At Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that everyone deserves to find the place from which they draw strength…
Because our proven addiction treatment, comprehensive as it may be, is just the beginning of a life in recovery. And we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion. Recovery is a lifetime journey and our goal is to prepare you for the long haul. While at Sanford House, you will work hard, dig deep and find the resourcefulness, strength and compassion that defines your idea of success.When we say Sanford House is a place where “town and country meet,” we are expressing our philosophy and our mission. We believe that recovery from addiction includes education, and more importantly, self-exploration. Because, we understand you are the expert of your own experience. We also believe that recovery is an opportunity to rekindle previous interests, as well as generate newfound enjoyments.
All of the Sanford House facilities are uniquely situated to provide an urban experience, near many “real life” downtown locations. And we are also close to numerous parks and walking trails. These natural, out-of-doors backdrops give practical application to our evidence-based treatment programs. At Sanford House, you are not hidden away, but in the safety of treatment, you are given small doses of exposure to what will be the rest of your life in recovery.
The Guiding Principles of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers (Sanford House)
The Sanford House Environment
Treatment begins in a particular place. There are many options for addiction treatment and we encourage you to find a location that suits your expectations and your lifestyle. In the same way hospitals have learned that healing happens best in an aesthetically pleasing environment, rehab works best if you feel comfortable and safe. And a pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress and serve as a vehicle to healing.
Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men are both historic homes on tree-lined, residential streets in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the addiction treatment world, they are considered small – room for ten and twenty clients respectively for residential treatment. We are privately held and offer an environment that is homelike, intimate and decidedly non-institutional. And because of this, we are able to focus on personalized, individual client care.
Our staff of addiction professionals promises state of the art, clinical therapies. Similarly, our wellness staff creates engaging activities and robust physical excursions. We take into consideration all our client’s needs, and help them explore new enthusiasms such as: acupuncture, hiking, art therapy and weight training. We also provide a forum to express and renew previous passions. Sanford House treats adult men and women (over the age of 18) separately.
At Sanford House, we treat the whole person with respect and dignity. Every voice is heard. We are (unapologetically) located in the Midwest and our Midwestern values are key to our many treatment successes. We instill a strong work ethic that comes in handy when the “going gets tough”. And modest integrity and the desire to help others are hallmarks of successful recovery from addiction.
Individualized Treatment and Integrated Therapies
At Sanford House, we believe there are many paths to recovery. Just as each client is unique, every recovery is unique. And because we are not bogged down by bureaucracy, we are able to adapt our program to fit each client. We seek to find the inherent value and strength in each individual. Our clinicians focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships and isolation. We also treat addiction and mental health at the same time. And we begin to uncover those things that make you, YOU. The result is not only a life free of addiction, but the ability to re-engage in the world with hope, enthusiasm and full contact.
Safe, Effective Treatment
Sanford House addresses a full range of needs: medical, psychological, spiritual and social. You will hear the phrase “evidence-based treatment” as you begin your research into addiction treatment facilities. “Evidence-based treatment” relies on scientific evidence and documented research. At Sanford House, we utilize the best available research, clinical expertise and those treatment models that have proven successful. Sanford House is an evidence based, abstinence only treatment center. Our program incorporates the 12 Steps, whole-body wellness and the vital role of the family in its approach to treatment.
We offer the following options for alcohol and other drug addiction treatment:
Every program at Sanford House includes: assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, psychoeducation, and drug and alcohol screening. Programs also include community involvement, early recovery support and wellness healing. Wellness healing includes: healthy nutrition, movement, spiritual exploration and creative expression. And our staff promises to help you determine your appropriate level of care.
Non- Residential Treatment
Sanford House understands that people in different stages of the recovery process need different levels of care. An Intensive Outpatient Program, often called “IOP”, is designed to provide treatment for alcohol or other drug addiction on a part time, non-residential basis. An IOP Program has many of the intensive aspects of a Residential Program, including group therapy and homework assignments. IOP helps to establish the foundation for long term recovery.
The Partial Hospitalization Program, often called “PHP” is appropriate for those who need more structure and services than our IOP program provides. PHP is also non-residential, but treatment takes place for longer blocks of time. Each PHP client participates in an individualized recovery program consisting of two stages of treatment: treatment engagement and early recovery.
Residential Treatment means you live at Sanford House for a period of time – our comprehensive programs often take place over four weeks or longer. This arrangement provides a structured environment in which to recover. It is often beneficial to leave what might be a “triggering” environment, and residential treatment gives you an extended period of time to focus on your needs and your sobriety. Our residential program also offers monitoring of medication and medical issues. Residential Treatment is the most comprehensive approach to recovery and it is critical to stay in treatment long enough to establish successful results.
