Men’s Treatment Program
A Place of Hope & Healing
Serving priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians who suffer from substance use disorders, process addictions and compulsive overeating.
The newly renovated men’s center offer 16 private suites, dining area, common rooms and chapel, on the 105-acre retreat-like grounds that are conducive to healing and recovery.
The Men’s Treatment Program Overview
For those interested in more information, our program is detailed in the segments below.
At any time, feel free to contact:
Joseph Shoots, MA, LLP, CAADC
Men’s Treatment Program
State-licensed and CARF accredited, we offer over 60 years of successful care to more than 6500 clergy and men religious through our unique offerings:
Intervention Assistance – from initial gathering of information to complete professional evaluation, we assist every step of the way
Admissions – treatment is offered without regard to ability to pay
Individualized treatment – interdisciplinary and interpersonally-focused plans created for each client with length of stay based on need
Holistic treatment – plans include spiritual, physical, psychological and psychosocial components – wellness, exercise and nutrition are critical elements
Spiritual Component – full-time chaplain provides spiritual support and direction, and men’s chapel is located in treatment center with Mass celebrated daily
Twelve-Step Recovery – programs are based on the spirituality of twelve-step recovery
Ministry Re-Entry – visits scheduled with the client, parish or religious community and the therapist that follow residential treatment when the client returns to his ministry
Continuing Care – care following residential treatment at consistent intervals for three years
Alumni Network – four retreats/seminars offered annually for alumni (graduates of our treatment program) to support and celebrate their continued recovery
Our Program Details
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Intervention Assistance Program
Designed to help get someone started on the road to recovery, the aim is to unmask the denial and guide the priest, deacon, brother or seminarian in admitting there is a possible problem. This is the first step and only way to recovery.
Included in our Intervention Assistance Program:
- Consultation, including assisting in information gathering and preparation — on site, if necessary
- Telephone contact and support throughout the process
- Staff support during the actual intervention, if needed
- Professional evaluation in an appropriate clinical setting
- Recommendation of treatment options at Guest House and/or escort to another professional treatment facility
Assessment & Evaluation
Effective treatment begins with a thorough understanding of the individual’s difficulties and the impact of those difficulties on his diocese or community.
Included in our Professional Assessment:
- Psychological test battery and clinical interview
- Complete physical examination
- Thorough psychosocial history with particular attention to long-standing patterns of difficulty
- Spiritual summary which reviews the priest’s, deacon’s, brother’s or seminarian’s spiritual journey
- Comprehensive addiction screening process
- Feedback conference with the client, his leadership and the evaluating team to review the results of the assessment and discuss recommendations of the staff
Referrals & Admissions
Referrals may be made by authorized representatives of the diocese or religious community, primary treatment centers, physicians, other concerned individuals or the priest, deacon, brother, or seminarian himself. The admission must be approved by the bishop of the diocese or religious leadership.
Guest House will admit any clergy or man religious who is suffering from any substance use disorder, process addiction or compulsive overeating or who is experiencing difficulties related to substance use or is at risk of relapsing.
- Treatment provided regardless of ability to pay
- Admissions scheduled by appointment
- Guest House escort from local airport provided
- Handicapped-accessible rooms available
As a state-licensed residential treatment center in Lake Orion, Michigan, we have certified and licensed staff and are CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited.
We evaluate for and treat:
- substance use disorders – alcohol, other drugs and prescription medication (if necessary, medically-responsible withdrawal from substances)
- process addictions – spending, gambling/gaming, cluttering, hoarding, internet, credit card use
- compulsive overeating
- co-occurring mental, physical or medical disorders
The men’s program serves priests, deacons, brothers, and seminarians from across the United States as well as around the world.
Included in our services:
- Comprehensive evaluation services, including spiritual, physical, psychological and psychosocial components
- Strong spiritual component with full-time chaplain providing spiritual support and direction, and the men’s chapel is located in the treatment center with Mass celebrated daily
- An individualized, intensive, interdisciplinary, interpersonally-focused treatment program with length of stay based on need (average three months); client progress and medical needs monitored by on-site, full-time medical director with 24/7 on-site nursing care
- Holistic program based on the spirituality of twelve-step recovery, offering a sequential approach and a balance between taking/accepting responsibility for actions and listening/accepting guidance, including individual and group therapy with full-time therapy staff
- Partnership with HealthQuest Physical Therapy, providing on-site services that include physical health screening, two to three-week program with physical therapist, access to the on-campus gym and full fitness assessment/program with trainer, as needed
- On-site, full-time registered dietitian nutritionist, who provides nutrition assessment and works with clients on a meal plan and nutrition education
- Re-entry visits to assist with smooth transition in return to ministry in a parish or community
- Three-year continuing care and follow-up services to reinforce the practice of learned skills in daily life
- Alumni network offering four retreats/seminars offered annually for alumni (graduates of our treatment program) to support and celebrate their continued recovery
- Consultation for community leadership and formation personnel
- Collaboration with leadership
- Treatment provided without regard to a diocese’s or community’s ability to pay for services
Continuing Care & Recovery
Important to quality recovery, continuing care is what happens following residential treatment and is offered in three phases, reinforcing learned skills in daily life. The phases take place at Guest House and provide opportunity for those in recovery to meet with their clinicians and others in recovery to help maintain progress.
Included to support ongoing recovery:
- Detailed description of ongoing support needed
- Therapeutic leave near the end of the residential program which allows the priest, brother, deacon or seminarian to share his experience, needs and commitments to his recovery with significant persons in his community, family and ministerial life
- Re-entry visit which may be scheduled with the parish or religious community, the client and the therapist to assist with smooth transition in return to ministry
- Continuing care at consistent intervals, during a three-year period following residential treatment, reinforcing the practice of learned skills in daily life
- An alumni network of clergy and men religious in recovery from a variety of addictive disorders who gather for retreats/seminars offered four times annually to support and celebrate in fellowship their continuing recovery
“Over these past six decades, I am very grateful of the good work done by Guest House and by the good work done by their alumni. I am proud to be in the succession of Archbishops who have had the easy task of placing confidence in Guest House’s approach, beginning with Edward Cardinal Mooney. Guest House found a home in our Archdiocese and continues to do great work for so many men and women who have given their lives to Christ.”
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit
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Men’s Chapel – Windows from Rochester
In 2014, when the men’s program returned to Lake Orion, Michigan, following a long stay in Rochester, Minnesota, there was a desire to bring some of the spiritual presence from Rochester to Lake Orion, especially for the transitioning clients and staff at the time. The new men’s chapel in Lake Orion was designed and built to include historic architectural elements from Rochester. The stained glass and faceted glass that created the sacred space in Rochester travelled miles to Lake Orion and were carefully installed, preserving the transformation and redemption that had taken place in the past and offering hope that the journey would continue. Pictured here are just some of the historic pieces in the chapel.
Click play on the video to hear a Catholic Priest with extensive Behavioral Health professional training talk about his very first drink as a young man, his early alcohol use, alcohol abuse and progression into full blown alcoholism.