Detox Treatment

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Sanford Detox Center provides a beautiful space in which to heal.

Detox Treatment

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As part of our full continuum of care, Sanford Behavioral Health provides detox treatment for our patients. This includes medically monitored detox for acute withdrawal, as well as withdrawal management, and outpatient support for post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Our Detox Treatment Center is located at the Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus, 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, in Marne, Michigan. Beds are available November 15, 2021.

What is Detoxification?

You may think of “detox” as a diet, tea cleanse or health boost. But medical detoxification (detox) is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol and/or drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms. During the detox process, a patient may experience mental and physical symptoms such as body discomfort (sometimes extreme), nausea, or anxiety. Some detox symptoms can be life threatening. Every individual experiences detox symptoms differently, and every patient is assessed to determine whether medically monitored detoxification is appropriate or if withdrawal symptoms can be managed in an outpatient environment. As with all our programs, we facilitate the transfer of those with higher levels of medical acuity to an appropriate hospital for stabilization


Admission to detox treatment is based on an assessment of a person’s needs, preferences and their likelihood to benefit from medically monitored detox. A medical evaluation is provided within 24 hours of admission which includes: a physical examination, orders for appropriate service, face-to-face consultation, and a risk assessment with a personal safety plan. Upon determination of appropriate admission, a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment is also completed.


Sub-Acute Detox Treatment – Sanford West

Sanford Behavioral Health provides medically monitored detox at its Detox Treatment Center in Marne, Michigan. “Sub-acute” means medical detox from drugs and alcohol outside of a hospital. In this level of care, safe detoxification is the primary goal while also providing individual and group therapy. The medically monitored programs are designed to assist persons experiencing physiological and psychological effects of acute withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Those who meet the criteria for this level of care are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, they need 24-hour nursing care and regular physician visits.

Patients at this level are unlikely to complete withdrawal without medical monitoring. They may also be experiencing co-occurring psychiatric or medical conditions which may put them at risk for a complicated withdrawal process. Sanford has qualified healthcare providers who can help manage these co-occurring conditions while allowing an individual to safely detox from drugs and alcohol.

Detox Treatment is designed to provide a medically safe and secure setting 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes nursing, professional care, and support services. Detox treatment also prepares and motivates an individual to continue treatment after discharge, because they begin addiction treatment while in detox. Think of it like this – detox addresses the physical aspect of addiction; treatment addresses the emotional pain that underlies substance use. Detox and treatment go hand-in-hand.



Sub-Acute Detox Treatment Center in Marne, Michigan


Environment – Why Sanford for Detox?

The Detox Treatment Center is staffed by Sanford’s Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Operations Officer, registered and/or licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, licensed physicians, clinicians, and case managers. Sanford Behavioral Health Medical Director, Dr. Gilbert Masterson, oversees all medical interventions at the Detox Center.

Sanford West provides a beautiful space in which to heal. The campus is completely restored, with restful colors, original artwork, and comfortable furniture. The shared spaces are designed for community when wanted and tranquil solitude when needed. In short, the detoxification program provides a safe, secure setting that is conducive to withdrawal management, personal privacy, and security of personal belongings. Sanford Detox Center is the ideal environment for:

  • Reading, knitting, journaling and other quiet pursuits
  • Therapeutic and educational activities
  • Cultural and/or spiritual activities
  • Healthy and delicious meals
  • Safe sleeping and hygiene accommodations (based on gender, age, and needs)
  • The pillars of strength to a new start in life in recovery.

Residential Withdrawal Management

Withdrawal Management in residential treatment focuses on non-medical detoxification, management of post-acute withdrawal symptoms, and empowering folks to succeed in recovery. This level of treatment is appropriate for those with no medical or neurological symptoms that require 24/7 medical monitoring. Withdrawal management is directed by trained paraprofessionals who are supported by Sanford nursing and clinical staff. Withdrawal management in a residential setting is available for intoxicated individuals and patients withdrawing from alcohol and other substances who are not at the acute stage of withdrawal.

