Sanford House at John Street Men’s Treatment Center


Sanford House at John Street is a residential and non-residential treatment facility for adult men. The masculine counterpart to Cherry Street, Sanford House at John Street captures the town and country atmosphere that is signature to Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers.

Following the success of our facility for women in recovery, we sought to construct a separate space designed specifically for men. A place of healing, fostering camaraderie and trust in an environment of safety, privacy, and comfort. 


Tailored to Meet the Needs of Men in Recovery


Massive stone walls and river rock foundation exemplify the strength, wisdom, and permanence it takes to recover well. The home itself is a metaphor to the life-changing work taking place within its walls.

The bedrooms at Sanford House at John Street have been outfitted for a well-rested night’s sleep. Two or three residents are accommodated per room, giving an opportunity for bonding with roommates. Individual room options are available. And because our facilities are intentionally non-institutional, the living spaces feel remarkably, like home. During downtime, residents can read, watch sports and play ping-pong, etc. Every space in the home is designed to promote community and generate a sense of “at ease.”


Meals are served “family style” around a large, handcrafted wooden table. Our menu is made up of freshly made and locally sourced meals prepared by the Sanford House Chef. This goes hand in hand with our philosophy that caring for the body is an essential part of recovery.  

Fitness is known to be an important ingredient in the recovery process, providing known physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Therefore, our programming includes engagement in daily fitness activities. There is a fitness room in the home.

Clinical Program

Per our commitment to gender-specific treatment, the John Street curriculum is tailored to meet the needs and preferences of men in recovery. Our counselors and other care professionals have an understanding of the gendered nuances of addiction. For this reason, we have chosen to design a program that intentionally addresses a man’s mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Sanford takes pride in providing a sophisticated clinical program that is based on evidence and leading-edge therapeutic interventions that will provide the most efficient healing and recovery experience possible for our clients.  Our highly trained master’s level team of therapists provide various therapeutic modalities that can be tailored to person’s needs.

Leading-edge therapeutic approaches

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, brainspotting, experiential therapy, emotion-focused family therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy are just some of the interventions that can be used in individual, group, or family therapy throughout the treatment process.  Of course, all of our therapeutic interventions are founded in a highly attuned person-centered approach. 

Medical Support

Our residents will also have the support of a full medical team on staff and on site (MD – Addictionologist, Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Assistants, and 24-hour nurse supervision)

Family Program

Family members are encouraged to participate in our Family Programs. These programs include evening education courses for loved ones, intended to do the following:

  • Teach family members about the disease of addiction
  • Prepare family members for what is to be expected after a loved one returns home from treatment
  • Connect family members to available resources in the community
  • Teach family members how to care for themselves while also supporting a loved one suffering from addiction

Town and Country

Weekly support groups are also available. Sanford is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, adjacent to medical institutions, universities, and a bustling downtown. This landscape encourages residents to explore the balance between early recovery and “real life”. And John Street’s secure location ensures privacy, anonymity and respect to those who visit here. The house has been handcrafted to help men in recovery. Our clinicians will walk alongside you to establish a life of fulfillment in sobriety. You will build a fellowship of partners, support and be supported.

blankSanford House at John Street has been handcrafted to help men in recovery. Our clinicians will walk alongside you to establish a life of fulfillment in sobriety. You will build a fellowship of partners, support and be supported.

We welcome you into our home. And look forward to working with you.

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