Welcome to Guest House

Our Mission is to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to assure that Catholic clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions have the best opportunity for quality recovery and overall health and wellness. Guest House has been serving the Catholic Church for over 60 years.

Contact us at 800-626-6910
1601 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360

Why Guest House?

We Serve

  • Catholic priests
  • Deacons
  • Brothers
  • Seminarians
  • Women religious

We Evaluate for and Treat

  • Substance Use Disorders – alcohol, other drugs, prescription medication (if necessary, medically-responsible withdrawal from substances)
  • Process Addictions – spending, gambling/gaming, cluttering, hoarding, internet, credit card
  • Compulsive Overeating
  • Co-occurring Mental, Physical or Medical Disorders
  • Mental Health Concerns in Women Religious (not related to substance use disorders or process addictions) – mood disorders, anxiety, relational difficulties, OCD

What Makes Us Special

  • Intervention assistance
  • Individualized and holistic treatment – including strong spiritual component
  • Twelve-step recovery
  • Ministry re-entry
  • Continuing care

Some wonder how God’s ordained and consecrated could be in need of such services. These people who serve God and the Church are people first, and they are vulnerable to illness and disease as another person is. (Addiction is a disease of the brain.) We welcome them warmly and are committed to walking with them on their recovery journey.

Guest House, Catholic addiction treatment center

Men's Treatment Program

Over 60 years (since 1956) of saving lives and saving the
vocations of over 6500 clergy and men religious

Guest House, Catholic addiction treatment center

Women's Treatment Program

Over 23 years (since 1994)  of saving lives and
vocations of over 600 women religious

Events

Inspiration

About Guest House, Inc.

Guest House, Inc., included in the Official Catholic Directory, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, licensed and CARF accredited health care provider and specializes in addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and men and women religious. We rely on philanthropy from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations to carry out our ministry.

From the Guest House Blog

Guest House Celebrates a Campus Mass, Commissioning Ceremony and Luncheon

On October 11, about 75 Guest House clients, staff and Board of Trustees came together to celebrate a Campus Mass, Commissioning Ceremony and Luncheon at the William E. Scripps Estate on the Guest House grounds. The Mass was celebrated in the Mansion Chapel with Rev....

What’s Happening at Guest House

In August, we were pleased to have a special Mass to bless and dedicate the new stained glass windows in the women’s center chapel; these windows provide some continuity with the other chapels on campus. Through the generosity of our benefactors, the stained glass...

Do Catholics Need Therapy?

Some people have an inaccurate view of therapy, thinking it is only for those who are visibly “disturbed.” Some even think that Catholics should have enough direction through prayer, the sacraments and the study of saints that they would never need therapy. But how do...

Wellness of Mind

Wellness is a continuous process of change and growth – of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy life. Everyone affects their own wellness. A dimensional concept, wellness includes the well-being of body, mind and spirit. All the pieces are addressed...

Guest House Featured in Global Sisters Report

Guest House was recently featured in a powerful piece about Sisters and addiction published by Global Sisters Report (project of National Catholic Reporter), a non-profit news organization that covers Catholic sisters around the world. We share with hope that you may...

Blessing and Dedication of New Stained Glass Windows in Women’s Chapel

Blessing and Dedication During Mass, August 23, 2017 Celebrant - Guest House Chaplain Fr. George Hazler Celebrant: Lord of Light, in the beginning, you separated the light from the darkness and said it was good. All: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness...

Human Development

Hand-in-hand with the Guest House mission of overall health and wellness is the concept of human development. Guest House publishes a quarterly journal entitled, Human Development. The journal seeks to offer a “confluence” or merging of spirituality and psychology,...

Wellness of Body – It’s What You Eat!

Nutrition is critical to good health because wellness involves the whole person: body, mind and spirit; and nutrition is high on the priority list in the wellness plan at Guest House. Physical wellness requires a balance in physical activity and nutrition to keep a...

Wellness of Body – It’s What You Do!

Wellness is an active process of change and growth – of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy lifestyle. All individuals must be involved in their wellness. A multi-faceted idea, wellness includes the well-being of body, mind and spirit. All the pieces...

A thought as we begin the final full week of July…

“You can never love another person unless you are equally involved in the beautiful but difficult spiritual work of learning to love yourself.”  -Anam Cara

Press Releases

Record Attendance at 59th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner

Lake Orion, MI – October 2017 – With the highest attendance in three years, Guest House hosted the 59th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The event began with Mass at Christ Our Light Parish in Troy. His Excellency Allen H. Vigneron,...

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Guest House Daily Reflection

Thanksgiving Day
Luke 17:11-19

I believe the one imperative to happy, permanent, effective sobriety for anyone is the simple virtue of gratitude. Gratitude is the memory of the heart – that quality which enables us to double our blessings by sharing it with one another. It is the golden tray on which we give to one another the things we have received from God.

Gratitude by Austin Ripley, Founder of Guest House

 Publications and Resources

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His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin reflecting on why Guest House is by far the best addiction treatment for clergy and men and women religious.

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