It is the mission of the Mariners Inn Residential Treatment Program to provide compassionate and professional substance abuse treatment services to men in an effort to help restore their dignity, self-respect, and independence. Our philosophy is that recovery is real and possible. We strive to help each man realize his own full potential through professional, compassionate, and holistic treatment services.
The Residential Treatment Program is accredited through the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) at the most prestigious (three year) level, proving that Mariners Inn operates at the highest levels of integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency. We are also licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Bureau of Health Systems to provide residential, outpatient, and integrated treatment.
The Residential Treatment Program is the first step for most men entering Mariners Inn. We provide services to men who are at least 18 years of age and have substance use or co-occurring disorders (both mental health and substance use). Most of the men have a complex series of issues including developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, economic disparities, homelessness, legal issues, illiteracy, trauma, loss, and other social issues.
Treatment includes a combination of 12-step principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, expressive arts, and evidence-based alternatives. Our multidisciplinary team provides evidence-based mental health and substance use interventions in an integrated fashion through individual & group therapy, case management, vocational assistance, GED, and literacy services. The program also provides education to the men through curriculum-based didactics and topics including parenting, healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS, current events, nature of addiction, anger management, conflict resolution, health and wellness, relapse prevention, recreation, step study, spirituality, recovery supports, and vocational readiness. All of this aims to promote the lifestyle changes needed to sustain long-term recovery.
Healing Through Art
The Mariners Inn Art Therapy program aims to use the creative arts as a mechanism for healing. Art Therapy helps people express hidden emotions; reduces stress, fear, and anxiety; and provides a sense of freedom. Some studies have also shown that the act of creation influences brain wave patterns and the chemicals released by the brain. Art Therapy has been used with substance use, eating disorders, sexual abuse, physical disabilities, emotional impairments, and chronic health issues.
The men involved in the art therapy program are given the tools they need to produce paintings, drawings, sculptures, and many other types of art work. Our trained Art Therapist works with the men both individually and in groups with the goal of helping them to express themselves through their work and to talk with the men about their emotions and concerns. Open studio hours are available for the men who wish to work on their artwork for longer periods of time. Mariners Inn also puts on periodic art exhibits to showcase the men’s work and help the community become familiar with them as artists.
Music therapy is an evidence-based use of musical interventions that can assist with promoting wellness, managing stress, promoting physical rehabilitation, expressing feelings, enhancing memory, improving communication, and alleviating pain. It is an effective and valid treatment for people struggling with cognitive, and communicative needs. Research attests to the power of music therapy, even in those who are unresponsive or resistant to other types of treatment approaches.
The Mariners Inn music program was started by two volunteers, approximately 20 years ago with a weekly music class for the men in the residential treatment program. While that class has continued, the program has also expanded to include a choir that performs at outside events for a variety of places including the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and the St. John Open Arms Program’s yearly grief memorial.
Gardening has many therapeutic benefits and studies have shown that gardens help meet our needs for both physical activity and a safe space to explore personal growth. Horticultural therapy involves creating garden spaces that accommodate people with a wide range of abilities and provide activities that meet physical and emotional needs. Gardening can spark connections to the land and to other people and the simple act of planting sparks anticipation, imagination, teaches patience, and ultimately brings a sense of pride and satisfaction.
The Mariners Inn garden, Growing Dreams, was started in 2012 as a therapeutic supplement to the other programs that the Residential Treatment Program provides. In 2013, the garden doubled capacity and joined the Grown in Detroit cooperative, which will give the men involved the opportunity to gain retail experience by selling the produce they grow every Saturday at the Eastern Market. The money raised will then be split in a cooperative manner between the men who work and the garden itself.
14 Day Stabilization
The 14-Day Stabilization Program is designed to assist men who have relapsed and have entered treatment repeatedly. These are also people whom the city health department has not given a referral for a full term of treatment. These consumers are required to participate in SOME of the residential treatment activities but each person has treatment goals that are based on their specific needs. 14-Day stabilization consumers may be going to work, attending school, attending outside meetings or attending training classes.
The stabilization staff will provide services for consumers admitted for Alumni in Distress (See Housing Program) and 14-day stabilization. This includes all recovery services: intake, recovery plan, health physical, individual therapy, and outside passes.
