Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment Available Now

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As we continue to best serve our clients while responding to the spread of COVID-19, we are introducing Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment. At Sanford, we are all healthcare workers on the front lines, looking out for our patients every day. And we are committed to helping public health facilitators contain the coronavirus pandemic, while also making sure those with substance use disorders (SUDs) receive the treatment they rely upon. Virtual treatment allows our clients to adhere to CDC guidelines to socially isolate, while continuing to receive SUD treatment and the benefits of connection to the Sanford community.


I have been trying to look at the COVID-19 threat from the positive perspective. And some of the procedures we are implementing at Sanford are exciting, because we can continue to help our clients, even if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19. All the while protecting Sanford staff.

Lynnel Brewster, RN, LPC, LLMFT, CCTP, AcuDetox Specialist – Sanford Clinical Director


Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment includes:

Online Assessments

Under guidelines we are HIPAA-compliant in our telemedicine standards, including our online assessments for entrance to any of our virtual programs. Assessments are conducted by master’s level clinicians. And our professional Admissions Specialists are available to answer all questions about our virtual programs.


Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization

SUD therapy group sessions taking place online, 5 days a week for 5 hours per day. This includes Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) if prescribed; one-on-one therapy sessions; and family therapy.  .


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Virtual IOP classes taking place 3-5 days a week for 3 hours per day. IOP also includes MAT services; one-on-one therapy sessions; and family therapy.


Outpatient Group Therapy

Virtual versions of our signature group outpatient classes. This program takes place 1 – 2 hours per week and includes MAT services, one-on-one therapy and family therapy. Classes held are Relapse Prevention; Early Recovery; Mindfulness Meditation and more.


Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers continues to innovate within our industry. By creatively using available technology during the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to help those in need, comply with government regulations, and develop valuable methodologies for SUD treatment long-term.

Alec Green, Director of Operations – Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers


Insurance-Eligible, Easy to Use

Our virtual Intensive Outpatient Programs and Day Programs are insurance-eligible. In addition, our virtual programs are easy-to-use, and with a video conferencing platform, they provide the important connection so necessary in early recovery. As we attempt to adapt to the “new normal” of COVID-19, we will continue to provide excellence in addiction treatment for you and your loved ones. Stay safe.




Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.