Great Lakes Recovery Centers- Adult Residential Services

Great Lakes Recovery Centers- Adult Residential Services


Located in Marquette, Mich., only two blocks from Lake Superior, Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) offers 30- to 90-day, gender-specific residential treatment programs for adults struggling with chemical dependency and other mental health concerns. Detoxification is not available on-site.

The nonprofit organization offers outpatient services for adults and adolescents at another location in Marquette, as well as at several other locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In addition, GLRC’s Adolescent Services Center in Negaunee provides residential rehab for youth. GLRC is affiliated with Project Rehab programs through a shared organizational history, including a Hispanic Residential Program in Grand Rapids.


Upon admission, each client receives an initial substance use, physical, and mental health assessment to help clinicians form an individualized plan of care. These plans blend the use of 12-step methodologies with a schedule of counseling and educational sessions.

The Great Lakes Recovery Centers Adult Residential Services website indicates that client exposure to multiple forms of treatment is a priority. In addition to traditional Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, alternative SMART Recovery) groups are available. Among other modalities utilized are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT); Thinking for a Change, which is an evidence-based curriculum designed for clients in transition out of incarceration; and Living in Balance, which integrates cognitive and experiential therapies. Medication-assisted therapy is also available.

Clients are assigned a primary therapist for individual counseling and attend group therapy and educational sessions on such topics as veteran support, identifying strengths, relapse prevention, anger management, and life skills development.

GLRC encourages physical fitness and provides opportunities for an array of recreational activities on-site; yoga is integrated into the women’s rehab program. Clients may attend religious services of their choice and participate in community volunteer events.

Before discharge and program completion, Great Lakes Recovery Centers offers comprehensive transitional planning, which include locating housing, gaining employment, and forming support networks. Aftercare planning prepares for follow-up substance use disorder counseling, medical care, and mental health treatment.


A CARF-accredited facility, Great Lakes Recovery Centers employs a team of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, master’s-level social workers, and medical professionals.


According to the Great Lakes Recovery Centers’ website, the one-story Adult Residential Services facility is designed to provide a homelike atmosphere. Men and women live in separate quarters.

An array of physical activities available include two gyms within walking distance, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes, and walking beside the lake.


Reviews by the three former clients of Great Lakes Recovery Centers who had been polled by at the time of this writing reflected a lot of agreement about various aspects of the program. The vast majority of ratings for 15 metrics measured were four and five out of five stars. These included the three alumni’s likelihood to recommend the program to others, the staff’s level of training and experience, GLRC’s capacity to treat co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep. Two also agreed that treatment was affordable, while the third described it as “expensive” but worth the cost.

Slightly less favorable trends were evident in ratings for holistic therapy offerings, and one of the three expressed only moderate satisfaction with policies related to connecting with the world outside the facility and the availability of options in counseling approaches — which is a stated priority of the facility. All three specifically cited staff members as program strengths.


The four loved ones polled by to date offered a greater range of perspectives than alumni. They agreed with alumni in a few areas, including the high quality of dual diagnosis treatment and staff experience. Ratings for holistic offerings averaged just 2.75 stars (again, in contrast to the facility website’s emphasis). Family participation and treatment affordability both garnered average ratings of 3.25

Two individuals complained about food, and one about a lack of individualized care. All four reviewers would recommend the program, though.


Great Lakes Recovery Centers accepts self-pay, several state sources of health care coverage, Indian Health Services, and most Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans.

Services provided by Great Lakes Recovery Centers- Adult Residential Services

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Residential
  • Outpatient Detox
  • Type of Care

  • Halfway House
  • Detox
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Managementmotivational Incentives
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • Detoxification

  • Alcohol Detoxification
  • Cocaine Detoxification
  • Opioid Detoxification
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Commission On Accreditation Of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Payment Assistance
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers- Adult Residential Services Reviews

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  • the staff was good. a lot of groups
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  • good councilors. too many court ordered patients distracting those that are there on their own.
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    Work outs It's has changed many people
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  • Meetings & therapy were good. No options. Cookie cutter treatment Any treatment is better than no treatment
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  • great counselors but bad food. I stayed sober for a while
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  • They have a great staff, awesome accommodations, and a lot of treatment therapies that give them a great success rate. The food is like cafeteria food My sister went there, and it was a long hard road for her but she overcame her addictions and is still in touch with the doctors and staff that helped her.
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  • lots of groups which was a but its expensive. it was alright the staff were nice