Sanford House is a gender-specific addiction treatment program for women, 18 years and older, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The organization offers both residential and outpatient care to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Sanford House was founded in April 2014 by Rae Green, a Master’s-level LPC and CADC who worked at a rehab for women for five years before opening her own facility with the help of her husband, David. It has three levels of outpatient care: a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a standard outpatient track. Those who have been court-ordered to attend treatment can work with a counselor to design a plan that suits their needs and fulfills legal requirements.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment process at Sanford House begins with an assessment to help determine the client’s level of need. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is available in conjunction with an outpatient program, if necessary. Sanford House is also equipped to provide dual diagnosis support and has a mental health therapist on staff to treat clients with co-occurring disorders.
Outpatient treatment take place in a historic carriage house on the facility’s grounds, which allows for groups in a quiet and private setting. The philosophy of the organization is that women often do not get the help they need because it means putting their lives on hold. The Sanford House outpatient programs are designed for women who are either transitioning out of the residential program or who can’t take time off from their commitments at work, school or family.
PHP clients attend six hours of treatment a day, five to six days a week. This includes group, individual and family, if applicable. Flexible programming allows clients to choose treatment hours that work best for them. The initial PHP stage usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the client. After the this phase, clients transition to IOP, which consists of three groups a week for about eight weeks.
Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques including Seeking Safety, CBT and relapse prevention. Parenting, health and wellness and stress management are also offered. Individual counseling is scheduled on an as-needed basis. Sanford House also integrates the 12 steps into treatment and clients must attend up to three outside AA/NA meeting a week.
Sanford House offers family group sessions with clients every Monday evening at 7pm. These meetings are aimed at providing substance abuse education as well as addressing co-dependency issues.
Sanford House focuses on introducing clients to the 12 steps and helping them establish an outside support system for when leave treatment. With the flexible outpatient options, Sanford House is dedicated to providing treatment to women who may not otherwise be able to make the time to help themselves.
Sanford House Location
540 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sanford House Outpatient Cost
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