Men's Treatment Program

A Place of Hope & Healing

Guest House’s program, located in Lake Orion, Michigan, at secure and private facilities, is licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Services and is fully accredited.

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The Men’s Treatment Program Overview

For More Information:

Joseph Shoots, MA, LLP, CAADC
Executive Director
Men’s Treatment Program


We offer primary behavioral health and addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and men religious.

Guest House, a founding behavioral health and addiction treatment program for clergy and religious, brings over 60 years of clinical expertise and experience to care for difficulties related to:

  • Substance use disorders – alcohol, other drugs or prescription medication
  • Process addictions- spending, gambling, cluttering, hoarding, internet, credit card use, gaming or others
  • Compulsive overeating
  • We offer medical assessment, intervention and individual holistic treatment plans, treating the person in a multidisciplinary, medically-supervised context. Included in the program are physical, psychological, psychosocial and spiritual components leading the client to a balanced way of life and fulfillment of their ministry. Wellness, exercise and nutrition are critical elements.
  • Quality Recovery is supported by re-entry visits and counseling. continuing care and other follow-up services. We offer consultation for community leadership, superiors and formation personnel.
  • Treatment is offered regardless of ability to pay.

Our Program Details

Intervention Assistance Program

Guest House’s Intervention Assistance Program is designed to help get someone started on the road to recovery. Its aim is to unmask the denial and help the priest, deacon, brother or seminarian admit there is a possible problem. This is the first step toward recovery. Ending denial requires considerable courage and is the only way to recovery.

The Guest House Intervention Assistance Program provides:

  • Consultation, including assisting in information gathering and preparation — on site, if necessary
  • Telephone contact and support throughout the process
  • Staff support during the actual intervention, if needed
  • Professional evaluation in an appropriate clinical setting
  • Recommendation of treatment options at Guest House and/or escort to another professional treatment facility
Assessment & Evaluation

Effective treatment begins with a thorough understanding of the individual’s difficulties as well as the impact of those difficulties on his diocese or community.

Our professional assessment includes:

  • Psychological test battery and clinical interview
  • Complete physical examination
  • Thorough psychosocial and spiritual history with particular attention to long-standing patterns of difficulty
  • Comprehensive addiction screening process
  • Feedback conference with the client, his leadership and the evaluating team to review the results of the assessment and discuss recommendations of the staff
Referrals & Admissions

Information on program services, referrals and admissions is available 24 hours a day by calling 800-626-6910.


  • Referrals may be made by authorized representatives of the diocese or religious community, primary treatment centers, physicians, other concerned individuals or the priest, deacon, brother, or seminarian himself.
  • The admission must be approved by the bishop of the diocese or religious leadership.


  • Guest House will admit any clergy or man religious who is suffering from any substance use disorder, process addiction or compulsive overeating or who is experiencing difficulties related to substance use or is at risk of relapsing.
  • Treatment is provided regardless of ability to pay.
  • Admissions are scheduled by appointment.
  • Those arriving by plane will be met at the airport by a Guest House associate.
  • Handicapped-accessible rooms are available.

Guest House is a state-licensed residential treatment center in Lake Orion, Michigan. It has certified and licensed staff and is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited. It offers treatment for substance use disorders (alcohol, other drugs and prescription medication), process addictions (spending, gambling, cluttering, hoarding, internet, credit card use, gaming or others) and compulsive overeating to priests, deacons, brothers, and seminarians from across the United States as well as around the world.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation services, including psychological, spiritual and psychosocial components
  • An intensive, interdisciplinary, interpersonally-focused treatment program
  • Three-year continuing care and follow-up services
  • Consultation for community leadership and formation personnel
  • All our services are provided in collaboration with leadership. Treatment is provided without regard to a diocese’s or community’s ability to pay for services.

For more information please contact us at 800-626-6910 or

Continuing Care & Recovery

Continuing care is an important element of effective treatment. Ongoing attention aids the client in the community re-entry process by helping him to apply the skills learned in treatment to daily life. We offer three phases of on-site continuing care.

To further support ongoing recovery Guest House provides:

Detailed description of ongoing supports needed

Therapeutic leave near the end of the residential program which allows the priest, brother, deacon or seminarian to share his experience, needs and commitments to his recovery with significant persons in his community, family and ministerial life

Re-entry visit may be scheduled with the parish or religious community, the client and the therapist

Continuing care at consistent intervals, during a three-year period following residential treatment

Participation in the appropriate support system provides the priest, brother, deacon or seminarian, the opportunity to develop a mature appreciation of his strengths and vulnerabilities.


As a part of our mission, Guest House offers a variety of educational workshops and other services for leadership and community members:

  • Summer Leadership Conference – offered annually for diocesan and men’s religious community leadership and other individuals who advocate for the well-being of clergy and men religious; conference curriculum addresses addiction and how it impacts clergy and religious; speakers present on topics related to addiction, intervention, treatment, the ongoing-care process and the role leadership plays in addressing these issues with those men in their diocese and religious communities
  • Re-Entry Visits – offered for each client; the client and our Outreach Representative meet with parish and/or religious community staff to offer education on addiction, to strengthen understanding of the treatment and recovery processes, to help clarify feelings and to assist in developing supportive conditions for recovery

Also, upon request from dioceses and religious communities, we offer consultations, workshops and retreats, convocations, clergy study days and seminary presentations.

  • Presentation topics include but are not limited to following subject areas:
  • Addiction and Risk Management – An Overview of Addictive Disorders
  • Addiction and Trauma – Explore the Relationship of Addiction and Personal Trauma
  • The Impact of Addictions on Spirituality
  • The Evaluation and Treatment Process
  • The Role of Leadership in the Treatment Process

To schedule a presentation in your area or to learn more about educational opportunities, please contact Colleen Richards at or 800-626-6910, ext. 1207.

“Over these past six decades, I am very grateful of the good work done by Guest House and by the good work done by their alumni. I am proud to be in the succession of Archbishops who have had the easy task of placing confidence in Guest House’s approach, beginning with Edward Cardinal Mooney. Guest House found a home in our Archdiocese and continues to do great work for so many men and women who have given their lives to Christ.”

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

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Men’s Chapel – Windows from Rochester

In 2014, when the men’s program returned to Lake Orion, Michigan, following a long stay in Rochester, Minnesota, there was a desire to bring some of the spiritual presence from Rochester to Lake Orion, especially for the transitioning clients and staff at the time. The new men’s chapel in Lake Orion was designed and built to include historic architectural elements from Rochester. The stained glass and faceted glass that created the sacred space in Rochester travelled miles to Lake Orion and were carefully installed, preserving the transformation and redemption that had taken place in the past and offering hope that the journey would continue. Pictured here are just some of the historic pieces in the chapel.

Click play on the video to hear a Catholic Priest with extensive Behavioral Health professional training talk about his very first drink as a young man, his early alcohol use, alcohol abuse and progression into full blown alcoholism.

For More Information:

Joseph Shoots, MA, LLP, CAADC
Executive Director
Men’s Treatment Program