s because it imposes a limitation on your ability to get well, which stops you from progressing beyond a certain point. At our non-12 Step addiction treatment center, you’ll learn how your thoughts and beliefs influence your behaviors — and therefore the outcomes in your life. And you’ll learn how to harness this new knowledge to advance your recovery beyond where you ever thought possible.

How Do Non-12 Step Recovery Programs Work?

Many conventional rehab centers now offer complementary therapies like yoga and meditation. These are wonderful practices that can be very supportive to recovery.

But at The Sanctuary, we don’t just offer alternative therapies as afterthoughts or add-ons. Our program is equally based on mental, physical, emotional and energetic approaches to improving health. And each of these aspects of healing is integrated into a highly organized program that elevates your recovery progress. To us, “holistic” means a complete experience that views you as a whole person and helps you make a significant transition into the next phase of your life.

This is achieved through a combination of therapies, which can include:

… and more. Our practitioners are highly skilled in their areas of expertise and will work with you to customize a program that makes the most sense for who you are and what you need.

Who Benefits Most From Non-12 Step Holistic Integrative Therapy?

Non-12 Step recovery can be for anyone, and we intentionally design our programs to make them inclusive for people of all different backgrounds. We welcome all religions, spiritual beliefs and preexisting frameworks. This means:

  • If your faith is important to you, your practitioner will be happy to include it as an integral part of your treatment process.
  • If you have any aversions based on past experiences or traumas, we’ll make sure you feel as safe and comfortable as possible. You’ll never have to participate in anything you don’t want to.
  • We welcome open conversations about your spirituality, and will gladly answer any questions or concerns you have about the modalities we use.
  • You don’t have to have any prior knowledge of holistic healing techniques. If this is your first time participating in alternative therapy, we’ll make sure to explain everything in a way you can easily understand.
  • If you do have an existing practice, you’ll have a unique opportunity to delve deeper in an extremely supportive setting.

Our humble, down-to-earth team members are always willing to meet you where you’re at. This program is appropriate for anyone who’s ready for something beyond what the 12 Steps were able to offer, or who prefers an alternative approach to treating addiction.

The Advantages of Non-12 Step Holistic Treatment at The Sanctuary

Many 12-Step programs have provided those struggling with addiction a vital sense of fellowship during a critical time in their recovery. However, our non-12 Step program at The Sanctuary blends various addiction treatment modalities to create an integrative approach to your care. Our beautiful 22-acre campus provides a safe place where you never feel alone or isolated in your addiction. Our holistic treatment offers our clients many advantages over standard 12-Step programs, including:

  • Science-based recovery methods. 
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment for those struggling with mental health issues.
  • Behavioral health treatment.
  • Trauma-focused care.
  • IV drip clinic.
  • Intimate and comfortable accommodations.
  • Nutritional gourmet meals.
  • Nutraceutical protocol.
  • Effective continuing care.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Non-12 Step Treatment Program

If you’re weighing your options and considering whether a non-12 Step approach to addiction treatment is right for you, here are some frequently asked questions that can help you decide.


What If I’ve Been Through AA Multiple Times?

If you’ve been through inpatient addiction treatment, 12-Step based programs, AA meetings or any other form of addiction treatment before and still found yourself back at square one, that’s completely okay. This is a normal part of the road to recovery for so many people.

Though this can start to feel like a helpless cycle, one of life’s greatest gifts is that there’s always another day, and another chance to try things a new way. 

You might be surprised to learn that 40% to 60% of people who complete conventional addiction treatment programs end up relapsing at some point. Does this mean that all these people are irreparable? No. We believe that the problem lies not in some inherent character flaw, but in how addiction is typically treated.

What Can I Do to Further Facilitate a Successful Recovery?

At The Sanctuary, we don’t treat you as someone who is ill. Instead, you’re an equal and active participant in your own treatment experience. The only thing this requires is willingness.

The more ready you are to take in new information, be honest with yourself and trust in the healing process, the more rewarding you will find this experience. Though it can be challenging, the potential for progress lies in your willingness to explore parts of yourself that you may have avoided until now. And The Sanctuary is just the place to do it. We’ve created an environment that allows you to fully explore who you are, in an atmosphere of total love and nonjudgment.

