Demystifying Admissions to Addiction Treatment

Nothing to fear – the beautiful entrance-way at Cherry Street for Women…


We understand that making the call to get information about addiction treatment can be a daunting process – for many reasons. Making the decision to get help for an addiction, or to get help for a loved one, is a brave step and we are here to help you along the way.


Every person is unique…

The admissions process is personalized for each prospective client. We are available to just talk, if that’s all you want to do. We can discuss your rehab options and insurance. And I often start a conversation with the words, ‘Tell me what’s going on.’ It gets the dialogue started…   Lindsey Grant, Director of Admissions


Here is what you can typically expect when you call Admissions:


I. We’ll give you information on our programs and answer any questions you might have.


You will be speaking to one of our admissions specialists (not an impersonal call center). And Sanford House provides gender specific, Inpatient and Outpatient Programs. We address substance use disorders (SUDs) as well as dual diagnosis. “Dual diagnosis” means you have other behavioral health concerns, such as anxiety or depression, together with an SUD.


We are located in the historic, Heritage Hill district of Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are here to help you arrive safely from wherever you hail. And we would be happy to schedule a tour of Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women or Sanford House at John Street for Men, so you can get acquainted with our programs in person.


The welcoming entrance to Sanford House at John Street for Men

Some of our program highlights include:

High quality nutrition provided by our personal chef

Physical wellness coaching and training

Weekly excursions outside of the property to assist in developing healthy pastimes

On site medical care to assist with any ongoing needs

Treatment in an intentionally non-institutionalized setting

Personalized aftercare to help you create a plan for success post treatment


II. We will talk about your options for addiction treatment:


Our typical Inpatient, or Residential Program is 4 weeks long, and can be extended into 60 and 90-day programs if needed.


Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are designed for those who are balancing sobriety and everyday life. They also assist alumnae in their transition out of residential treatment. The goal of non-residential treatment is to help clients strengthen their ability to handle events and interactions, healthily manage cravings, and offer insight from peers in early recovery.


III. We talk about what a “typical” day in treatment looks like…


Our programs are small in size. Only 10 beds at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and 20 beds at John Street for Men. Because of this, we are able to provide an extremely high level of care. We also customize your individual treatment plan to fit specific needs.


A new day begins at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women…

IV. And verify your insurance benefits for you…


We will verify your insurance benefits in order to provide you with specific out-of-pocket costs, prior to your admission. This way, there are no surprise bills.


We participate with most private insurance. And insurance should cover most, if not all, of your treatment costs. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, McLaren, Priority Health, and more. We also participate on an out-of-network basis with a wide variety of providers.


V. We schedule your admission…


We’re here to schedule your admission and coordinate any detox needs you may have. We will also provide you with a packing list, so you know what to bring to treatment. If detox is your first stop, we can help you coordinate.


Tips from Director of Admissions, Lindsey Grant...

A few things to keep in mind on the day of your admission. The address for the Women’s facility is:  540 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Come up the ramp to the back door and the House Manager’s office is the first door on the right (can’t miss it). We will be waiting for you – bring your suitcase.


The Men’s facility is at 221 John St, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Come to the front door and the House Manager’s office is to the right (can’t miss that either). Bring your belongings with you.


We do not have space for client parking, so someone will need to drop you off, or have made arrangements with us to pick you up.


You can pay any out-of-pocket costs with a debit or credit card, check, cash or money order. If you pay with a debit or credit card, it is subject to a 3% processing fee.


Welcome to Sanford House!


Welcome to Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers! We will meet you at the house for your scheduled admission. During the admission process, we will complete your paperwork, collect your payment and get you settled in your room (and introduce you to your roommate).


This is where your addiction treatment and your new life begins…


Come in… the front door of John Street for Men…




Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers

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. We want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion. Our guiding principles include a homelike environment, individualized treatment, integrated therapies, robust excursions and family involvement. The treatment programs at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men are gender specific to foster safety, honesty and community. People in different stages of recovery need different levels of care - Sanford Outpatient Center provides connection, education and Intensive Outpatient Services to those who are inspired to embrace sobriety, but may not be appropriate for residential care.