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Located in Pontiac, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Solutions to Recovery offers gender-specific, residential substance abuse treatment with a 12-step focus to men and women over the age of 17. The goal of Solutions to Recovery is to encourage substance-free living. The program is provides assistance to dual-diagnosis residents with medication management, drug and alcohol education, and relapse prevention.

Accommodations and Food

Solutions to Recovery is set up in a traditional treatment center layout. There are gender-specific houses, with 12 beds for men and eight for women. Bedrooms are shared between two clients, featuring twin-sized beds and adequate closet space. The buildings also feature a common area with a TV. Smoking is permitted outside during break times. Exercise is rather limited, but residents can go outside for short, supervised walks when the weather permits.

Clients are provided with three meals per day that are prepared by staff. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Coffee and snacks are provided throughout the day.

Treatment and Staff

Solutions to Recovery’s residential program lasts 90 days and is essentially the same for men and women, beginning with a 14-day period of at least six hours of daily group therapy and 12-step work. Although each client meets with their counselor for a daily progress report, individual therapy is typically once a week. A visiting psychiatrist is available to meet more often with those on medication for co-occurring conditions. Group therapy topics include parenting, relapse prevention, self-esteem, coping skills, trauma and the 12 steps. The initial two weeks include a probationary period, during which clients have no phone access, no visitation and no off-site privileges.

After the probationary period, residents are allowed to attend off-site AA/NA meetings, as well as court or medical appointments. During this time, the therapy schedule continues, although some clients may be eligible to decrease group therapy attendance. Clients are required to attend several 12-step meetings per week. During group therapy, the steps are discussed in greater detail. While sponsorship is not required, it is strongly suggested as a form of ongoing support once the client leaves treatment.

The staff includes certified substance abuse counselors, nurses and a consulting psychiatrist.


Solutions to Recovery offers an optional third-phase aftercare and transitional housing program that lasts 90 days. This includes placement in an affiliated sober living residence where clients participate in at least one group counseling session per day and weekly progress reporting to their primary counselor and get help with developing a discharge plan. Urinalysis screens are randomly scheduled at least once per week for all clients. Three meals per day, laundry facilities and transportation to daily AA/NA meetings are provided.

In Summary

Solutions to Recovery offers a no-frills, gender-specific residential program for substance abuse. While some rehabs offer a quick 30-day recovery window, this facility realizes the importance of spreading treatment over 90 days. The accommodations may not be hotel quality, but the program builds a solid base of sobriety.

Solutions to Recovery Location

24 W Tennyson Ave
Pontiac, MI 48340

Solutions to Recovery Cost

Sliding scale (90 days). Reach Solutions to Recovery by phone at (258) 454-0130.

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