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

A new Memorial Fund to Sister Mary Ellen Merrick has been established in her honor. Thank you for your prayers.

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

“No one enters Heaven alone”: Guest House commissions clinical director, colleagues

No one enters Heaven alone - we reach it through community, through helping one another, the Guest House clinical team was told at a recent Commissioning ceremony. As Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier explained, being in communion "means to be with someone and to...

Catholic Recovery: Guest House News

Guest House family starts new Memorial Fund, tribute to Sister Mary Ellen Merrick Guest House recently honored Sister Mary Ellen Merrick, the former executive director who died April 7, with a new memorial fund supported by a generous gift from Monsignor Paul...

Family of the Year: Trustee Patrick McDonald and family honored by Michigan Knights of Columbus

How do you get your entire family "onto the ark'' to share your Catholic journey? The family of Deacon Patrick McDonald, a Guest House trustee since 1987, was recently celebrated by the Michigan Knights of Columbus as "Family of the Year.'' All eight of the McDonald...

Clinical Care at Guest House, Part Two

At Guest House our experience has been that evidenced-based care (EBC) and best practice (BP) are clinical care services that complement each other. Therefore, Guest House incorporates multiple EBC and BP options in our delivery of clinical non-medical care. We...

Family History and Genetics

Guest House is pleased to share the following article offered on the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’s website from Facing Addiction with NCADD. An understanding of how family history and genetics can impact the propensity of alcohol and drug...

Current News From Guest House

Annual Leadership Conference The Guest House Annual Leadership Conference, historically held in the summer, has been given a new time of year and a new venue. We hope you will join us for the 2020 Annual Leadership Conference … January 13-16, 2020 DiamondHead Beach...

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...

Press Releases

Sister Mary Ellen Merrick’s Memorial Mass and Reception

Please join us for Sister Mary Ellen Merrick’s Memorial Mass and reception on Wednesday, May 29th at 1:00 pm in the Scripps Mansion chapel located on the Guest House campus. Reception to immediately follow. Guest House is located at 1601 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, Michigan.

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Guest House Daily Reflection

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
We are all part of something much greater than ourselves, something not confined to our own time and space. Every day, in someone you encounter, that “something” will make itself known. We need to embrace Jesus’ spirit of gratitude and humility, always aware of God’s love. We need a spirit of joy, that every prayer we offer and every good work we are able to do may be signs of God’s reign of peace and compassion in this time and place of ours.  

 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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