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Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara: Sanctuary House


sanctuary-house-of-santa-barbaraSanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara: Sanctuary House Review

Under the umbrella of Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara, Sanctuary House is a residential facility that offers treatment to men and women who are struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Programs are individualized and implement group and individual therapy, medication management and some vocational training. Therapeutic approaches are both evidence-based and holistic, with offerings such as CBT, DBT and equine therapy. Treatment is executed in a safe, supportive and structured environment.

Accommodations and Food

The Sanctuary House is a historic Victorian home that can accommodate up to 12 clients at a time. The six bedrooms are set up for double occupancy, furnished with full beds, dressers and a desk to share between residents. All linens and bedding are provided, though clients are responsible for doing their own laundry. The two-story facility has a home-like feel and is spacious and comfortable. The living room has three large, plush sofas situated in front of the stone fireplace and the big screen TV where the clients enjoy weekly movie nights. The dining room has a large wooden table with chairs and peeks into the vintage-style kitchen. The backyard offers privacy for reading or relaxing.

Breakfast and lunch are prepared by the kitchen staff at the nearby outpatient facility where clients spend most of the day. For dinner, clients are on a revolving schedule to prepare meals for the house.

Treatment and Staff

The residential treatment programs are designed on a four-phase system that takes four to five months to complete. Programs are highly structured and include daily psychoeducation and group therapy at the facility’s outpatient location, just a few blocks away. Groups cover topics like relapse prevention, identifying triggers, anger management and self-esteem. A large part of treatment also incorporates vocational and independent living skills training. There are also gender-specific groups that focus on trauma, co-occurring disorder groups and referrals for 12-step communities. For clients with a dual diagnosismedication management is also available.

Holistic and expressive methods include art and music therapy, poetry and recreational therapy. Other treatment modalities are mindfulness meditation, ACT, nutrition and health. By the second and third phases, clients are developing an aftercare plan that may include a move to the Sanctuary’s independent living apartments and securing employment.

The staff of Sanctuary House includes a medical director and RNs, psychologists and case managers.


Clients participate in scenic and relaxing hikes in the surrounding Santa Barbara hills and weekly group outings allow clients to check out local galleries or bowling. There are also frequent trips to nature reserves and beaches.

Family therapy can be facilitated in both an individual and group setting. The aftercare program includes weekly check-ins for up to three months.

In Summary

The treatment programs and caring staff at Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara’s Sanctuary House are definite selling points, as is receiving treatment in the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. The highly structured and supportive programs offered are effective and comprehensive, making Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara’s Sanctuary House a valuable resource worth considering.

Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara Location

Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara does not disclose its address in order to protect client privacy.

Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara Cost

$10,850 (30 days). Reach Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara: Sanctuary House by phone at (805) 569-2785. Find Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara on Facebook

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