Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc. (SHAR) in Detroit, MI

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1852 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit MI 48208

Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc. (SHAR) Philosophy

SHAR is all about empowering people to take control of their lives. While helping thousands of people over decades, our experience has discovered the age-old irony- that you can only take and regain control of your life after you learn to let go. And herein, lies the problem; letting go or stopping. Whether your dilemma centers around alcohol, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs or any combination of these or other drugs, at SHAR, we begin the process of change. From the start we teach and show you how your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors lead to and perpetuate your problems, and how working with us can provide you a way out.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Facility Highlights

Individual Counseling

Didactic Lectures

Various Group Therapies

Meet the Staff

Raymond Edison, M.D.

Medical Director

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Raymond Edison, M.D. graduated from WSU School of Medicine in 1976 with specialization in Internal Medicine. In his capacity as SHAR’s Medical Director since 1997, Dr. Edison has served substance abuse and mental health recipients from detoxification to discharge while managing the full spectrum of their presenting medical concerns. Dr. Edison is also board certified in Addictive Medicine.

Dwight C. Vaughter, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CCS-M


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Dwight C. Vaughter, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CCS-M has labored in the human service field since 1980, providing the necessary leadership to many mental health, substance abuse and other behavioral healthcare programs, both locally and nationally. With a MSW from U of M and numerous other certifications of competence, Dwight is a strong believer in the recovery process. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc. (SHAR) was founded in Detroit, Mich., in 1969 as a small support group run by a priest and two individuals in recovery. Today it is a comprehensive human service that assists clients throughout the greater Detroit area with a number of personal issues, including those struggling with substance abuse issues. Treatment programs include residential treatment, outpatient treatment, transitional housing, case management, and other community services. Additionally, treatment is available for clients with co-occurring mental health conditions. Medical detox is available on site.


The first level of treatment is subacute detox, for those patients that need it. Detox usually lasts between three and five days.

Once clients have detoxed, they may progress to SHAR’s residential or outpatient recovery programs. Clients who opt for residential treatment will receive a personalized treatment plan that identifies triggers and provides insight into relapse prevention. Duration of treatment varies, but residents may remain on-site for up to 120 days.

Outpatient care is gender-specific and consists of both community-based group sessions and individual counseling. Beyond outpatient treatment, SHAR offers transitional housing facilities and case management for those who require additional services, such as primary healthcare or transportation.


Little information is available on SHAR's website their day-to-day staff. The CEO is a social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor. A medical director who is board-certified in addictive medicine leads the treatment team.


SHR provides few details regarding its living conditions or amenities. The five individuals polled to date by provided mostly four- and five-star ratings for the center’s accommodations, meals, and cleanliness, with a single one-star rating.


The five alumni reviews sourced by to date are overwhelmingly positive, citing helpful staff and effective programming. Comments submitted cite helpful staff and effective programming as strengths of the facility. The three alumni polled on treatment effectiveness, the staff’s level of training and experience, affordability, cleanliness, family participation, and connectivity all awarded SHAR five out of five stars.

One alum, however, gave a dissenting opinion. He gave SHAR a one-star rating and took exception to the cleanliness of the facility, writing: “Place is dirty and 6 rooms closed for bedbugs no cleaning supplies needs to be inspected by the state a.s.a.p”


Reviews from friends and family are limited. The one anonymous loved one who shared their thoughts with gave a positive review, but felt that treatment was too short. They commended the “very friendly” staff, but wrote: “Not spent enough time with. All in all it was a great place to be but needed more time with and let go sooner than ready.” Overall though, they rated the facility four out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, and when asked if they would recommend SHAR offered another four- out of five-star rating.


According to the center’s website, SHAR is approved by Blue Cross Blue Shield and other insurance carriers.

Updated February 2017

Published on February 2017

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1st time in one week I got to see my love..He looked wonderful,heathy and thick...I was very happy to see they was taking good care..He seemed confident that this place was helping him..I can tell he's eating good..The staff was all wonderful and very helpful,,it was even nice to be escorted to our car..I feel confident that my loved one is getting the help he needs,,I saw it with my own eyes how 1 week effected him..He had all good to say about the staff,nothing bad nor negative came out of his mouth about staff,,he even said it's what you do with what your given here..He's right..Either it will make u or brake u!! Keep up the good work !! And thank you for all you stand for!!

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Place is dirty and 6 rooms closed for bedbugs no cleaning supplies needs to be inspected by the state a.s.a.p

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Staff was a strength. Informed and well experienced staff members.

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Team of great counselor and faculty. You have to understand in order to get help you Ha help to be there you have to have help in your life in this place with help you with any every aspect in your life

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Great Staff, very friendly. Not spent enough. All in all it was a great place to be but needed more time with and let go sooner than ready

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After I left, helped me as long as needed. Connected me with group, individual, and a women's group

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19 years of quality sobriety

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