Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that affects both the brain and behavior.

Science has identified biological, environmental, and genetic factors which contribute to the development and progression of this disease. Addiction is known to change the structures of the brain including the cortex, limbic system, and brain stem.

Addiction impacts all life-sustaining functions. It also creates and drives the compulsive use of substances despite the negative consequences that accompany this disease. Compulsive use changes how brain structures interact with one another, impacting decision making, impulse control, and emotional regulation.

Although a chronic condition, with the help of evidence-based practices, individuals can manage substance use disorders (SUDs) and resume productive lives in recovery.

Abou successful rehab and successful recovery

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Sanford employs a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC). A ROSC is an infrastructure with the resources to address the full range of substance use problems within communities. The ROSC provides a continuum of care. This includes prevention, early intervention, various treatment programs, continuing care, and long-term recovery.

Within a ROSC, there is a menu of services. At Sanford, these services are individualized, person-centered, and are performed within a defined network. Similarly, the goal is to provide those seeking help and their families with the tools they need to make educated decisions about the level of care necessary for best outcomes in recovery.

Self-exploration in recovery…

When we say Sanford is a place where “town and country meet,” we are expressing our philosophy. We know that recovery from addiction includes education and more importantly, self-exploration. After all, you are the expert of your own experience. We also understand that recovery is an opportunity to rekindle previous interests, and generate newfound enjoyments.

All of the Sanford facilities are uniquely situated to provide town and country experiences. We are close to numerous parks and walking trails. These natural, out-of-doors backdrops give practical application to our evidence-based practices. Here you are not hidden away, but in the safety of treatment, you will experience small amounts of exposure to what will be the rest of your life in recovery. And the nearness of our treatment centers to residential neighborhoods goes a long way to dispelling negative stereotypes about how those with the disease of addiction “behave”. 

The Guiding Principles of Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers (Sanford)

Private women's drug and alcohol treatment

The entrance to Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women

The Sanford 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, addiction treatment is more successful if you feel comfortable and safe. And a pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress, promoting self-care, 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. The houses accommodate ten and twenty clients respectively for Residential Treatment. Similarly, our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Day Program is gender specific and housed in our residential centers. 

Our staff of addiction professionals promises sophisticated clinical therapies. So too, our wellness team creates engaging activities and robust physical excursions. We take into consideration all our client’s needs, and help them explore new enthusiasms such as: mindfulness, hiking, art therapy, and weight training. Sanford treats adult men and women (over the age of 18) separately.

At Sanford, we treat the whole person with respect and dignity. Every voice is heard. We are located in the Midwest and our midwestern values are key to our many treatment successes. We instill a strong work ethic that serves 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

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 programs 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. 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 for SUD and Mental Health

Sanford is uniquely positioned in Michigan to provide a full continuum of SUD, psychiatric, and medical services. Our modalities are grounded in neuroscience and guided by best practices and protocols established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Programs incorporate 12-step methodology, whole-body wellness, and the vital role of the family in their approach to treatment. 

We offer the following options for alcohol and other drug addiction treatment:

Every program at Sanford includes: psychological and medical assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, psychoeducation, and drug and alcohol screening. Programs also include community involvement, early recovery support, and wellness healing. Life after drug and alcohol addiction

Sanford Outpatient Center

Sanford understands that people in different stages of the recovery process need different levels of care. Our Outpatient Center works to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction, individual health issues, and trauma. These programs provide structure, accountability, and community, while encouraging clients to integrate their
treatment into personal, home and work

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), is designed to provide treatment for alcohol or other drug misuse on a 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.

Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment, or Telehealth Program, offers the same evidence-based practices that our in-person programs provide, but in the comfort and safety of home. Classes are conducted by video-chat technology using smartphones or computers. Virtual Outpatient Treatment is real-time with a master’s level clinician as facilitator. Programs offered are: Medication-Assisted Treatment; Intensive Outpatient Programs; Outpatient Programs; Alumni and Family Programs; and one-on-one and family counseling.

Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment means you live at a Sanford facility for a period of time. 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 time to focus on your needs and your sobriety. Our residential program also offers monitoring of medication and medical issues. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat SUDs.

Gender Specific Treatment

At Sanford, our Residential Treatment programs are geared toward men and women separately. 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. Sanford’s LGBTQ+ Integrated Addiction Treatment provides a safe space to discuss and affirm sexuality, gender identity, gender nonconformity and their parallels to substance misuse.


An “Excursion” and rigorous hike at Saugatuck Dunes State Park



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; 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 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 all the Sanford facilities we educate our clients that safe, 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.

Excursions is also the name or our online magazine. Excursions is a free resource for people in every stage of recovery. We have rounded up contributing writers from around the globe. They bring you up-to-date articles on: health and fitness; scientific breakthroughs; reader’s questions; clinical insights from our counselors; interviews; editor’s picks, photos; videos and more.


Healthy Nutrition

Alcohol, cocaine, opioids, 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 upsets – 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. 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. Our Sanford House Chef redefines “comfort food” with fresh, whole, garden-to-table options and plenty of greens. Rich foods are  fine occasionally, 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.  And at Sanford, 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. And The Family Program is designed to educate your loved ones about the disease of addiction and encourage positive communication. Virtual options are available.


Accreditation, Credentials and Licenses


Since its founding, Sanford has gained a reputation for providing compassionate, innovative, and successful addiction treatment. Our sterling reputation, whether articulated by our patients and their families, or our treatment colleagues, was confirmed by Sanford’s perfect survey score in programming from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). CARF is the nationally recognized accreditation organization, and surveyed Sanford’s treatment programs against 1,500 CARF standards.

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 level clinicians and many hold multiple licenses. And Sanford is led by a team of 55 medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medical and evidenced-based clinical treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth clients. Sanford serves individuals from every corner of the State of Michigan and beyond.


Insurance and Payment Help

One of the most complicated parts of entering treatment can be trying to understand financing coverage. Our team of admissions professionals works with your insurance providers to see that you get the best possible coverage for treatment. This means we speak to your insurance companies for you, and translate the information they give us into understandable language. 

Health insurance is complicated, and the payment models relating to behavioral health are evolving. Establishing, managing, and protecting commercial insurance relationships involves advanced knowledge and expertise. We have 15 in-network insurance contracts and many initiatives in the works.

We have worked with the following insurance companies and more:

Aetna; ASR health benefits; BlueCross BlueShield; Cigna; Cofinity; First Health; Health Alliance Plan (HAP); Humana; Magellan Health Services; McLaren; Molina; One Beacon; Physicians Health Plan; United Health Care.

(Coverage is subject to the terms of each individual’s insurance plan. We accept most private insurance; however, Medicaid does not participate with our program.)


For a free and confidential insurance verification to determine your benefits and appropriate level of care, call us now.




The front hallway – Sanford House at John Street for Men

Support After Treatment

The right aftercare plan is crucial to the success of the newly sober person, bridging the space between 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 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 aftercare plan is personalized and addresses emotional triggers, coping skills, and a lasting connection to the resources established during  treatment. Our intent is to partner with our clients. And to help them plan a life of recovery that taps their inherent strength and feels meaningful, manageable and realistic to them.


Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers Locations:

Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women
540 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 288.6970

Sanford House at John Street for Men
221 John Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 214.8517

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders
1003 Parchment Drive SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
(616) 957.7700

Sanford Outpatient Center – addiction treatment
233 Fulton Street E Suite 101
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 425.5523

Sanford Admissions & Outreach Center
74 Lafayette Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 552.1641