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Sanctuary Recovery Center

Sanctuary Recovery Center


Sanctuary Health Group runs two separate addiction treatment facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Backed with evidence-based modalities and holistic therapies, Sanctuary at Cherry Hill is one of 154 private facilities in the state of New Jersey, providing a variety of outpatient care options, as well as support for program alumni and families.


Sanctuary Recovery Center offers partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and standard outpatient care. Participants of PHP and IOP are encouraged to reside in sober living as they take part in treatment for issues related to anxiety, abuse, self-esteem, and other factors that may contribute to addictive behavior. Standard outpatient care best serves clients integrating back into the community.

During treatment, clients attend a mix of individual and group therapy sessions that focus on relapse prevention and building healthy relationships. Clients are also encouraged to become involved in self-help programs within the community, such as 12-Step, in conjunction with its programming.

Along with traditional treatment approaches, clients also participate in a range of holistic and alternative treatments, such as music and art therapy, exercise sessions, yoga, and therapeutic massages.

As part of the recovery process, Sanctuary Recovery Center invites loved ones to attend psychoeducational groups and health workshops to improve their relationships and better understand addiction. Program graduates can connect with one another via ongoing alumni gatherings.


Sanctuary Recovery Center employs a team of licensed therapists who work one-on-one with clients to help them set and reach attainable goals.


Sanctuary at Cherry Hill is a 5,600-square foot facility that has a fitness center, massage room, and lounge area. Licensed therapists guide residents through art, drum, and yoga therapy.


In the sole survey response for to date, alum Luke was highly critical of this program. Aside from the areas of accommodations and cleanliness, Luke gave ratings of either one or two out of five stars for the facility’s family programming, the counseling options, treatment effectiveness, staff experience and training, and its exercise/leisure and holistic opportunities, amongst other categories.

Luke also claimed that he was not provided with aftercare, that staff were “untrained,” that the facility was unprepared when he first arrived, and that the program did not align with how it was described to him. “I wouldn’t ever go back there or have any of my loved ones go there due to the fact that they are unprepared and are more focused on the insurance money they are getting than the actual care of the clients,” he wrote.. “Worst program ever.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY has yet to receive any reviews from loved ones to date, however, the single individual reviewing the facility on Google reviews shared details of his frustrating experience dealing with the facility’s billing department:

“We cancelled our credit cards to prevent The Sanctuary from making add’l charges against our credit cards and we disputed the last four charges made on these cards. The credit card company has resolved the first two of these charges in favor of The Sanctuary, because The Sanctuary responded to them that these charges were valid,” he wrote.[1]

On the facility’s Facebook page, which the facility can manage, eight individuals gave the facility an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. It should be noted that many reviewers seemed to be acquainted with the facility and its staff, and the sole alum reviewer gave the facility a one-star rating, also reporting billing issues[2]


According to its website, Sanctuary Recovery Center accepts most health insurance plans. The single survey respondent left one out of five stars for both program affordability and cost-worthiness.


Reviews about Sanctuary Recovery Center

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • The sanctuary is easily the most effective treatment center I have ever been to. You can’t go in expecting a vacation spa treatment where you will be pampered for a month. But you can go in and expect to meet a very helpful staff that will not only make you feel comfortable but they will also prepare you for when you go back into your house or next level of treatment. At the sanctuary we went to the gym 3 days a week, had intense yoga classes and also easy yoga classes. We went to buffets a few times, bowling alley, and movie theater. I definitely had fun during my stay but more importantly, I met some of the most motivated and inspiring people that I have ever met in my life. Just to make 2 Eric and Mitch are one of a kind. The whole staff is excellent in every way though. There is also a woman named Alexa who will go above and beyond to make sure I have the least amount of stress leaving treatment. This treatment facility is the key to success if you apply It!
  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • I attended this new program. I was one of the first clients. They were very unprepared when I got there. The house I was living in was unfurnished. The program itself seemed very shaky they didn�t have a solid criteria and they were admitting a lot of people at once (because they were a new program). The amenities they claimed to have being spa treatment and acupuncture among other things such as yoga and music and art therapy they didn�t have for my entire stay there, until after I was discharged into IOP (intense out patient) which was their �step down� after completing the 28 day program. When I was discharged I wasn�t given an aftercare plan or any medication follow up or therapy after care. I wouldn�t ever go back there or have any of my loved ones go there due to the fact that they are unprepared and are more focused on the insurance money they are getting than the actual care of the clients. You live one place and program at another and they provide transportation and it was clean. No clear aftercare, untrained staff, you live in one place and program in another. Selling you one place and finding it was totally different. Worst program ever.