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, wellness activities (including exercise, spiritual growth and creative expression) and outside and inside AA and NA meetings. Meals are prepared by our house chef, and staff provides transportation to nightly 12-step meetings. In-house Alumni Meetings and the Family Program are key components to this level of care.



Sanford House at John Street for Men 

The purpose of Sanford Addiction Treatment Center’s RTC 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 nursing 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 who have substantial deficits in functional skills. When treating addiction, residential treatment allows our clients to leave what might be a “triggering” environment. And residential treatment gives our clients an extended period of time 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. Residential treatment is the most comprehensive approach to recovery and it is critical to stay in treatment long enough to establish successful results.

Sanford’s Residential Programs enhance the functional skills of individuals who may be isolated from conventional social relations, engage in inappropriate social behaviors, have poor personal care skills, and/or have difficulties with activities of daily living.



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.