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

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(3.7 of 5)
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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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Facility Highlights

Organized Recreation

Self-Help Groups

Work Therapy

Meet the Staff

Raymond Edison, M.D.

Medical Director

Photo of Raymond Edison, M.D.

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


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

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


Founded in 1969 and located in Detroit, Mich., Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc. is a comprehensive human service that assists clients throughout the greater Detroit area who are struggling with mental health disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health conditions. The treatment center is one of the 68 (14.9 percent) of Michigan treatment facilities that offers long-term residential treatment. Other programs include outpatient treatment, transitional housing, case management, and medical detox.


According to Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation's website, the first level of treatment is subacute detox, for clients 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 health care 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. Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation is one of the 250 (54.8 percent) of Michigan facilities that are accredited by CARF. To date, the four individuals polled by about the staff's experience gave positive feedback.

Staff's level of training and experience: 5/5 stars.


SHR provides few details regarding its living conditions or amenities. The seven individuals surveyed by at the time of this writing gave mostly high ratings for accommodations and meals.

Accommodations and amenities: 3.6/5 stars
Meals and nutrition: 3.7/5 stars


Of the six alumni polled by at the time of this writing, four gave positive feedback about Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation, and two provided negative reviews. Alumni wrote about the helpful staff and effective programming as strengths of the facility.

The three alumni surveyed on all 15 metrics gave five out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the facility, affordability, family participation, and cleanliness.

One alum, however, gave a dissenting opinion. He gave SHAR a one-star overall rating and took exception to the cleanliness of the facility. Another alum called the center awful.

Reviews found on secondary review sites to date offer less flattering feedback. The two alumi to leave feedback with CiteHealth gave conflicting reviews. One alum awarded just one out of five stars and wrote: "really BAD staff." The other gave four out of five stars. "this is a place to go if you really want to help yourself," they wrote. [1]

To date, the 13 people to leave Google Reviews gave an average of 2.8 out of five stars, and mixed commentary. Some reviewers wrote about how the center changed their lives, while others called it dirty and unprofessional. [2]


The two loved ones surveyed by at the time of this writing gave positive feedback. However, one anonymous loved one 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.”

The other loved one didn't provide any ratings, but provided positive commentary. "He had all good to say about the staff,nothing bad nor negative came out of his mouth about staff," they wrote.


According to the center’s website, SHAR is one of the 366 (80.3 percent) of Michigan treatment facilities that accepts insurance.

[2] GoogleReviews

Published on January 2019

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Patrick Brady

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Awful, terrible, ratchet... Sicking


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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