Residential Program

Residential Treatment:

Residential treatment (RTC) means you stay on-site at a Sanford residential facility for a period of time. This is our most therapeutically intensive program. It provides a structured living environment in which to recover and removes the environmental obstacles to recovery. Residential clients live at Sanford while they attend group, individual therapy, family therapy, medical and psychiatric check-ups, and wellness activities. This option provides 24/7 access to the support of our medical team.

Wellness activities include fitness and nutritional support, spiritual growth, creative expression, and robust excursions. RTC also incorporates outside and inside AA and NA meetings. (At this time outside meetings are attended via telehealth)

Meals are prepared by our house chef. In-house alumni meetings and the Family Program are key components to this level of care. Family and alumni connection is facilitated via telehealth at this time.


Sanford House at John Street for Men

Structure and Accountability

Residential Treatment provides structure and accountability in a 24-hour care setting, with 24-hour medical support.  This level of support is sometimes necessary, or preferred, in order to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction while navigating what is often the most difficult stage of recovery. This level of care is recommended for individuals who are unable to participate in, or comply with, treatment outside of a 24-hour structured treatment setting. And also for those whose current living environment is a significant obstacle to their functioning and recovery.

When treating addiction, residential treatment allows our clients necessary relief from the triggers of their current environment, so they can more fully focus on their needs and their recovery. Residential treatment provides the maximum, intensive program to address all aspects of drug or alcohol use, including the monitoring of medication and medical concerns, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), and establishing necessary coping and functional skills.



Day Treatment (PHP) 

Day Treatment, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is one level of care higher than our Intensive Outpatient Program. The purpose of Day Treatment, is to provide therapy, structure, and accountability during the day, while allowing clients to practice their learned skills in a home or sober living environment after daily programming concludes. Also, Day Treatment teaches our clients therapeutic coping skills to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction. Day Treatment includes 5 hours of group therapy per day, 6 days a week. Services include:

  • Daily group therapy using evidence-based curriculum. Covering such topics as: living in balance, stress reduction, advancing remission, shame and resilience, 12-step facilitation, relapse prevention and management, early recovery coping skills, handling triggers and healthy support systems.
  • Weekly medical visits and follow-ups
  • Screening and orientation to treatment
  • Multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments and exams
  • Education regarding early-stage relapse management
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services
  • Crisis safety planning (when needed)
  • Family psychoeducation sessions and support groups
  • Aftercare/continuing care planning and referrals
  • Case management services
  • Nutrition and wellness education
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Lunch provided daily

Continuum of Care

At Sanford, we create a consistent system of treatment that guides and tracks our clients through all levels of treatment intensity. We recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes and resources. Successful treatment of substance use disorders typically requires continual evaluation and adjustments, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases. And we work directly with our clients to transition them into a safe living environment after RTC services.