Women’s Treatment Program

A Place of Hope & Healing

Serving women religious who suffer from substance use disorders, process addictions and compulsive overeating; and now accepting requests for mental health concerns that are not related to substance use disorders or process addictions.

The new women’s center (2014) offer ten private suites, dining area, common rooms and chapel, on the 105-acre retreat-like grounds that are conducive to healing and recovery.

The Women’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:

Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, D.Min., CAADC, MAC
Executive Director
Women’s Treatment Program
memerrick@guesthouse.org
800-626-6910

NEW! Now accepting requests for mental health concerns that are not related to substance use disorders or process addictions, including mood disorders, anxiety, relational difficulties and OCD.

State-licensed and CARF accredited, we offer over 23 years of successful care to more than 600 Sisters 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, nutrition and individual/group therapy are critical elements
  • Spiritual Component – full-time chaplain provides spiritual support and direction, and women’s chapel is located in treatment center with Mass celebrated daily except Saturday
  • Twelve-Step Recovery – programs are 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
  • Circle of Care – a program to assist communities in welcoming the Sister home with peace and joy for all involved
  • Continuing Care – care following residential treatment at consistent intervals for five years, reinforcing the practice of learned skills in daily life
  • Alumni Network – annual retreats offered for alumnae (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 Sister 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 Sister’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 Sister’s community, primary treatment centers, physicians, other concerned individuals or the Sister herself. The admission must be approved by the Sister’s leadership.

Guest House will admit any Sister who is suffering from any substance use disorder, process addiction or compulsive overeating or who is experiencing difficulties related to substance use.

  • Treatment provided regardless of ability to pay
  • Admissions scheduled by appointment
  • Guest House escort from local airport provided
  • Handicapped-accessible rooms available
Treatment

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
  • mental health concerns that are not related to substance use disorders or process addictions – mood disorders, anxiety, relational difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder

The women’s program serves women religious 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, multi-modal, interpersonally-focused treatment program with length of stay based on need (average five months)
  • 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
  • Circle of Care program to assist communities in welcoming the Sister home with peace and joy for all involved
  • Five-year continuing care and follow-up services after residential treatment, reinforcing the practice of learned skills in daily life
  • Alumnae network offering annual retreats for alumnae (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 Sister to share her experience, needs and commitments to her recovery with significant persons in her community, family and ministerial life
  • Circle of Care program to assist communities in welcoming the Sister home with peace and joy for all involved
  • Continuing care workshops every three or six months, during a five-year period following residential treatment
  • An alumnae network of women religious in recovery from a variety of addictive disorders who gather for retreats offered annually to support and celebrate in fellowship their continuing recovery

“Guest House has certainly been a place of blessing for our community. The services provided are not just professionally excellent but pastorally administered. It makes such a difference for a Sister who is experiencing the challenges of addiction to be in an atmosphere in which her life of consecration and commitment is not only understood but respected and reverenced. Being with other ‘Sister companions’ on the healing journey is a blessing as well!”

Sister M. Anncarla Costello, SND Provincial Superior, Sisters of Notre Dame

Tour the Women’s Treatment Center

Graphic Illustration and Reflection

With gratitude to Donna Korba, IHM (Scranton, PA)

“Dynamism, color and complexity generate an upward movement from the darkness of addiction into the light of recovery. Women of diversity reach toward healing from broken hearts and torn lives in the context of supportive community, trust and interdependence. Interwoven circles of wholeness and communion illuminate the strong uplifted cross, ever present in the background, as a reminder of the agony of despair and the victory of life transformed by suffering and grace.”

Click play on the video to hear Sr. Jean reflect on her Catholic upbringing and how religion was the dominant factor in her life.

For More Information:

Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, D. Min., CAADC, MAC
Executive Director
Women’s Treatment Program

memerrick@guesthouse.org

800-626-6910