It’s challenging to put into words how profoundly my time at The Sanctuary has assisted me in my healing process. When I chose The Sanctuary for their holistic approach to trauma and addiction treatment, it was my third time to opt for an inpatient setting for myself. In other words, not my first rodeo. I chose The Sanctuary specifically for two reasons: one- it was non-12 step. Two- their focus was at least dual in nature, addressing not only the addicted brain, but also the trauma underlying the behavior. From the moment that I cried watching some of the videos of prior clients to the moment I was picked up by my partner after a 30 day stay, I knew in my heart that I had made the right choice for myself. The staff are unique in their shamanic approach and their own stories. Some have a very personal experience with trauma and addiction, while others are there to share and guide via their spiritual practices. Neuroplasticity is key, as well as science generally (new discoveries are incorporated into the education and group sessions), and equally important is the attention to soul and heart. The importance of literally feeding the body with wholesome, organic and non-inflammatory food is another key element at The Sanctuary, and the weekly sessions about how food and the gut biome affect the brain were some of the most illuminating I was privileged to experience while there.
This is a highly unique environment, based primarily on the Four Winds shamanic teaching. Did all of the elements of that spiritual practice resonate with me? No. Was I able to reinterpret them within a more Celtic/pagan aspect for myself? Absolutely. Did I feel cherished and supported, loved and respected from the moment I arrived? Without a shred of doubt. At my leaving ceremony around the firepit, I sang aloud for the first time in months, encouraged by my fellow journeyers and the staff. As a part of that ceremony, we acknowledge and welcome the presence of all other guests who have sat around the fire before us, and are gifted with our own seat in absentia from that time forward.
I’ve had a great many ups and downs in my year since I was at The Sanctuary, but the tools I was given and that I developed there are coming to full fruition now. For someone seeking an environment of sacred, holistic, neurological-centric healing for trauma and/or addiction, there is truly one one choice, and it’s The Sanctuary at Sedona.