What’s in a Name? Announcing Sanford Behavioral Health

Sanford Behavioral Health

Where it all began… the pillars Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women


Rae and David Green established Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers (Sanford House) 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. They also sought to provide science-based programs in a hospitable setting, restoring Grand Rapids’ historic homes as treatment centers. The Greens’ premise was that a pleasing environment provided a first step toward their patients’ self-care, a reduction in stigma, and served as a vehicle to healing.


Raising the Standard of Treatment

The need to raise the standard of addiction and mental health treatment in Michigan has only grown since Sanford was established. Today, Sanford Behavioral Health, is licensed and accredited as a substance use disorder, 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.



What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? Over the past year, we have spent a great deal of time thinking about what the name “Sanford Behavioral Health” means. As we complete our full continuum of care with our new Detox Center and roll-out innovative programs in 2022, we do not want to forget the Sanford mission, which has remained consistent since its inception.


Our mission is to promote mental health, resilience and wellbeing; provide effective and accessible addiction and mental health treatment; reduce stigma; and support and educate those who are in recovery, their families and communities.


This is Sanford Behavioral Health Today:

Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus

Pardon our dust! Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus – stay tuned for more addiction, eating disorder and mental health programs.


Sanford West is our newest treatment facility, located 12 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, in Marne, Michigan. The campus comprises 18 acres and enhances and compliments the existing services at Sanford Behavioral Health. It is also well positioned to treat acute patients with an integrated approach to addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, mental health and medical conditions.


Sanford Detox Center

Rounding out our full continuum of care, the Sanford Detox Center (open now) provides medically monitored detox for acute withdrawal. Medical detoxification is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol and/drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms. During the detox process, a patient may experience mental and physical symptoms such as body discomfort, nausea, or anxiety. Consequently, medical/psychological monitoring is necessary. Every individual experiences detox differently, and every patient is assessed to determine whether medically monitored detox is appropriate or if withdrawal symptoms can be managed in an outpatient environment.


Stay Tuned!

Stay tuned, because early in 2022 Sanford West will bring several new initiatives to the Michigan behavioral health landscape.


Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers

At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, each patient and their family learn about the disease of addiction and begin to heal together. No one is alone in this journey. At Sanford, addiction and its co-occurring disorder treatment is offered for all levels of care with medication-managed treatment available. This includes medically monitored detox as well as outpatient and withdrawal management support. The continuum of care includes:


  • Gender-specific, person-centered residential treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Outpatient and group therapy offered in-person and via telehealth
  • Alumni support groups
  • Robust family programs for the loved ones of our patients
  • Ongoing support and community outreach


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Residential treatment centers at Cherry Street and John Street


Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women

Sanford House at Cherry Street offers residential and day treatment programs to adult women overcoming addiction. It is located in a historic home in the heart of West Michigan. Our clinical and medical staff offer specialized care and follow a program that accentuates each woman’s inherent values and strengths. One of the primary purposes of early recovery is relearning self-care. A private chef and robust excursions rekindle passions and provide a first step toward regaining a sense of self.


Sanford House at John Street for Men

Sanford House at John Street is a treatment center designed specifically for adult men with substance use disorders. The residential and day programs create an atmosphere of camaraderie and trust. Clinicians are experts in treating the disease of addiction. And they tailor treatment to the strengths and preferences of each patient. Sanford House at John Street offers its residents privacy, comfort and respect.


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Programs that work with your real life – Sanford Outpatient Center

Sanford Outpatient Center

Sanford Outpatient Center is located in the landmark, Grand Rapids Masonic Temple. We offer flexible, innovative, and individualized recovery programs that work with your real life. Outpatient treatment allows for the continuation of everyday activities while integrating effective strategies to manage recovery. In-person and telehealth programs are available.


Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders

Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (CTED) is a state-of-the-art treatment program in an intimate, personalized setting. Therapy may be individual or group; and we utilize CBT, DBT, ACT, interpersonal, and family systems therapy. The groups are led by clinical therapists and registered dieticians. Therapy includes members of the immediate family whenever possible, especially with younger individuals still living at home.


We also practice a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, which honors body diversity and encourages movement for health and enjoyment, not to lose weight. Our ultimate goal for everyone we treat, is to return to Intuitive Eating behaviors – eat when hungry, stop when full. Through therapy and individualized nutrition counseling, individuals reconnect with their body and learn to trust themselves.


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Science-based programs in an intimate setting… Sanford CTED


What’s Ahead for Sanford Behavioral Health

As we grow, our goal is to improve the overall health of the residents in our state by embracing recovery-oriented systems of care. We are dedicated to finding affordable treatment solutions and work with most insurance providers, both in-network and out-of-network. And we want to exceed the expectations of individuals we treat while developing deep community partnerships and providing a great place for our staff to work. Last, but certainly not least, our programs continue to create a welcoming environment that allows patients to focus on themselves and begin the first steps to a 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 www.sanfordbehavioralhealth.com.