Sanford House at John Street Men’s Treatment Center

Sanford House at John Street is a residential treatment facility for adult men. The male gendered 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 the sanford facility for women, Founders Rae and David Green, 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 a river rock foundation exemplify strength. The home itself is a metaphor to the life-changing work taking place within its walls.

The bedrooms at John Street have been outfitted for a great night’s sleep. There are two or three residents per room. This provides the opportunity for bonding with roommates. Individual room options are also available. And because our facilities are intentionally non-institutional, the living spaces feel like home. During downtime, residents can read, watch sports and play ping-pong in the rec room. 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 includes freshly made and locally sourced meals prepared by the Sanford Chef. Healthy nutrition goes hand in hand with our philosophy that caring for the body is an essential part of recovery. Physical fitness is also important to the recovery process. Therefore, our programming includes engagement in daily fitness activities and there is a fitness room in the home.

Clinical Programing

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 designed 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 have the support of a full medical team on staff and on site. This includes: MD – Addictionologist, Consulting Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Assistants, and 24-hour nurse supervision.  Our Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines psychosocial behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy to treat both mental health and substance use disorders.

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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

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

All Sanford’s programs are entry points into the recovery continuum of care.  During Residential Treatment, an early focus on moving individuals along the continuum helps everybody stay focused on looking ahead to the next steps.  This is integral to our client’s ongoing care and smooth transition from one level of treatment to the next. Successful treatment of mental health and substance use disorders typically requires evaluation and adjustments, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases. And we are there to guide you every step of the way.


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