Addiction Treatment

You are not alone in this journey.

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases. (The American Society of Addiction Medicine)

Addiction can strip away all the things that make a person who they are.
Addiction can strip away all the things that make a person who they are.

What is Addiction? 

Unhealthy Patterns of Behavior

The disease of addiction manifests in many ways, creating unhealthy patterns of functioning. Missed appointments, social incidences, and broken promises are hallmarks of alcohol and drug dependence. Health and relationships are also negatively impacted. There are often legal issues or the threat of incarceration to deal with. When you struggle with this disease, you can feel immense guilt, shame, or hopelessness about your substance use. There are many telltale signs of addiction, but the primary characteristic is the persistent, compulsive use of a substance even when the consequences are adverse or dangerous. It can be a lonely existence, isolating a person from loved ones and previous passions. Addiction can strip away everything that makes you, you. 

At Sanford Behavioral Health, you and your family will learn about the disease of addiction and begin to heal together. You are not alone in this journey. Sanford offers addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment at all levels of care with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) available. This includes medically monitored detox as well as outpatient and withdrawal management support, with in-person and telehealth options.

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The front room Sanford House at John Street for Men

Environment - Why Sanford for Addiction Treatment?

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers is a residential and outpatient addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment center located in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford is uniquely positioned in the state to provide a full continuum of clinical, psychiatric, and medical services. Our modalities are based in neuroscience and guided by best practices and protocols established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Addiction Treatment Programs
  • Detox
  • Residential Treatment - Gender-Specific Programs
  • Day Programs (Partial Hospitalization or PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Group, Individual and Family Therapy
  • Family Education and Support
  • Long-Term Support for Patients and Families
Addiction Treatment Team
Medical - Our Medical services are led by Gilbert Masterson, M. D. with 24 hour/day support for all residential patients. 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.

Assessment - 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.

Clinical - Our clinical teams are led by Clinical Director, Lynnel Brewster, RN, LPC, LLMFT, CCTP. Teams are made up of master’s level or higher licensed social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. 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.

Comfortable and Safe Facilities

All our facilities are homelike, non-bureaucratic and beautiful. They do not look or feel like hospitals, although they provide high level medical care. Simply put, healing happens best in an aesthetically pleasing environment, and addiction treatment is more successful if you feel comfortable and safe. A pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress, promoting self-care, and serve as a vehicle to healing. Our science-based programs also incorporate 12-step methodology, whole-body wellness, and the vital role of the family in its approach to treatment.

We Treat Addiction to the Following Substances

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Drinking alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways. This can lead to changes in mood, behavior, thinking, memory, and coordination. The use of alcohol reduces the function of behavioral inhibitory centers in the cerebral cortex, which makes a person feel less inhibited. Alcohol also acts as a sedative on the central nervous system.

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Commonly prescribed to treat pain, opioids include heroin and medications such as hydrocodone, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. When someone takes opioids in high doses, their heart rate and breathing become depressed. An opioid overdose may stop the heart and breathing altogether, leading to death. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. But, these substances cause severe physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms that often require medically aided assistance to discontinue...

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Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs. Problem users may rely on the substance to combat feelings of anxiety and depression and ignore how marijuana use interferes with their daily functioning.

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Sedative substances slow activity in the brain and body. Sedatives are prescribed by a doctor to induce calm or sleep. When used inappropriately, sedatives dangerously slow breathing and heart rate. They also interfere with memory and decision-making. Benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, diazepam, and clonazepam are all sedatives...

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Stimulant medications (like Adderall), as well as cocaine and methamphetamine, disrupt normal communication between brain cells. Stimulants flood the brain with dopamine, contributing to their highly addictive nature. Dopamine, or “the pleasure center” prevents the user from recognizing their damaging effects. Stimulants often induce hostility and paranoia...

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Inhalants are those substances consumed through inhalation, to momentarily slow brain activity. They starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and faster. Users can lose their sense of hearing or smell. Chronic inhalant use can lead to muscle wasting. Long term use gradually damages lungs and the immune system. Household substances such as cleaning fluids and paint thinner are potential inhalants. Whippets and whipped cream canisters are used most often by teens while amyl nitrate and nitrous oxide are common to all ages...

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Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs contain fabricated materials, and often contain ingredients unknown to users. Ecstasy, LSD, and bath salts are synthetic drugs. Due to the fast rate of production and distribution, symptoms of synthetic drug are difficult to define and the results are often unpredictable.

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Hallucinogens are a wide-ranging group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories: hallucinogens like LSD, and dissociative drugs like PCP. Both types of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are not...

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Addiction Treatment Programs

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Sanford West Detox Center is the first step in our full continuum of care. Sanford Behavioral Health provides sub-acute detox treatment for our patients. This includes medically monitored detox for acute withdrawal, as well as withdrawal management, and outpatient support for post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Our Detox Treatment Center is located 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, at the Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus.

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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, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs allow for the continuation of day to day activities while integrating effective strategies to manage recovery. Programs are conducted in-person and also via telehealth.

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Sanford House at John Street for Men is a treatment center designed specifically for men in recovery. 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 Cherry Street for Women offers residential and day programs to women overcoming addiction. It is located in a historic home in the heart of Grand Rapids. Our clinical and medical staff offer specialized care and follow a program that accentuates each woman's inherent values and strengths.

Sanford West gender-specific addiction treatment programs provide an integrated approach for higher acuity patients with co-occurring (at the same time) mental health conditions or those transitioning from detox, or other programs on the campus.

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Medication Managed and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Many patients who struggle with addiction also have co-occurring psychiatric illnesses. This means they may experience the effects of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as drug or alcohol addiction. Sanford is a certified co-occurring disorder treatment center

In response to the opioid epidemic, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) was developed to serve as an adjunct to evidence-based addiction treatment. Our MAT program also incorporates 12-step methodology, therapy, whole-body wellness, and family in its approach. MAT helps patients comfortably detox and it helps to reduce drug cravings. All our programs are overseen by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gilbert Masterson, and all levels of care receive supervision by medical staff.

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Family Programs

We are proud of our robust Family Program, created to include the loved ones of our patients during treatment and beyond. Family involvement is one of the most important components for a healthy long-term recovery. Because of this, we provide these programs at no charge. Sanford has developed its family programs to work with all members of the family. The programs also give loved ones the tools and resources they need to manage the inevitable bumps on the road to recovery

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How Much Does Treatment Cost?

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 Learn More About Our Free Insurance Assessment

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