Each person seeking admission to non-medical detoxification/withdrawal management while under the influence, or while undergoing withdrawal of alcohol or drugs, is assessed for medical needs prior to admission. And our goal is to determine a clinically appropriate placement for everyone in the least restrictive level of care.


Sanford Behavioral Health provides a safe, welcoming, and culturally/age-appropriate environment for withdrawal management services within their gender-specific addiction treatment facilities, Sanford House at John Street for Men and Cherry Street for Women. At this level of treatment, clinical modalities are primary, but non-medical does not mean non-caring or lack of attention to detail. The post-acute withdrawal management environment within our historic homes provides comfortable beds, delicious food, and healing surroundings.


A licensed physician is on call twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers has a written plan for emergency procedures approved by a licensed physician. Also, all supplies, as designated by the written emergency procedures, are available and accessible to the staff.


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Welcoming environment – Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men


On-Site Withdrawal Management Staff

Staff members are on site 24 hours per day 7 days per week. The assigned service providers are knowledgeable about the physical signs of withdrawal, the taking of vital signs, the implication of those vital signs, and emergency procedures. Service providers are trained and competent to implement physician-approved protocols for observation and supervision, determination of appropriate level of care, and facilitation of the patient’s transition to continuing care. They are supported by nursing staff who assist in administering medication, documenting vital signs, monitoring for signs/symptoms of withdrawal, answering medical questions, and medical and medication concerns to the provider. Staff members are also knowledgeable about facility-required education, evidence-based practices, training, safety, and policies.

An individualized case management plan is developed for all our patients prior to discharge to the next appropriate level of care. Likewise, each patient is assessed to determine where on the continuum of care they most appropriately fit.  This is based on the patient’s severity of symptoms.


Outpatient Detox Treatment

Outpatient detox or ambulatory withdrawal management is provided at Sanford Outpatient Center, under the direction of a licensed physician. Outpatient detox is for patients who are withdrawing, or are intoxicated, from alcohol or other substances who do not have acute withdrawal symptoms or require residential treatment. Outpatient monitoring occurs hand-in-hand with outpatient therapy and Sanford’s Medication Treatment Program or Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).  All patients are assessed to determine that they are currently experiencing no apparent medical or neurological symptoms because of their substance use that would require a higher level of care.

Outpatient detox services occur Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during hours of operation at Sanford Outpatient Center. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Oral intake of fluids
  • Food if indicated
  • The taking of vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure)
  • And documentation of fluid and food intake a minimum of one time per visit, or more often as indicated by the patient’s physical condition.

Patients actively using cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamines do not require withdrawal management services; however, these folks are referred to the Sanford Outpatient Center for addiction treatment and could be eligible for residential services at Sanford House at John Street for Men and Cherry Street for Women.


Outpatient detox services are provided in a safe, welcoming, trauma-informed, and culturally/age-appropriate environment. At Sanford Outpatient Center, our focus is to create and provide an uplifting space with a group of passionate clinical therapists and medical staff. Intensive Outpatient Programs, Outpatient Groups, The Family Program and individual and family therapy are all conducted both in-person and via telehealth at Sanford Outpatient Center. In every therapeutic modality, post-acute withdrawal symptoms are addressed.



Sanford Outpatient Center


 Outpatient Detox Staff

A licensed physician providing supervision of withdrawal management is on site or on call during the hours of operation at the Sanford Outpatient Center. Staff members are trained and knowledgeable in:

  • The physical signs of withdrawal
  • Taking of vital signs
  • Implication of the vital signs
  • And emergency procedures.

An RN or LPN provides on-site monitoring, and statutorily approved personnel administer medications in accordance with our physician’s orders. Staff members are knowledgeable regarding Sanford-required education, evidence-based practices, training and policies.

A medical assessment for appropriateness of placement is completed and documented by a licensed physician during admission to the program. And an individualized case management plan is developed for each client prior to discharge.