Founders Message – When Addiction Treatment is Inspirational…



With change comes reflection. And there have been a number of positive changes at Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers in the past few months. First, Founders Rae and David Green have finished a nearly year-long restoration of the Hazeltine mansion in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is set to open in September as Sanford House at John Street for Men.


Second, the Founders purchased another iconic Grand Rapids mansion to serve as the Admissions & Outreach Center for Sanford House.


And third, the changes necessitated the design and creation of a new website, to include the addition of gender specific treatment for men, following the success of Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women. We invite you to take a look:




With Change Comes Reflection…


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Rae and David Green on the steps of the new Admissions & Outreach Center for Sanford House


The Founder’s Message

We invite you to take a moment and imagine a place where addiction treatment becomes inspirational.


A place where you are intimately connected to a community, where you feel fully present and where the experience is rigorous and worth achieving. This place challenges you to dive deep, question preconceived notions and explore yourself and the world around you, guided by proven clinical techniques.


And for the first time in a long time, you are able to step outside of yourself and test what previously didn’t seem possible. Imagine that such a place will feed your body and soul with a personalized selection of spirituality and healthy nutrition. Where you will plumb old and new interests and put a plan in place to get your body moving again. Imagine this place is built on trust and respect and accountability.


And in this place, we will focus on education for you and your family – so you will all gain a profound understanding of addiction. And while we’re at it, why can’t we make aspects of treatment fun? We will. We will inspire you to recapture your old self and build a life that is even better than the one you had before.


Our family has created a world-class, addiction treatment program. We are founded in the Midwest and based on Midwestern values. Our facilities themselves are a source of inspiration. Sanford House at John Street (for men) and Sanford House at Cherry Street (for women) represent iconic architecture located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have restored these beautiful places so that you can do the hard work of treatment in a motivational space.


You can do this.


And we will be there for you. We have assembled a group of talented and credentialed professionals to walk this path with you. We are inspired by them every day and trust that you will be too.


So, we invite you to come into one of our homes, and begin a new and better life in recovery.

Rae and David Green








Sanford House John Street Grand Rapids, Michigan








Marilyn Spiller is a writer, sober coach, recovery advocate, and student of the world. (She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing). Seven years sober herself, she penned one of the first sobriety blogs, "Waking Up the Ghost" in 2013. The blog garnered an international following, allowing Marilyn to communicate with thousands of folks in all stages of recovery. Marilyn is Sanford's Director of Marketing and serves as Editor-In-Chief for the Sanford online magazine, "Excursions". She also developed and hosts the podcast Anatomy of Addiction.