Women & Addiction – “Pink” Flags for the Moms Who Need Wine…

  I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd: Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates replete with chardonnay and imported cheese… Even baby-carriage walking groups with iced wine in the cup […]

Whack a Mole! When Eating Disorders Pop Up During Addiction Treatment…

  I’ve never liked the carnival game, whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer, while an endless succession of new rodents appear, is too stressful and unpredictable. But, I could relate when someone in group said they thought eating disorders popping up during addiction treatment reminded them of whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came out of nowhere! […]

Art & Hope – Reawakening the Newly Sober Senses

  Gerhard Richter once said, “Art is the highest form of hope.” And hope is the message for the men of Sanford House at John Street. As part of a yearlong renovation to this historic site, now serving as a treatment center, art was key to making a house a home. With more than 60 original works on […]

Resolutions? Just Take Good Care of Yourself! Best of Excursions Magazine…

  I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. Too many expectations. But the thought of a brand new year, free of mistakes (you get to erase everything you’ve done wrong in 2017, right?), is fun to think about… And as to resolutions – according to Forbes, only 8% of resolutions are successful. […]

Navigating Grace – Sailing, Survival and Spirituality…

  The true test of a good book is when you glean something new every time you read it. And so it goes with Jeff Jay’s beautifully written, memoir Navigating Grace. The book is an intensely personal account of  Mr. Jay’s solo, sea adventure aboard the sloop Lifeboat. But, it is also a tale of redemption. And for anyone […]

Holidays, Togetherness and Recovery at the Family Table

  This is a good time to talk about the role of the family in recovery. It’s the Thanksgiving week and let’s face it – holidays are wonderful, but getting together with far-flung relatives can push every emotional button. Especially for those in early recovery.   Last Sunday I had the pleasure of sitting in […]

Why Did You Choose Alcohol and/or Drugs Over Me?

  It’s seven o’clock and the school play is starting. Or it’s your birthday dinner with all the relatives. You could be sitting awkwardly with your boss at an introductory lunch, or waiting at the agreed upon spot for a morning walk. Whatever the commitment, you are looking at your watch with your heart in […]

Healthy Nutrition Can Help Me Stay Sober? DO Tell…

In the musical Oliver, there is a scene where a long line of adorable, strategically smudged orphans imagine they are eating a feast instead of the gruel they are being served. They warble, “Food, glorious food – we’re anxious to try it! 3 banquets a day. Our favourite diet. Just picture a great big steak fried, […]

Early Morning Hikes Fortify Your Rehab/Recovery Experience…

  I have started a walking group at Sanford House at Cherry Street. Two mornings each week, rain or shine, I turn up at the treatment center early for “Walks With Mare”. I lead (sometimes follow) a group of women for a four mile hike around the city. We are starting a similar walk for men […]

Inside Sanford House at John Street for Men – Before and After Pics

  MLive’s business reporter James Harger and photographer Cory Morse were two of our first visitors to 221 John Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jim called the house, “hidden in plain sight”, because the former Hazeltine mansion sits far back on a hilly lot. You can miss it if you are not looking carefully.  It is one […]