Sanford House

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Sanford House is a private rehab located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford House specializes in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

Sanford House Focus:

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from substance abuse, including alcohol and drug addiction (both illegal and prescription drugs). They often include the opportunity to engage in both individual as well as group therapy.

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.

What does Sanford House offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

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.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

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. We also pledge to provide a framework, for all women to develop the power to speak their own truths. In our strength-based programs, women learn that recovery focuses on valuing and building multiple capabilities. And we promise to show each client their unique resiliencies, talents, coping abilities, and inherent self worth.
Our 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. We 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. Our 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.
Our 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. We 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. We 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. Our goal at Sanford House is to offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment as an individual goes through our 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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