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

Ireland Pilgrimage: Following the steps of Venerable Matt Talbot

Guest House recently organized a pilgrimage to Ireland retracing the footsteps of Venerable Matt Talbot, patron to alcoholics, sobriety and people with addictions. A dozen pilgrims including Catholic priests, religious and Guest House leaders and patrons from across...

July: Rebuilding souls during Construction Season

Two Sandhill Cranes flew in a circle above our outdoor St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel as we gathered for an All Campus Mass. The mid-day July sun was bright and warm but just as the Eucharist was consecrated, a cool, loving breeze blew through, gently kissing our...

“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...

Press Releases

Guest House raises $75,000+ from sold out Golf Classic

LAKE ORION, Michigan – Guest House, the world’s first and most successful residential treatment and recovery provider for Catholic clergy and religious, raised more than $75,000 June 24, selling out all 144 slots for its 34th annual Guest House Golf Classic. “We...

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Guest House Daily Reflection

Matthew 11:25-27
When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the “childlike” he is not saying that our approach to faith should be dumbed down to the level of children.  He is calling us, instead, to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God: love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly, without limit or condition. 

 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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