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

Guest House is planning a Memorial Mass for Sr. Mary Ellen Merrick, to be held in May 2019. If you would like details as arrangements are finalized please add your name and email address by clicking this link. Thank you all for your kind messages as we mourn the loss of our executive director and friend. 

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 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...

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...

Press Releases

Guest House Welcomes Back Rev. George Hazler, IVD, as Chaplain

Lake Orion, MI – March 2019 – Guest House is pleased to announce the return of Rev. George Hazler, IVD, as chaplain. Following a brief departure, Fr. George resumed his role as chaplain on March 15, 2019. A committed member of the Guest House team for over six years,...

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Guest House Daily Reflection

Luke 24: 35-48

The Christian community would never expand beyond Jerusalem if the disciples do not cast off their fears and worries.

On this Easter Thursday, we take a closer look at how we may be worrying our lives away and missing out on the joy of trusting Jesus to makes us His witnesses to all the world.

May we trust enough to give it all up to Him.

 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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