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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Guest House Continues to Grow

Within the past several months, Guest House has experienced some growth to ensure that we continue to provide effective life-saving and ethical treatment every day with compassion and respect. We honor the intentions of our founder Austin Ripley and provide a...

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The Yellow Brick Road to Recovery

Sometimes, in working with clients, I use the story of the Wizard of Oz to talk about the spiritual aspect of the disease of addiction. You know the story: Dorothy becomes displaced and is looking for a home, Scarecrow needs brains, Tin Man hopes for a heart and...

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Guest House Celebrates the Beginning of Lent

On Ash Wednesday, about 70 Guest House clients, staff and Board of Trustee members came together to celebrate the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Campus Mass and Luncheon at the William E. Scripps Estate on the Guest House grounds. The Mass was celebrated in...

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Guest House Offers Addiction Awareness Training

Addiction and behavioral health awareness are key elements of successful ministry in today’s culture, and Guest House welcomes opportunities to share information in these areas with seminaries and other groups. Our goal is to share some understanding of addictive...

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Why Are Alumni Retreats Important?

Alumni (includes alumnae) retreats and seminars are offered throughout the year, and our most recent ones were in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, just last month in January. The winter alumni (men) seminar was January 8-11, and the winter alumnae retreat was January 18-21....

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What Are Alumni Retreats?

At Guest House anyone who has completed one of our treatment programs is considered an alumnus or alumna, if he or she wishes. We are proud of our extended yet close-knit community of alumni. They live all over the world, and many relish the opportunities to...

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From Bethlehem to Bedlam

The function of language is to reflect reality. Sometimes language changes in order to reflect changing realities. In England, in 1247, a new hospital was named St. Mary of Bethlehem. It was a good name for a hospital - warm, comforting, peaceful. However, two...

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Recent Happenings at Guest House

The 59th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner took place on Thursday, October 19. Hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, this year’s event began with Mass at Christ Our Light Parish in Troy, Michigan, followed by reception and dinner at Somerset...

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The Role of Mindfulness in Wellness

In today’s lifestyle it is growing more and more difficult to think about just one thing at a time. Technology seems to fracture people’s attention while allowing them to be many places at once. Everyone is hyper connected. Mindfulness is intended to help people quiet...

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Wellness of Spirit at Guest House

The concept of wellness includes the well-being of body and mind, but equally important is the well-being of spirit. At Guest House this spiritual wellness is a critical piece of the treatment offered that promotes the best opportunity for quality recovery and overall...

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What’s Happening at Guest House

In August, we were pleased to have a special Mass to bless and dedicate the new stained glass windows in the women’s center chapel; these windows provide some continuity with the other chapels on campus. Through the generosity of our benefactors, the stained glass...

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Do Catholics Need Therapy?

Some people have an inaccurate view of therapy, thinking it is only for those who are visibly “disturbed.” Some even think that Catholics should have enough direction through prayer, the sacraments and the study of saints that they would never need therapy. But how do...

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Wellness of Mind

Wellness is a continuous process of change and growth – of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy life. Everyone affects their own wellness. A dimensional concept, wellness includes the well-being of body, mind and spirit. All the pieces are addressed...

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Guest House Featured in Global Sisters Report

Guest House was recently featured in a powerful piece about Sisters and addiction published by Global Sisters Report (project of National Catholic Reporter), a non-profit news organization that covers Catholic sisters around the world. We share with hope that you may...

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