Rae Allyson Green, JD, LPC, CAADC

Rae Allyson Green, JD, LPC, CAADC

Founder & President

After extensive experience working in residential treatment centers, Rae Green sought a new treatment approach for substance use disorders (SUD). Rae and husband, David Green, established Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers in 2015 with a ten bed women’s facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their mission was to elevate the effectiveness and availability of treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders (SUDs).

Today, Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving the state of Michigan and beyond. Sanford is led by a growing team of medical, clinical and support personnel providing medication-managed and science-based treatment to residential, outpatient and telehealth patients. The goal is still the same, however; to provide a comfortable setting in which to heal and rediscover a sense of worthiness.

Rae studied history at Alma College. And afterwards, she attended the Detroit College of Law for her Juris Doctor degree. But her passion was always helping those with the disease of addiction. She managed several nonprofit organizations prior to receiving her master’s degree and certification as an advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC). Rae worked in a sub-acute detox unit at the start of her career. And she also spent five years at a residential treatment center where she was instrumental in collaborating with the clinical team to implement successful treatment models.

Rae has dedicated her working career to chipping away at the shame of addiction and mental illness. She is a tireless presenter, educator and recovery advocate. Her advice column, Ask Rae, answers questions about the disease of addiction and its co-occurring mental health conditions.

Rae lives happily with her family in Heritage Hill, just blocks from work. Her interests include interior design and exploring Grand Rapids’ many cultural and culinary treasures. But she is most passionate about creating special times for her family and friends,

Rae says, “Life stories inspire me. And I am propelled to continually strive for a standard of excellence within the treatment world. I am privileged to commit myself and my resources to this specialty.”


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