Sanford House

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Sanford House offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals with alcohol and/or substance addiction. The program includes 12-step methods, group therapy, individual counseling, family support and more. Sanford House is located at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sanford House Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

What does Sanford House offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Oftentimes, those who need help do not get the treatment they need because it means putting their life on hold. IOP allows for continuation of everyday activities while integrating effective strategies to manage recovery and day-to-day life. IOP is available to those adults, 18 or older, who live within reasonable driving distance from Sanford House. Or for those in sober housing or a home environment who may have completed a residential program and need additional support. IOP is not for everyone. Clients are expected to maintain a sober lifestyle while living independently. Regular drug and alcohol screens are performed by Sanford House staff. An IOP Program has many of the same aspects of a Residential Program. IOP clients attend IOP specific group therapy and group wellness activities or excursions. There may also be homework assignments. Participants in IOP are able to implement new recovery knowledge and skills in their home environment while processing the experience in a safe and supportive setting.

Outpatient (OP)

Sanford House provides a welcoming atmosphere for residential and IOP alumnae. Whether it is for continuation of treatment support services or the convenience of close proximity to work, school or loved ones, individual counseling provides another opportunity for ongoing treatment outside of the residential program. Outpatient services allow former clients to maintain their counseling relationship during their transition out of treatment services. Most outpatient clients see their Sanford House counselor once a week and they see the same counselor in which they established a relationship during treatment. Counseling is designed to build on each individual’s inner strengths, guide our clients in setting short term goals and long term goals. It also provides a blueprint for maintaining and balancing everyday life and recovery. Individual counseling offers a safe and private space devoted to growth, development and successful long-term sobriety.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment means you stay on-site at Sanford House for a period of time. Their comprehensive programs might span a month or longer. This choice provides a structured living environment in which to recover. Residential clients live at Sanford House while they attend group and individual therapy, wellness activities (including exercise, spiritual growth and creative expression) and community events. Meals are prepared by our house chef, and staff provides transportation to AA and NA meetings. There are also many opportunities for experiencing events around Grand Rapids and robust, out-of-doors excursions.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

At Sanford House, they believe family involvement is one of the most important components for a healthy, long term recovery. Family members can be powerful allies in the recovery process. And while a person is in treatment, it is the perfect time to involve family members. During the course of their loved one’s care, family members may begin to recognize their own non-productive behaviors. These behaviors might have developed while trying to cope with addiction in the family. Perhaps family members have spent so much time putting the addict in the family first, they have forgotten how to prioritize themselves.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Couples Treatment

Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Animal Therapy

Animal therapy (aka pet therapy or animal-assisted therapy) can be very healing, as it allows patients to bond with animals, who give unconditional love. This is particularly useful for those who suffered trauma by the hands of people, who may be able to trust and form closer attachments to animals than humans at certain stages of rehabilitation.

Sanford House Highlights:

Sanford House staff promises to create a learning-living environment for everyone in our care. They also pledge to provide a framework, for all women to develop the power to speak their own truths. In their strength-based programs, women learn that recovery focuses on valuing and building multiple capabilities. And they promise to show each client their unique resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent self worth.
Their clients' process of recovery, moves them forward through interaction with others, in supportive, trust based relationships. Living and working together as a community, the women of Sanford House develop key, life skills and many opportunities for behavioral change. They bring them the real possibility of a better future, restoring hope, meaning and purpose to lives that have been negatively impacted by addiction.
Sanford House offers a safe and private environment where you will be met with compassion and respect, and help empower you to start a new life. Located in a beautiful historic home, Sanford House offers a calm atmosphere with staff that respects privacy and maximizes the choices you can make to promote healing. Their women's only services are designed to be safe, nurturing and empowering. The Sanford House program is tailored to fit you and help you stay steadfast in your journey to a successful lifelong recovery.
Their comprehensive residential substance abuse treatment program is designed for women 18 and older. Sanford House’s inpatient drug rehab and alcohol treatment program provides the safety and stability a woman needs to maintain her sobriety. Sanford House’s team of multidisciplinary master's level clinicians offer our clients years of experience in the field of addiction. On-site medical staff also provides medication assisted treatment to address a woman’s withdrawal symptoms, cravings and other medical and mental health concerns. Living at Sanford House, women receive 24/7 support and the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the recovery process with few distractions. Healing is ultimately in the hands of the individual, which is why Sanford House uses a personalized, “whole body” treatment technique. During their stay, each resident is exposed to recreational, educational, creative, and social activities so they can find new strengths from within, helping them stay steadfast in their recovery.
Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) is primary treatment offered on a part-time yet intensive schedule and establishes the foundation for long term recovery support. Women often do not get the help they need because it means putting their life on hold. Intensive outpatient programming for alcohol or drug rehabilitation allows for continuation of everyday activities such as work, parenting, school or volunteer commitments while integrating effective strategies to balance recovery and every-day life. IOP is designed to help women without requiring them to take extended time away from work or family. Intensive Outpatient Programs provide an option for women who live within reasonable driving distance from Sanford House and/or women who may have completed a residential program and want additional support in early recovery. Sanford House outpatient drug rehab and alcohol treatment is flexible, generally consists of three group sessions per week.
When it comes to substance use disorders, families often need just as much help and healing as the addicted themselves. They view family as an essential component of a woman’s ongoing recovery program and seek to involve family members in the addiction treatment and recovery process. Sanford House addresses family issues by working directly with the family of each client and with other loved ones who serve as the client’s support system. They work to educate families about addiction, its effect on their loved one, and its effect on the family as a whole. Counselors will help families understand their role in recovery, and the importance of their loved one’s self-care and lifestyle balance.
Substance abuse aftercare is a crucial component to lifetime recovery. Their goal at Sanford House is to offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment as an individual goes through their treatment programs. However, this is only a small part of the necessary long-term, continuing care for recovery. Before completing treatment, clients will meet with their counselor to develop a personal addiction aftercare recovery plan which will include resources for support and options for a healthy lifestyle to ensure they remain successful in their journey in recovery. Some clients may choose outpatient or intensive outpatient services as part of their continuing care. Clients will learn how they can acquire support through sponsors, peer recovery coaches, recovery support groups, on-line recovery resources, and other resources of their choosing.
Luxury Accomodations
Sober living home or Halfway house


  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Treatment for Women
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Cash payments accepted

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