Outpatient Program

Sanford Outpatient Center – Addiction Treatment


Breaking Down Barriers

The struggle of trying to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction can be overwhelming. Add a job, boss, spouse, kids, friends, and all life’s day-to-day demands (especially at this time in our history) and suddenly the time constraints and on-site requirements of “traditional recovery” seem more than daunting – more like, impossible. 

As a result, we saw that rehab itself needed some rehabbing which is why we created Sanford Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center.  Our Outpatient Center breaks down the barriers of traditional rehab by offering flexible, innovative, individualized recovery programs that work with your life —your real life.

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What is Outpatient Treatment?

Sanford Outpatient Center is licensed by the state of Michigan and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We’re located in a fully renovated space on the first floor of the landmark, Grand Rapids Masonic Temple. Our innovative treatment center is committed to eliminating as many of life’s everyday obstacles as possible to improve recovery outcomes through the following:


Virtual Addiction Treatment – COVID-19

Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment, or telehealth, offers the same evidence-based practices that our in-person programs provide, but in the comfort and safety of home. Classes are conducted by “video-chat” technology using smartphones or computers. Virtual outpatient treatment is real-time with a master’s level clinician as facilitator. Programs offered are: Medication-Assisted Treatment; Intensive Outpatient Programs; Outpatient Programs; and one-on-one and family counseling (descriptions of programs below).

Under HHS.gov guidelines, Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment provides HIPAA-compliant, insurance-eligible telehealth programs. Our easy-to-use programs include online assessments for entrance to any of our virtual addiction treatment programs. Assessments are also conducted by master’s level clinicians. And our professional Admissions Specialists are available to answer all questions about our virtual programs.


Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Sanford Addiction Treatment Center’s Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) combines psychosocial behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy to treat substance use disorders. Please visit our Medication Assisted Treatment Page for more information on what we treat. Treatment includes group, individual, and family therapy along with medical services and medication management. At Sanford, our clinical team uses evidence-based practices in individual and group therapy. Additionally, our clinicians work alongside our medical team, both teams specializing in addiction treatment. MAT can be initiated in conjunction with other levels of care. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The purpose of Sanford’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction, individual health issues, and trauma in the lives of individuals. IOP provides structure and accountability while encouraging clients to integrate their treatment into their personal, home and work life. Program duration is typically 18 sessions which covers approximately 6 weeks. Intensive Outpatient Programming includes:

    • 3 Group Therapy Sessions each week covering topics such as; relapse prevention and management, early recovery, handling triggers, sober and healthy support systems, etc. 
    • Individual and family therapy
    • Individualized treatment planning
    • Diagnostic assessments 
    • Continued care for clients finishing a residential program
    • Flexible evening sessions for working adults and those with daytime responsibilities. 
    • Aftercare and continuing care planning

Outpatient Program (OP) 

Whether it is for continuation of treatment support services or the convenience of close proximity to work, school or loved ones, group, individual and family counseling provides another opportunity for ongoing treatment outside of a residential program. Our Outpatient Program is individualized and duration of treatment is determined by individual needs. Outpatient Programming includes:

    • Weekly group therapy sessions on topics such as; Relapse Prevention, Early Recovery, and Mindfulness Meditation
    • Individual and family therapy
    • Treatment planning
    • Aftercare planning
    • Introduction to community support and resources
    • Welcoming atmosphere for residential and IOP alumnae

Day Treatment (PHP) 

Day Treatment, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is being conducted in-person in  residential treatment. Click HERE for more information.


A Positive, Individualized Approach Tailored to Your Life and Needs 

Our focus is and has always been to create and provide a welcoming and uplifting environment with a group of passionate clinical therapists and medical staff, here to help you overcome the challenge of addiction. 


Community and Education

At Sanford Outpatient Center and in our Virtual Addiction Treatment Programs, our focus is on education, community building and group therapy. Our specialized groups are kept to approximately ten people so that everyone gets the opportunity to be heard. Loved ones are encouraged to participate through family and individual sessions, as successful treatment involves all those who support our clients’ recovery.

In addition, the outpatient space includes:

Beverage station and dining area

Private, individual and family therapy rooms

Plenty of covered, private parking with a discreet entrance

Conveniently located minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and close to the I 96 exit ramp