Sanford House is a gender-specific addiction treatment program for women, 18 years and older, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in April 2014 by Rae Green, a Master’s-level LPC and CADC, who studied to be a lawyer before switching gears and going back to school to get a degree in counseling. She worked for five years at another inpatient program for women before starting her own facility with the help of her husband, David. The organization offers both residential and outpatient treatment to adult women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Food
Named after the historic home that serves as the organization’s headquarters, Sanford House was built in 1847 by Samuel Ransom Sanford, a New York businessman that, ironically, owned the first drug store in Grand Rapids. The home is set on 12 acres of land in a quiet, wooded neighborhood. It has a total of 10 beds with rooms set up for double occupancy. Each client is provided with a twin bed, dresser, closet space and bedside table with a lamp. The home has a kitchen, dining room and a couple of living rooms where clients can hang out and watch TV.
Sanford House has an on-site cooking staff who prepare three nutritious meals a day. The chef works off a set menu but can often accommodate dietary restrictions. The kitchen also has coffee, snacks and juice available all day.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment process at Sanford House begins with an assessment to help determine the client’s level of need. While it doesn’t offer on-site medical detox, referrals can be made to outside facilities if necessary. Clients experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opiates can be treated on site with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). 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.
Although the exact length of the program is based on need, the average stay at Sanford House is 90 days. Treatment consists of both group and individual counseling, with clients attending several groups a day. Individual sessions are scheduled as needed. Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques including Seeking Safety, CBT and relapse prevention. Parenting, health and wellness and stress management classes are offered in addition to integrating the 12 steps into treatment. Clients can attend up to three outside AA/NA meetings a week and Sanford House provides transportation.
The staff includes Master’s-level mental health therapists CADCs, LCSWs, a RN and MD, as well as a chef and various other support staff.
As clients move through treatment, counselors meet with them regularly to help with aftercare planning. This includes helping clients find stable housing, look for jobs and possibly transition into Sanford House outpatient programs for further treatment.
Sanford House also offers family group sessions with clients every Monday evening at 7 pm. These meetings are aimed at providing substance abuse education as well as addressing co-dependency issues.
Rae Greens and her husband are in the process of acquiring another historic property in Grand Rapids to expand the organization to include a facility for men.
Sanford House focuses on introducing women to the 12 steps and while setting them up with a solid support system when they leave treatment. The comprehensive aftercare planning ensures a strong foundation for recovery and a strategy for a healthy life in sobriety. The additional options for outpatient care make this a great choice for women seeking lasting positive change.
540 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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