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 […]

Founders Message – When Addiction Treatment is Inspirational…

  With change comes reflection. And there have been a number of positive changes at Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers in the past few months. First, Founders Rae and David Green have finished a nearly year-long restoration of the Hazeltine mansion in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is set to open in September as […]

Boating Boondoggle or Recovery Relapse Prevention?

  In other jobs I have had, going out on a boat on a Friday afternoon was considered a boondoggle. Something one would sneak off to do when no one was looking, or explain with a vague, “I need to, uh, deal with some family issues.”  So, when Sanford House Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow offered to take our residential clients out on […]

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan – Save a Life with Naloxone Training!

Thursday, May 18th a few thousand people will gather on the lawn at the Michigan State Capital Building, for the Unite to Face Addiction 2nd Annual Rally & Advocacy Day.. And Sanford House will be there. With a slogan like, “Be the Voice of Change” and opening remarks from Lt. Governor Brian Calley, it promises […]

When Brad Pitt Says Alcohol Ruined His Marriage, it Hits Home…

      n a spate of recent articles, actor Brad Pitt has blamed his alcohol use for the demise of his marriage to Angelina Jolie. It seems there was an incident on a private plane, when Brad was inappropriately rough with one of his children. I can relate to what I imagine took place. A drink […]

Unite to Face Addiction Michigan – UFAM 2017 Rally

  On June 2nd last year, a thousand plus recovery advocates gathered on the lawn of the state capital building in Lansing, Michigan.  It was the inaugural rally for, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM). UFAM is a non-profit organization, established to alert lawmakers about the unique needs of the 23 million people in recovery in the United States. UFAM’s […]

9 Extraordinary Health Benefits of a Michigan Spring

  It occurred to me this weekend, that spring has finally sprung. It sneaks up on you when you live in Michigan. Suddenly, there is a fresher feel to the air – birds are tweeting, warbling and chirping as you amble to your car in the morning. And miraculously, the barren trees are sprouting a riot […]