Residential Addiction Treatment

Residential Treatment provides structure and accountability 24/7 with 24-hour medical support.

Residential treatment means you stay on-site at a Sanford residential facility for a period of time. This is our most therapeutically intensive program, and it is not for everyone. It provides a structured living environment in which to recover and removes the environmental obstacles to recovery. Residential patients live at a Sanford facility while they attend group, individual, and family therapy sessions, receive medical and psychiatric check-ups, and participate in wellness activities. This option provides 24/7 access to the support of our medical team.

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The front room Sanford House at John Street for Men

Structure and Accountability

Residential Treatment provides structure and accountability 24/7 with 24-hour medical support. This level of treatment is sometimes necessary, in order to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and drug addiction, while navigating what is often the most difficult stage of recovery. Residential treatment is for individuals who are unable to participate in, or comply with, treatment outside of a 24-hour structured treatment setting. Also for those whose current living environment is a significant obstacle to their functioning and recovery.

When treating addiction, residential treatment gives our patients relief from potential triggers in their current environment, so they can more fully focus on their own needs and recovery. Residential treatment provides the maximum, intensive program to address all aspects of drug or alcohol use, including withdrawal management, monitoring of medication and medical concerns, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and the establishment of necessary coping and functional skills.

We are proud of our sophisticated clinical programs, founded on evidence-based, therapeutic interventions. Our highly trained, master’s level team of therapists provide various therapeutic modalities that can be tailored to each patient's needs.

Therapeutic Approaches and Alliance

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, brainspotting, experiential therapy, emotion-focused family therapy, seeking safety, and acceptance and commitment therapy are just some of the interventions used in individual, group, or family therapy throughout the treatment process. Of course, all of our therapeutic interventions are founded in a highly attuned, person-centered approach.

Medical Support

Our residents have the support of a full medical team on staff and on site (MD – Addictionologist, Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Assistants, and 24-hour nurse supervision). Sanford is well positioned to treat high acuity patients with an integrated approach to addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, mental health and medical conditions. All of our programs are backed by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and clinical professionals.

Family Program

We encourage family members to participate in our virtual Family Programs. These programs include evening education courses for family members, intended to do the following:

  • Teach family members about the disease of addiction
  • Prepare loved ones for what to expect after a family member returns home from treatment
  • Connect family members to available resources in the community
Town and Country

Sanford is located within a vibrant West Michigan community with a blend of local art and urban flair, as well as walking trails and lakeside excursions. Adjacent to medical institutions, universities and a bustling downtown, the Greater Grand Rapids landscape encourages those new to recovery to navigate a balance between treatment and real life recovery. Situated on 18 rural acres, Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus compliments the Grand Rapids facilities, providing safe excursions to those in treatment in all our programs.

Wellness Activities

Wellness activities utilize recreation, creative expression, and other activity-based techniques to restore physical and psychological health. Activities such as art, movement, yoga, spiritual growth, and therapeutic excursions can be an important adjunct to the more traditional therapies. Residential treatment also incorporates outside and inside AA and NA meetings as well as other community building recovery activities. Meals are prepared by our house chef, and in-house alumni meetings and the Family Program are key components to this level of care.

The blue bedroom Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women
The blue bedroom Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women

Environment - Why Sanford for Residential Treatment?

  • This is a safe space. Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers is committed to prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by Federal, State or local laws.
  • Women and men develop, experience, and recover from addiction differently. Because of this, we have established separate residential facilities at Cherry Street for Women and John Street for Men. We also provide gender-specific programming in our Sanford West location. Specialty programs in the Sanford Outpatient Center may also designate separate genders. Though we identify as a gender specific treatment facility, we also treat individuals who are gender nonconforming. 
  • Medical services include 24 hour/day support for all residential All levels of care include on-site supervision by medical doctors with specialties in psychiatry and/or addictionology, advance practice providers, registered nurses and registered dietitians.
  • We provide a full physical examination and assessment upon admission to every Sanford program. We also provide ongoing monitoring of vitals and physiological symptoms, recommend and/or treat co-occurring physiological and psychological symptoms associated with the primary diagnosis, and manage medication.
  • Our clinical teams have master’s level or higher licensed social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists and Registered dietitians support the clinical team with regular individual, group and family support and education. And case managers are assigned to each patient, ensuring proper communication, transitions to other levels of care and ancillary services. For a sample residential schedule (from Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women) see below:
Residential addiction treatment schedule
Sample residential treatment schedule - Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women
  • Sanford is licensed by the State of Michigan and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • We offer person-centered, sophisticated and evidence-based treatment Our approaches include:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Emotion Focused Family Therapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Family-based treatment
    • Psychoeducation
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Seeking Safety
  • We involve family in the treatment and recovery process. The Family Program is designed to educate, provide resources, and build long-term community and communication.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

The cost of addiction treatment is an expense most individuals have never planned or budgeted for, and there are many contributing factors. The question of treatment cost does not have a simple answer; insurance coverage, financial circumstances, and treatment programs are different for each person. Sanford works with most insurance companies to utilize the best possible coverage and benefits. 844.776.9651

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Continuum of Care

The term “continuum of care” means the delivery of care over a period of time. We now know that operating a treatment program with a full continuum of care is best practice. This means connecting individuals to the various parts of the continuum, based on the assessed needs, at any given point in the recovery process. It also means interfacing with the community to educate about prevention, connecting individuals to the appropriate level of care when treatment is needed, and providing or connecting individuals/family with long-term recovery management.

At Sanford, we create a consistent system of treatment that guides and tracks our clients through all levels of treatment intensity. We recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes and resources. Successful treatment of substance use disorders typically requires continual evaluation and adjustments, similar to the approach taken for other chronic diseases. And we work directly with our patients to transition them into a safe living environment after residential treatment services.

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