Holistic Drug Treatment Center

Holistic Drug Treatment Center. Cycling through the same rehab program isn’t just frustrating – it’s disheartening. The idea of starting over becomes a source of stress for many. The added pressure to perform leads to negative inner dialogues that can cause a world of anxiety.

If you’ve journeyed through the same rehabilitation process before and long for something different, you’re not alone.

Over 95% of rehabs in the US are based on the 12-Step method. That means most people who’ve been to rehab or AA have followed these steps. While they’re certainly a helpful recovery resource and offer crucial support in the early stages of recovery, one approach doesn’t work for everyone.

For those seeking something new, standard 12-Step-based rehabs aren’t the only recovery option out there. There’s been a rising interest in holistic drug treatment centers over the years. As a result, more people are embracing additional alternative therapies in treatment programs.

Enter The Sanctuary at Sedona. Our approach is to look at the complete picture of your health, going beyond alternative add-ons.

Addiction isn’t just a mental health issue – it also impacts the body, soul, and spirit. Its toxicity penetrates the body’s cells. We lose parts of the soul, our true self, to addiction. It imbalances our energy system, leaving us immunocompromised.

The Sanctuary’s holistic non-12 Step treatment for addiction addresses these factors to get to the root of your addiction issues. Being a non-12 Step rehab, we have a unique program compared to conventional treatment centers. That doesn’t mean we’re anti-12 Step. It just means we employ a different approach to recovery, which stems from the fundamental belief that you can be recovered


What Does Holistic Mean?

Holistic is defined as “the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.”

Other important principles of holistic medicine include the following:

  • You are a person, not a disease.
  • Humans possess the innate ability to heal.
  • Treatments address your entire wellbeing.
  • Healing takes a collaborative effort between you and your practitioners.
  • To truly heal, we need to get to the root cause of the issue.

Holistic treatments range from yoga and nature walks (for a healthier relationship with your body) to sound therapy (for a calmer mind). That doesn’t mean holistic rehabs ignore conventional therapies like CBT. Rather, alternative therapies, mindfulness tools, and evidenced-based treatment are woven together into a well-rounded program.

Why is this important for substance abuse recovery?

Holistic practice views your mind, body, soul, and spirit as a unified network. Any disruption to one part affects the others. For example, people who suffer from depression often report feelings of emptiness (a void in the soul) accompanied by bodily symptoms like fatigue and insomnia. That’s the mind-body-soul connection at work.

A holistic approach addresses every layer of substance abuse – every facet of your unified network – to help you reach optimal wellness.

How are Holistic Techniques Used to Treat Substance Abuse?

Holistic techniques are used to treat addiction at all levels (the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical) leaving no part neglected.

At The Sanctuary Holistic Drug Treatment Center, the following holistic techniques are integrated into our program:

Treating the Mind

  • Psychology sessions
  • Group therapy
  • Emotional self-regulation sessions
  • Recovery coaching
  • Meditation training

How do these treatments support substance abuse recovery? These therapies help you identify your disempowering thoughts and any dysfunctional patterns you may exhibit. With the help of professional therapists, you’ll be able to safely explore and address issues like addiction and codependency.

Treating the Body

  • Movement therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Organic superfood program
  • Hikes through Sedona’s world-renowned landscapes

How do these treatments support substance abuse recovery? Diet and exercise influence how your brain functions. A healthy diet, along with physical movement, supports your brain’s ability to self-repair and your body’s ability to heal, all while releasing the toxicity of addiction from your cells.

Treating the Soul

  • Therapeutic bodywork
  • Creative visualization
  • Expressive art therapies
  • Sound healing therapy
  • Rites of passage therapy

How do these treatments support substance abuse recovery? These therapies help you connect with your most authentic, genuine self. This is the side of you that thrives on connection, love and self-expression. By getting to know that side, you’ll discover the things that make your life rich with meaning.

Treating the Spirit

  • Energy medicine therapies
  • Understanding the use of energy medicine in addiction recovery
  • Restoring balance to the energy system
  • Clearing disruptive energy patterns

How do these treatments support substance abuse recovery? Energy medicine helps restore the nervous system so that you’re not in a constant hypervigilant state. These therapies combined promote spiritual grounding, a key factor in mental wellbeing.

How Effective are Holistic Techniques for Treating Addiction?

Our bodies have an innate ability to heal. We have the power to facilitate that healing.

Conventional addiction treatment models view addiction as a chronic, lifelong disease. But there’s been a paradigm shift in the scientific community. New discoveries show it’s possible to train our brains to create new neural pathways. We’re also capable of influencing our genes.

These discoveries, called epigenetics and neurogenesis, have changed our understanding of addiction treatment. 

Epigenetics and What it Means for Addiction Treatment

Scientists have discovered that your DNA can be modified by external factors. Epigenetics is the study of such modifications.

The choices you make, your thoughts, beliefs, and surrounding environment, all influence your genes.

This discovery challenges previously held beliefs that addiction is predetermined by your genetics (and is therefore incurable). By changing your thought patterns, you can actually alter your DNA at the cell level. You are capable of shedding cellular memory related to self-destructive behaviors and thoughts. Neither your life nor your genes are predetermined.

