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

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....

Work That Brings Joy

Recently, the staff was asked why they work at Guest House. Responses were filled with enthusiasm! “Working at Guest House means I am a part of making a positive and powerful difference … in the world. It is good and noble work,” shares a long-time staff member who...

Statement About Suicide in the News

Guest House shares the following statement offered on June 8, 2018, by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) to provide information and direction in an effort to increase awareness of suicide and to help prevent such tragedies. The understanding that addiction...

Leadership Conference Success

In early July, Guest House hosted our 17th Annual Summer Leadership Conference in Troy, Michigan. Nearly 40 participants and some of our own staff benefited from exceptional presentations. Our guests left with a great deal of valuable information and an understanding...

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,...

Press Releases

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

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Luke 17:7-10

Jesus reminds us in this parable of the faithful servants that our relationship with God should not fill us with self-righteousness but humble us with gratitude for what God has done for us in our lives.

In both great struggles and quiet Christian duty, we are doing no more than what is expected of us as Christians. The only meaningful response we can make to God is to try to love others as He loves us.

We live and move and have our being only because of the incomprehensible, creative love of God.

 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.

Recovery Starts Here

Guest House, Inc.
Mission Services Office

1601 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360

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