Afraid to Go Home? The Safety of Sanford Supportive Living

Sanford Supportive Living electric storm over rooftops

What if you don’t have a family system conducive to recovery?

At Sanford Behavioral Health, a recovery-friendly home is essential to the treatment process. Because of this, our family and friends support groups provide education and continuing help for the loved ones of our substance use and eating disorders clients. Forewarned is forearmed, and in our family programs, we anticipate the pitfalls and milestones of recovery and provide loved ones with the tools they need to thrive.


Sanford Supportive Living

But what if you don’t have a family system conducive to recovery? What if you live alone or with roommates or family members who use or drink alcohol? It can make long-term recovery look daunting and keep an individual stuck in the cycle of addiction. Sanford Supportive Living is designed to provide a temporary haven for outpatient clients. Simply put, Sanford Supportive Living is a place to stay for those who are not ready to return home or do not have a safe option in which to return. Many clients also utilize this option when leaving residential treatment and transitioning to outpatient therapy. Or for those who live outside commuting distance from Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan.


“Supportive Living is for clients looking for safe options other than immediately returning home after residential treatment or while in outpatient treatment. These individuals may live alone or with others not in recovery. Extra support can help those new to recovery practice their recovery skills and build confidence. In addition, supportive housing can be helpful while family members attend education programs on addiction and recovery.”

Lynnel Brewster, RN, LPC, LLMFT, CCTP Sanford Behavioral Health Clinical Director


Sanford Supportive Living is located at Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. Living onsite provides structure and support before the independence of returning to real-life activities. Supportive living is available for those in our day programs (PHP) or half-day programs (IOP).


Sanford Supportive Living photos of bedroom, gym and café.

Clean, well-lighted bedrooms, the Sanford gym, and café.

The Supportive Living Environment

  • Experience a temporary safe haven when it feels scary to go home.
  • Share a room with someone on the same path.
  • Clean, well-lighted, and comfortable bedrooms.
  • Use of the Sanford Gym or outdoor spaces for supervised exercise.
  • Develop tools for long-term well-being.
  • Build community with others in Supportive Living.
  • Practice shopping and meeting loved ones after the day’s programming while in the safety of supportive living.
  • Use of the Sanford Café for meals and socialization.
  • After hours personal time to watch TV, play games, read a book, socialize, or go to a 12-step or recovery meeting.
  • Supportive living is offered in conjunction with a Sanford Outpatient Program.


Supportive living is a good option at the beginning of an individual’s recovery journey. This allows clients to be away from the environment where they used drugs or drank, giving them time to learn new tools to help combat their addictive tendencies. Being in Sanford Supportive Living also gives our clients opportunities to engage in life with a sober mindset. It is an invaluable tool clients can use when entering treatment at Sanford Behavioral Health.


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, eating disorders, or co-occurring mental health conditions, don’t wait to change your life – click the link and get in touch today.

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