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Originally known as the Detroit Protestant Episcopal City Mission Society, Mariners Inn was founded in 1925 and used a local church basement to provide food and lodging for the poor. In 1955, when Mariners Inn moved to its present location, its mission progressed to include substance abuse treatment. Located in a city which has historically experienced high levels of substance abuse and homelessness, Mariners Inn offers a 90-day residential treatment program for men and a 90-day residential youth prevention program for young men between the ages of 18 and 24 who are in imminent danger of falling into homelessness, drug addiction and/or criminal behavior. Mariners Inn is funded by a combination of public and private sources.

Accommodations and Food

Mariners Inn operates out of a large industrial unit adjacent to the rehab’s transitional living brownstone. The outside garden, created by residents as part of their horticulture therapy, is abundant with flowers and greenery. Inpatient residents are accommodated in a large space where 83 cots and lockers are lined up in rows. Against a wall are bookshelves crammed with books, and large windows provide ample light.

The youth prevention program’s residents are housed in a special unit of the 90-day residential program. Sections inside the facility are separated by partitions.

There is a large TV in the main lobby, as well as a pool table in the recreation room. Pay phone privileges are limited. Cell phones are turned in at intake, and returned to residents upon discharge.

Residents are served three hot meals a day, cafeteria-style. The American menu includes salads, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. Coffee is a staple, and chocolate and hard candy are allowed. Clients pay a certain amount each month toward their food. Payments are made via EBT food stamps, cash benefits or a payment plan.

Treatment and Staff

Using evidence-based treatment and the 12 steps, Mariners Inn believes that “recovery is real and possible” even for those who have hit rock bottom. Upon admission, each resident undergoes a preliminary assessment with a shift monitor and then completes intake with a counselor. While Mariners Inn does not provide on-site detox, they can refer to outside organizations for detox and accept clients for treatment after detox has taken place.

The 90-day program includes case management, group therapy, individual therapy, dual diagnosis support, holistic therapies, educational sessions and attendance at 12-step meetings, both on and off the premises. CBT and DBT are used during treatment and group therapy sessions focus on relapse prevention, step study and spirituality.

Educational topics may include conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, the nature of addiction, parenting skills, healthy relationships, and health and wellness. Residents are provided GED assistance, vocational assessments and referrals.

At the helm of Mariners Inn is David Sampson, a Master’s-level LSW. Besides Sampson, Mariners Inn employs approximately 50 staff members including Master’s-level licensed counselors, a psychiatrist and case managers. Interns, volunteers, peer support and the rehab’s pooch “Petey” complete the team. The ratio of staff to residents, including transitional housing and extended residency, is approximately one-to-three.

Mariners Inn’s extended residency program has a 32-bed capacity for those who have completed a 30-day treatment program and/or have acquired 30 days of sobriety. Transitional living, with a 36-bed capacity and two-year stay, is for employable residents who have successfully completed the 90-day program.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides individualized treatment plans for men, and uses therapies employed in the 90-day program.


In addition to gardening, Mariners Inn provides music and art therapy. The music program includes a choir that performs at local events.

There is a 14-day stabilization plan is for those who repeatedly relapse and Mariners Inn also provides a family therapy program and a CBT-based Strengthening Families program. Strengthening Families focuses on helping residents’ children learn about addiction, as well as reduce their risk factors for behavioral problems.

The alumni and outreach program helps former clients maintain sobriety and the youth prevention program provides outreach to local schools.

In Summary

Mariners Inn offers financially challenged men a chance to recover, rebuild their lives and reunite with their families. In short, this rehab gives men a second chance.

Mariners Inn Location

445 Ledyard
Detroit, MI 48201

Mariners Inn Cost

$0-sliding scale (90 days). Reach Mariners Inn by phone at 313-962-9446 ext. 221 or 222 or by email at Find Mariners Inn at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn

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