State’s first private, women-only substance abuse home opens in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Four million women in American struggle with drug or alcohol dependency and only 14 percent of them get the treatment they need.

Grand Rapids is about to become home the state’s first and only private residential treatment program just for women.

“Sanford House is named for Samuel Ransom Sanford, who was one of our original settlers [and] in 1847 built this home,” says Rae Green, who also says a new chapter is about to be added to its long history.

Green founded Sanford House, which will soon be home to the state’s first privately-owned, upscale residential rehab facility exclusively for women.

“What we wanted was a very comfortable environment where women can come in and feel the history and preservation of this beautiful house, so they can really dig in and do the hard work that it takes to treat the addiction,” Green said.

Sanford House will be staffed 24 hours-a-day and provide prepared meals, and group and individual sessions, as well as exercise and meditation.

“We’re adding in recreational, cultural, and creative activities,” Green said. “The reason behind that is because isolation has set in, and we want to replace that void that has set in when the use stops. We’ve created very comfortable sleeping arrangements upstairs. We have the capacity for 10 women, and by design, we really wanted to keep that small. We’re able to accomplish the initial days of physical healing as well as start some of the treatment, but really inspire that journey of long term recovery.”

All of it done within the walls of a 19th-century home.

“The most notable feature of the house is the wallpaper that graces the main entry hallway,” Green said. “It’s also in the White House and it was put in the White House by Jackie Kennedy.”

But all the beautiful amenities aside, Green says she would like the Sanford House to become a destination for women to heal from their substance abuse.

The price for the 30-day residential recovery program at the Sanford House is $20,000 and not covered by insurance.



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.