Gender Specific Treatment
At Sanford House, our addiction treatment programs are geared toward men and women separately. Often called “gender specific treatment,” it means we do not have co-ed facilities. When we separate clients by gender, men learn about recovery alongside other men, and women work with other women. Our clients tell us that when they participate in gender-specific therapy groups, it allows them to discuss sensitive and personal issues they may not feel comfortable sharing with the opposite gender. Women and men’s paths to addiction are different. They experience and recover from addiction differently. In that regard, issues such as communication, friendships, family responsibilities, trust and intimacy are all influenced by gender.
Our clients work hard for their recovery. And they participate in all manner of science-based group therapy. They have rigorous individual sessions with their counselors. On any given day, our clients may plumb the inner-workings of their family systems and relationships, study brain chemistry, participate in art therapy, have an acupuncture session and go to an outside 12-step meeting. They might listen to a lecture on “relapse triggers”, read an assignment and write in their journals. Our clients are busy and diligent, committed to sobriety and a new life in recovery.
So, when it comes to our philosophy about downtime and extra-curricular “Excursions,” we are always looking for interesting, town and country ideas to spark previous passions. Or to fire up a brand new activity our clients can experience in the safety of treatment. Often, one of our excursions will rekindle a yen for an activity a client used to enjoy or serve as an awakening. At Sanford House, we believe that sober, passionate involvement is one of the keys to successful, long term recovery. And we have found that some of the best learning happens during recreational experiences.
Alcohol, cocaine, Vicodin, marijuana and other drugs, cause a host of problems in the body. And not the least of which is nutrition. Alcohol impedes nutritional breakdown, stimulants suppress the appetite altogether and opiates cause stomach issues – especially during withdrawal. Some drugs cause you to eat too much, others too little. A person who is suffering from active addiction is unlikely to eat healthily or prepare a well-balanced meal. In fact, many of our clients say they “used” to enjoy cooking. And let’s face it, “the munchies” almost always include fatty foods or vending machine fare: those “treats” designed to boost dopamine levels.
One of the primary purposes of early recovery is relearning self-care. Redefining “comfort food” with fresh, whole, garden-to-table options and plenty of greens are what the doctor (and the Sanford House chef) recommend. Rich foods are okay every once in a while, like a creamed soup on a cold winter’s night, but off-the-vine fruits and vegetables and lean meats and fish are best for long term good health.
The Family Program
Family members can be powerful allies in recovery. At Sanford House, we want to be there for the entire family. We believe family involvement is one of the most important components for a successful treatment experience. Clients are encouraged to invite family members to their individual therapy sessions. Family sessions educate your loved ones about the disease of addiction and encourage positive communication.
Accreditation, Credentials and Licenses
Sanford House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. CARF says, “Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services, you can have confidence in your choice. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.
Credentials and licenses also ensure that the person or persons providing your treatment meets nationally recognized standards for professional practice. All of our counselors are Master’s Degree level clinicians and many hold multiple licenses. Some of the credentials held by our professionals include CAAC (Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor), CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor), CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor), RN (Registered Nurse); and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Our interdisciplinary team also consists of a physician, social workers, and Licensed Professional Counselors.
Insurance and Payment Help
You deserve your insurance benefits and we are ready to help you get them. Since one of the most complicated parts of entering treatment can be understanding financing coverage, our team of admissions professionals works with your insurance providers to see that you get the best possible coverage. We speak to your insurance companies for you, and translate the information they give us into understandable language.
For a free and confidential insurance verification to determine your benefits, call us now.
Support After Treatment
The right aftercare plan is crucial to the success of the newly sober person. Aftercare bridges the space between what is learned in treatment and “the real world”. Often, as clients plan to return home, they recognize people, places or things in their environment that present potential risk. For this reason, Sanford House staff works to advocate for our clients. We consider their circumstances and assist them in finding sober living, sponsorship and safety in early recovery. The Sanford House aftercare plan is personalized and addresses emotional triggers, appropriate resources and a lasting connection to the therapist who guided them through treatment. Our intent is to partner with our clients, to plan a life of recovery that taps their inherent strength and feels meaningful, managable and realistic to them.
Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women
540 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Sanford House at John Street for Men
221 John Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 214.8517 (for existing clients and families)
(844) 776.9651 (for those seeking treatment)
Sanford House Admissions and Outreach Center
74 Lafayette Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503