Residential Program

Residential Treatment:

Residential treatment (RTC) means you stay on-site at a Sanford facility for a period of time. This choice provides a structured living environment in which to recover. Residential clients live at Sanford while they attend group and individual therapy, and wellness activities. Wellness activities include exercise, spiritual growth, and creative expression. 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

The purpose of residential treatment is to provide structure and accountability in a 24-hour setting. This is managed while encouraging clients to stay in a safe environment with 24/7 medical support, in order to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction. This level of care is suitable for individuals who are unable to participate in, or comply with, treatment outside of a 24-hour structured treatment setting, and for those who have difficulty functioning in the “outside world”.

When treating addiction, residential treatment allows our clients to leave what might be a “triggering” environment. And residential treatment gives our clients space to focus on their needs and sobriety. Residential treatment provides the maximum, intensive program to address all aspects of drug or alcohol use, including the monitoring of medication and medical concerns, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Residential treatment establishes 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 services conclude. 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.