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
  • Catholic Deacons
  • Men Religious/Brothers
  • Seminarians
  • Women Religious

 Treatment Works

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

Recovery is Possible

Some wonder how God’s ordained and consecrated could be in need of such services. The individuals who serve God and the Church are people first, and they are vulnerable to illness and disease in the same way any other person is. (Addiction is a disease of the brain.) This truth has been the impetus of the mission and ministry of Guest House since 1956.
We welcome these individuals 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



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 is a Health Care Ministry

There are many organizations in the health care industry, but Guest House is special because we are a health care ministry. We are a “hospital and hospice, a haven and sanctuary.” Our culture sets us apart from others. We were founded by a layman, Austin Ripley, who...

Intervention – A Purposeful Beginning

Intervention comes from the Latin word intervenire, which means to come between or interrupt. Generally, an intervention is intended to make things better. It happens when compassionate people feel help is needed to bring awareness of a concern to another person. The...

The Latest Happenings at Guest House

On March 21, 2018, the Guest House staff was excited to be part of the blessing and dedication of the new “Austin Ripley Heritage Room” in the Management Services Office on the Guest House campus. With the inspiration of Guest House chaplain, Fr. George Hazler, IVD,...

Guest House Continues to Grow

Within the past several months, Guest House has experienced some growth to ensure that we continue to provide effective life-saving and ethical treatment every day with compassion and respect. We honor the intentions of our founder Austin Ripley and provide a...

The Yellow Brick Road to Recovery

Sometimes, in working with clients, I use the story of the Wizard of Oz to talk about the spiritual aspect of the disease of addiction. You know the story: Dorothy becomes displaced and is looking for a home, Scarecrow needs brains, Tin Man hopes for a heart and...

Explore Sobriety at the Guest House 17th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

Addiction impacts clergy and religious, regardless of age. Join diocesan and men’s religious community leadership and others who advocate for the well-being of clergy and men religious at the Guest House 17th Annual Summer Leadership Conference, July 9-11, 2018, at...

Guest House Celebrates the Beginning of Lent

On Ash Wednesday, about 70 Guest House clients, staff and Board of Trustee members came together to celebrate the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Campus Mass and Luncheon at the William E. Scripps Estate on the Guest House grounds. The Mass was celebrated in...

Guest House Offers Addiction Awareness Training

Addiction and behavioral health awareness are key elements of successful ministry in today’s culture, and Guest House welcomes opportunities to share information in these areas with seminaries and other groups. Our goal is to share some understanding of addictive...

Why Are Alumni Retreats Important?

Alumni (includes alumnae) retreats and seminars are offered throughout the year, and our most recent ones were in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, just last month in January. The winter alumni (men) seminar was January 8-11, and the winter alumnae retreat was January 18-21....

What Are Alumni Retreats?

At Guest House anyone who has completed one of our treatment programs is considered an alumnus or alumna, if he or she wishes. We are proud of our extended yet close-knit community of alumni. They live all over the world, and many relish the opportunities to...

Press Releases

Guest House Daily Reflection

Matthew 11:20-24

What then is the sin of Chorazin and Bethsaida? It is a sin of a people who forget the responsibility of privilege.

To the cities of Galilee had been given a privilege, an opportunity which the other cities did not receive. We cannot condemn one who has gone wrong because of ignorance; but if someone has the chance to know what is right, then he or she is responsible.

It is a sin of indifference. The cities do not attack Jesus. They just ignore Him and His message. Indifference does not burn a religion to death; it freezes it to death. It does not behead it; it slowly suffocates it.

We can become so wrapped up in ourselves that we fail to recognize others. If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

 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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