Don’t worry — we’ll be right by your side, making sure you feel completely supported throughout your time with us. This is your journey, and our entire team is dedicated to guiding you through this stage of it to the fullest extent. 

Is Full Recovery Without Relapse Possible?

Our non-12 step rehab program is based on the core belief that yes, you can move beyond the abstinence-relapse cycle and into a complete recovery. We call this being recovered.

Conventional addiction messaging tells us that we will always be “in recovery.” This means:

  • You have no power over your addiction.
  • You should always be afraid of relapse.
  • You’re sick.
  • You’re broken.
  • You’re defined by your diagnosis.
  • You can never trust yourself.

But when you’re recovered:

  • You’re empowered to live your most authentic life.
  • You don’t feel the need for compulsive behaviors or substance use.
  • You’re well.
  • You’re whole.
  • You’re not defined by your past.
  • You’re free.

Just because you struggle with trauma or addiction does not mean you have to live the rest of your life as the victim of an inescapable pattern. You may just need some extra attention and awareness paid to parts of you that have been left out of your recovery process. When you have the right tools and support, you can transform your life in ways you never thought possible.

How Does Sanctuary at Sedona Deal With Relapse?

Our program is unique even among other non-12 step rehab programs in that it includes 90 days of complete care to ensure you’re as supported as you need to be — well into your transition back home. This entails:

  • 30 days of inpatient treatment at The Sanctuary’s Sedona campus.
  • Personalized transition planning starting from the beginning of your treatment experience.
  • 60 days of Transition Wellness Coaching:
  • Weekly individual recovery coaching calls to continue forward on the path you started
  • Weekly group calls to stay connected with your Sanctuary family and put your recovery skills into practice
  • Connection with coaches, healers and other therapists, according to your needs, who are trusted friends of The Sanctuary.

Our support, of course, doesn’t end when you leave. You remain a valuable member of our family and are always welcome to get in touch when you have concerns or need further resources. We are completely dedicated to your well-being and success.

What Our Clients Say About Our Non-12 Step Treatment Facility for Addiction

Here’s how a few Sanctuary alumni remember their time with us:

“A miracle. It is magical. The staff, clients, and the land are so connected. I felt loved, heard, and accepted from day one. I felt safe and supported expressing myself. Judgement-free zone 100% of the time.”

“The first truly safe place I’ve been where you learn who you really are at a soul level.”

“This place and all the practitioners, the community and everyone who comes here – this isn’t a ‘normal’ place to come for healing. Six weeks in, I was starting to feel like a million bucks. I stayed for eight weeks, and I was able to change so much about myself; so much about how I think; to kind of obliterate my negative thinking. I really changed who I was and destroyed some core beliefs. I was stuck in that depressive phase for so long that I didn’t understand that concept of change… but once you make that first step, you can actually unlock whatever you’re trying to. If anyone has just the smallest willingness, and they do it, life can drastically change. This place taught me how to change, and supported me in doing it. I changed because I got the best support that I could ever wish for. This place really saved my life.”

“An amazing place to heal if you are willing to be open-minded.”

Why Choose The Sanctuary’s Holistic Treatment Program

Maybe it’s not that you haven’t done enough. Maybe you just haven’t done the right kind of treatment for you. 

This journey is not just about “receiving” treatment. It’s about creating — for yourself — a new way of being in the world. Our goal is to empower you with everything you need to do just that.

At our holistic addiction recovery center, you’ll learn through your experiences here what it’s like to feel loved, be valued, and have a healthy relationship with yourself and those around you. You’ll learn how to take better care of your body, how to support your brain in creating resilient mental health, and how to engage in the things that nourish your soul.

You’ll leave here with new seeds planted, and another opportunity to have an amazing life — and to sustain that transformation. And everyone here will have your back, the whole way through.

Learn More About Non-12 Step Addiction Recovery at The Sanctuary

Your time is now. Whether you’re searching for addiction recovery without 12 steps near you or need to get away and focus on your healing, we are here for you. Reach out today to speak with a trained counselor or to learn more about our holistic, non-12 step treatment programs.

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