Announcing Sanford Detox Treatment!

detox treatment front door

Admissions entrance Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus


As part of our full continuum of care, Sanford Behavioral Health is opening Sanford Detox Treatment. Our detox treatment facility is located at the Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus, 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan. Beds are available November 15, 2021.


Detox Opening November 15, 2021!


What is Detox for Drugs and Alcohol?

You may think of “detox” as a diet, tea cleanse or health boost. But medical detoxification (detox) is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol/drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms. During the detox process, a patient may experience mental and physical symptoms which include body discomfort (sometimes extreme), nausea, or anxiety. Some detox symptoms can even be life threatening. Every individual experiences detox symptoms differently. Because of this, patients are assessed to determine whether medically monitored detoxification is appropriate.


For me, Sanford detox treatment is a big deal because approximately 75% of the individuals who would like to enter a Sanford program need to go to detox before they can enter treatment. We can now comfortably and safely detox patients at the beginning of the Sanford continuum of care without the inconvenience of transfers between treatment facilities and modalities.

Dr. Gilbert Masterson, Sanford Behavioral Health, Chief Medical Officer



Admission to detox treatment is based on an assessment of a person’s needs, preferences and their likelihood to benefit from medically monitored detox. A medical evaluation includes a physical examination, orders for appropriate service, face-to-face consultation, and a risk assessment with a personal safety plan. Once an individual is determined to be appropriate for admission to Sanford Detox Treatment, a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment is also completed.


Detox Treatment – Sanford West

Sanford Behavioral Health provides medically monitored detox treatment at its Detox Treatment Center in Marne, Michigan. In this level of care, safe detoxification is the primary goal while also providing individual and group therapy. The medically monitored programs at Sanford are designed to assist persons experiencing physiological and psychological effects of acute withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.


Those who meet the criteria for this level of care are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Consequently, they need 24-hour nursing care and regular physician visits.


Patients at this level are unlikely to complete withdrawal without medical monitoring. They may also be experiencing co-occurring psychiatric or medical conditions which may put them at risk for a complicated withdrawal process. Consequently, Sanford has qualified healthcare providers who can help manage these co-occurring conditions while allowing an individual to safely detox from drugs and alcohol.


Detox Treatment is designed to provide a medically safe and secure setting 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes nursing, professional care, and support services. It also prepares and motivates an individual to continue treatment after discharge. In fact, patients begin addiction treatment while in detox. Think of it like this – detox addresses the physical aspect of addiction; treatment addresses the emotional pain that underlies substance use. Detox and treatment go hand-in-hand.


Why Sanford?

Our treatment center is staffed by Sanford’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gilbert Masterson,  Chief Clinical Officer, Jenny Selent, Chief Operations Officer, Katie Vokes, registered and/or licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, licensed physicians, clinicians, and case managers. Sanford Behavioral Health Medical Director, Dr. Gilbert Masterson, oversees all medical interventions at the Detox Center.


detox treatment hallway

Original artwork and soothing colors


In keeping with other Sanford properties, Sanford West provides a beautiful space in which to heal. We have completely restored the campus, with restful colors, original artwork, and comfortable furniture. We also designed the shared spaces for community when wanted and tranquil solitude when needed. The treatment center is conducive to withdrawal management, personal privacy, and security of personal belongings. It’s the ideal environment for:

  • Reading, knitting, journaling and other quiet pursuits
  • Therapeutic and educational activities
  • Cultural and/or spiritual activities
  • Healthy and delicious meals
  • Safe sleeping and hygiene accommodations (based on gender, age, and needs)
  • Taking the first step in the Sanford continuum of care
  • Building the pillars of strength to a new start in life in recovery.


Sanford Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited as an addiction, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility, serving all of Michigan and beyond. Each of Sanford’s facilities in Greater Grand Rapids is carefully and diligently crafted to create a welcoming and comforting environment. Sanford is led by a psychiatrist-led team of medical, clinical, and support personnel providing medication-assisted, evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient, and telehealth patients. For more information, visit