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

Clinical Care at Guest House, Part One

Evidenced-based care (EBC) is based upon three principles: (1) care that is researched and evidences effective outcomes, (2) care that uses clinical expertise to identify each patient's condition, diagnosis, risks and benefits associated with the intervention and (3)...

How Can the Opioid Crisis Affect Me?

The opioid crisis is a major concern in our world today. This epidemic affects everyone, regardless of vocation, profession, economic status or race. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a somber statistic: “From 1999 to 2017, almost 400,000...

Guest House Regional Days of Reflection: A Time of Health and Wellness Open to All Clergy and Religious

In addition to our alumni and leadership programs throughout the year, Guest House is offering “Day of Reflection” retreats in different areas within the country, and you are invited. The one-day retreats are a meaningful opportunity open to our alumni as well other...

Care and Practice Guidelines

In healthcare settings evidence-based care and clinical practice guidelines are important terms to understand. Both are strategies to ensure that quality care is delivered in healthcare settings such as Guest House. In 1998, the Institute of Medicine initiated a...

Special Guests Bring Gratitude and Hope to Campus

Guest House recently had the honor of some special guests on campus. In November, three of our alumni came to Guest House from three “corners” of the US – California, Maine and Alabama – for their own group-planned, five-day retreat. These three men walked with one...

Guest House Activity: USCCB and Video Production

USCCB In November, Guest House was honored to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the USCCB annual fall general assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, by sponsoring one of the assembly luncheons. During the lunch, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron...

What is the Trauma Connection?

Many people are unable to see any link between their problematic habits and addictive behavior in adulthood and their adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, oftentimes there is a direct connection. Abuse and neglect while growing up can result in children...

The God of Second Chances and the Venerable Matt Talbot

As we journey through life, we walk with a God who promises resurrection and new life, even this side of the grave. We walk with a God of Second Chances who allows U-turns on the road of life. We all know that U-turns can be painful. Yet, as the literature of...

Guest House Embarks on a Pilgrimage to Ireland

Guest House is embarking on a new adventure, and you are invited to be a part of it. Alumni, benefactors and friends of Guest House, including all in leadership roles in the Church, are welcome to join us as we celebrate the legacy of Matt Talbot on a pilgrimage to...

GH Alumni Needed to Support Treatment Center in Ukraine!

Guest House is involved in a collaborative effort in the Ukraine to help clergy who struggle with alcohol problems. Transfiguration House, a small treatment center in Western Ukraine (Lviv-Rudno), recently opened under the auspices of the Ukrainian Catholic Church....

Press Releases

Guest House Announces Dr. Robert Steele as New Board Chair

Lake Orion, MI – January 2019 – Guest House is proud to announce Robert D. Steele, MD, as the new chair of its Board of Trustees. Steele accepted the position in October, with start date of January 1, 2019, and he will serve a two-year term. A trustee since 2000,...

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Guest House Introduces Its Healing Ministry Video

Lake Orion, MI – November 2018 – Guest House is pleased to introduce “The Healing Ministry of Guest House,” a feature video sharing the positive outcome of treatment – the return of clergy and religious to their ministries. Earlier this year, Guest House staff agreed...

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Guest House Daily Reflection

Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24

Joseph never once asks, “What’s in this for me?”

Joseph is noted for his immediate yes-response to the task at hand. He lov­ingly takes Mary into his home at the call of the angel, and he provides a loving home no matter what the consequences are for him.

Instead of manipulating he complies with and accepts the Lord’s challenge in his life. Joseph points the way today.

When all our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have and not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.

 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.

Treatment Works
Recovery Is Possible

Guest House, Inc.

1601 Joslyn Road

Lake Orion, Michigan 48360


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