New Detox Center Fills Gaps in Addiction Treatment in Michigan

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We want our patients to succeed at our new detox center, and create a better life for themselves in recovery.


Filled with light, original artwork, and similar to other Sanford Behavioral Health properties in the Greater Grand Rapids area, Sanford Detox Center is a beautiful space in which to heal. Here comfort is key, as sub-acute detox is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol/drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms.


New Detox Center Responds to Scarcity of Beds in Michigan

Sanford opened its new detox center (at Sanford Behavioral Health Campus 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids) in response to a scarcity of detox beds in the state. Additionally, the detox program extends and completes the continuum of care for addiction treatment at Sanford.


“The need for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in Michigan is dire,” said Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, president and founder of Sanford Behavioral Health. “Data show that Michiganders with SUDs go untreated or leave the state just to find the support and treatment they need. This is due to the severe shortage of effective in-network SUD treatment providers. On top of that, state and federal medical experts say the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened individuals’ mental health issues for those experiencing SUD.”


Continuum of Care

At Sanford, all of our programs are entry points to the recovery continuum of care. Early attention to moving individuals along the continuum helps everybody stay focused on looking ahead to the next steps. This is integral to our patient’s ongoing care and smooth transition from one level of treatment to the next. Specifically, detox is one step in the continuum.


“We want our patients to succeed and create a better life for themselves in recovery,” said Gilbert Al Masterson, M.D. “Our team helps patients decrease cravings for addictive substances. They also uncover how symptoms may tempt them back to increased use. Our clinical and medical team ensures that our patients have a safe and comfortable withdrawal from drugs/alcohol. It’s a rigorous experience, but well worth achieving.”


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Original art, comfortable beds and safe detox from drugs and alcohol.


Detox Treatment – Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus

At this level of detox, patients may be experiencing co-occurring psychiatric or medical conditions. Consequently, Sanford has qualified healthcare providers on-site to manage co-occurring disorders.

  • Sanford Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gilbert Masterson oversees all medical interventions
  • Medically safe and secure setting 24/7
  • Staffed by Sanford Chief Medical, Operations and Clinical Officers; registered/licensed practical nurses; medical assistants, licensed physicians, clinicians, registered dietitians, and case managers
  • Qualified healthcare providers to manage co-occurring medical or psychiatric symptoms
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Detox is just the beginning – preparation and motivation to continue treatment with a full continuum of care
  • Healthy and delicious meals
  • Personal privacy and security of belongings
  • A beautiful and restful place to heal


About Sanford Behavioral Health:

Sanford Behavioral Health was launched to elevate the effectiveness and accessibility of addiction treatment for Michiganders. Today, Sanford is an SUD, eating disorder, and co-occurring mental health treatment facility. Sanford is also led by a growing team of medical, clinical, and support personnel, providing medical and evidenced-based treatment to residential, outpatient and telehealth patients.




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