- Served over 500 men in 2013-2014
- 50% of the clients we serve are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues better known as Co-Occurring Disorders
- 85% of clients leave with the same or more financial resources than when they entered
- 84% of men leave to a positive housing destination
Mariners Inn makes every attempt to streamline the process of admission for our consumers. Clients interested in services should dial the Institute for Populations Health’s 24-hour access line (800-467-2452). Clients who many need assistance with this process can visit our front service desk for assistance.
Once clients are approved for treatment they will undergo an initial intake process with one of our Shift Monitors where they will go over and sign all initial paperwork. Clients are then given a bed and accepted into treatment. Within the first 4 days of admission, clients will meet with the Intake Counselor where they will complete the admission process and are assigned a counselor.
Mariners Inn's Residential Treatment is funded through the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. Clients who are residents of the city of Detroit and have no insurance, Medicaid, or state-funded Adult Benefit Waiver are eligible for our services with no out-of-pocket costs.
Clients who are not eligible for payment through one of these options can pay out of pocket and costs are assessed using a sliding-scale fee. Mariners Inn also accepts a limited number of pro-bono clients on an individualized, case-by-case basis.
Clients are also responsible for paying a certain amount each month towards their food. Clients in need receive assistance with applying for food benefits through the Department of Human Services and EBT payment is accepted. Clients who have an income which makes them ineligible for food benefits are assisted with setting up a payment plan that works for them.
What to Bring
Clients entering the Mariners Inn Residential treatment program often wonder about what they can bring with them. Clients are allowed to bring 7 changes of clothing, hygiene items, books, personal paperwork, and hard candy. Clients can also bring their medication, although it must be properly labeled and turned into the front desk where it is distributed at prescribed times.
Clients can also bring their cell phone although it must be turned in at the time of intake and it will be held in a locked storage locker until their completion date. Clients cannot have any type of electronics, food, anything containing alcohol (including mouthwash or cologne), or store their personal vehicle on site. Specific questions regarding what can and cannot be brought into treatment should be directed to the Shift Monitor on duty by calling 313-962-9446 and pressing 0 at the first prompt.
Mariners Inn is governed by Section 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (42CFR), Part 2, which protects the confidentiality of all clients receiving substance abuse services. These regulations are designed to protect individuals seeking services from the stigma association with substance use.
Mariners Inn cannot release the names of any individuals receiving services, or confirm or deny whether a particular client is present, without a signed Release of Information. This means that any clients receiving services must sit down with their counselor and fill out a form detailing who can access their information, when they can access it, and what particular information they want released.
Without this Release of Information no staff member can talk to anyone (including a family member or spouse) about that client or even acknowledge that the client is currently or has in the past received services.
Contacting / Visiting Clients
If you wish to contact a client of Mariners Inn, you must call that client’s counselor and leave a message. If the client has already filled out a Release of Information with their counselor than they will be able to give you a limited amount of information. However, if the client has not filled out a release, the counselor will only be able to take a message and will not be able to confirm or deny whether the client is presently in treatment. If you do not know the name of the client’s counselor, you may leave a message at the front desk for them, but it is strongly recommended that you find out their counselor’s name as quickly as possible to facilitate contact.
Regular Visiting Hours for residential consumers are Friday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and Sunday 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Residential consumers are not eligible for visits without their counselor’s permission until they have completed their initial reflection period which is normally 30 days (sometimes longer or shorter depending on the client’s individualized situation). If you wish to visit with a client outside of the regular visiting hours or before the completion of their initial reflection period, this must be arranged through their primary counselor.
You can, however, drop off money, clothes, hygiene items, or hard candy for clients any day of the week, 24 hours a day. The Shift Monitor on duty will label the items with the client's name and provide you with a receipt, when requested.
Family Orientation is provided for the loved ones of our clients on a bi-weekly basis. Family members and friends may sign up by visiting our front service desk or by calling the front service desk and requesting an orientation session. Family Orientation is held every other Saturday and is facilitated by one of our Peer Support Specialists. Orientation topics include an overview of the Mariners Inn Programs, Confidentiality, Visiting Clients, and services that are offered to the family members of our consumers.
Second Chance Program
The Mariners Inn Second Chance Program was developed in 2010 as a response to the needs of our clients. The Second Chance Program gives clients who relapse while in treatment a chance to continue in treatment, enter a more intensive phase of treatment aimed to meet the individual needs of relapse-prone clients, and provide them with the support they need to address the roots of their continued drug use. Clients are assisted with developing an individualized relapse prevention plan, are assigned more intensive groups including a peer support and art therapy group, and are assigned a Peer Coach to help them navigate the triggers that led to relapse.