Neurogenesis and What it Means for Addiction Treatment

The brain used to be viewed as a static organ impervious to change. We have since moved far past that belief. Modern neuroscience highlights the brain’s ability to form new neurons (neurogenesis) and create new neural pathways.

Drug use interferes with how our brain cells communicate and, over time, ‘numbs’ our mind. But it is possible to create new neural pathways even after prolonged substance abuse. Your brain’s ability to do this is affected by your body’s emotional state. So while drug abuse decreases this ability, holistic practices like exercise and meditation have the opposite effect. They actually boost the brain’s capacity to form new neurons.

Holistic techniques are effective in helping you create lasting neurological changes. You’re not predisposed to being a lifelong addict and you can rewire your brain, shedding the desire to use again. You can find even more fulfillment in other areas of life. Our holistic, non-12 Step treatment center lets you explore those areas.

What Causes Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a symptom of unresolved trauma. It’s a coping mechanism for something deeper that’s bothering us. We use drugs as a way to deal with discomfort. With all the external stressors of daily life, some people take substances just to get through the day.

Addiction takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. In the process, you lose touch with your authentic self.

What is your authentic self? This is your pure, genuine side – the inner you, full of life and joy. As you gain more life experience, that side becomes increasingly suppressed. Connection to your authentic self (the part of you that feels joy, belonging, connection, and love) fades even further after experiencing trauma.

The impact of trauma. As you’re pulled further away from your authentic self, finding personal fulfillment becomes difficult. Trauma leaves a void inside us. Consequently, we seek external ways to fill that void, whether that’s overexertion at work or substance abuse.

Recovering your authentic self. Some view addiction as a wake-up call – a voice telling us we need to heal and recover our true self. The silver lining is that it’s possible to rediscover that side again. Through a blend of clinical therapies and holistic techniques (like daily mindfulness practice), you can find your life’s passions once more.

Science has already proven that we can influence our genes and retrain our brain for transformational, lasting change.

Different Types of Holistic Treatment for Drug Addiction

Holistic treatments for drug addiction go beyond just treating symptoms of addiction. They address every aspect of you – mind, body, soul, and spirit.

Mind. Treatments for the mind include therapy sessions, daily mindfulness practice, meditation, and recovery coaching. These help us heal from issues that often co-occur with addiction, like anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Body. Substance abuse damages our body in many ways, so nutrition and exercise therapy is especially important. We often neglect the body during times of addiction. Our diet suffers, throwing off the digestive system; we ignore exercise, weakening the muscles; we undereat or overeat, dysregulating our hormones. Holistic therapies for the body are designed to repair these damages.

Soul. Parts of the soul, where your life-purpose lives, become lost to trauma or addiction. Holistic treatments are designed to retrieve that side of yourself through art, dance, nature, and rites of passage ceremonies.

Spirit. Every human has a spirit, or an energy body. With trauma and addiction, imprints for diseases can show up in our energy bodies, dysregulating the nervous system. Energy medicine techniques restore balance to your energy body.

At The Sanctuary, we integrate these treatments in our comprehensive non-12 Step program, making sure you’re guided through all aspects of recovery at a pace that suits you.

What are the Different Types of Drug Addiction Therapies?

Most rehabs offer both inpatient and outpatient care. Inpatient treatment brings you onsite: you’ll be living with others who are also a part of the program, receive direct counseling, actively engage in therapies, adjust to healthier diets and stay in a safe environment that places you far away from triggers and stressors.

The Sanctuary’s inpatient program includes a blend of the following drug addiction therapies:

  • Clinical therapeutic evidenced therapies
  • Alternative complementary treatment modalities
  • Life skill classes and recovery practice

Meanwhile, our outpatient care is provided as a continuation of inpatient treatment. We offer follow-up therapy sessions and methods for actively implementing what you’ve learned during your time with us. We also point you in the direction of trusted local partners who offer therapies you’ve found most helpful.

Is Holistic Non-12 Step Treatment Right for Me?

Conventional Western addiction treatment alone sometimes stops short of getting to the root cause of the trauma behind addiction. That’s why some people opt for alternative therapies. 

The Sanctuary’s premier holistic drug treatment centers, non-12 Step  program could be right for you if:

  • You’ve cycled through 12-Step programs before
  • After completing a rehab program, you persistently felt that something was still missing
  • You want to go to rehab while keeping your anonymity
  • You are looking for a different method of treatment for substance abuse
  • You desire life-long change

Discover Recovery and Transformational Change at The Sanctuary Holistic Drug Treatment Center

“We all believe that this integrative approach is the model for anybody who no longer wants to be caught and stuck in their past and no longer wants to be in the cycle of relapse to suffering,” says Kelley Alexander, our Director of Alternative and Contemporary Health.

At The Sanctuary, every member of our leadership and clinical team holds firm to the belief that you can recover from addiction.

Our integrative treatments open up the path to healing at all levels. We help guide you down that course in a way that accommodates whichever stage you’re in. And if one path doesn’t work for you, we encourage you to explore others.

It is possible to create transformational change that lasts a lifetime. The type of change where you find fulfillment without substances. Where you rediscover life’s joys. You can be free from the chains of addiction.

Contact us today to begin your journey.

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