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 […]

Join Us: The Sanford House Team is Growing…

  Sanford House at John Street is a residential and non-residential treatment facility for men. We are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The masculine counterpart to Sanford House at Cherry Street, Sanford House at John Street captures the “town and country” atmosphere now signature to our Addiction Treatment Centers. Following the success of our facility for women in […]

Why Does your Addiction Always Come First? A Family Guide

  “Early recovery” marks the beginning stage of sobriety. As the person in recovery adjusts to a sober lifestyle, their loved ones are learning to adjust as well. Loved ones can disregard their own adjustment period, because their focus has been on the addiction itself for so long. In reality, the entire family unit grows […]

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What Vogue Magazine Taught me About Recovery “Stylishness”…

  Vogue Magazine recently wrote an article about the benefits of sobriety. Instead of using the term “sobriety,” Vogue called it “abstaining from alcohol.” And appropriately so… there’s a big difference between a non-drinker and a person-in-recovery. The article was about folks who’ve made a provisional, somewhat casual decision to abstain from drugs and alcohol […]

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Defects or Defenses? A Woman’s Way Through the 12 Steps

  At Sanford House at Cherry Street, we are not a 12 step based program, but we do take women to meetings in the community daily and incorporate 12 step wisdom in our programming.  Each woman receives a copy of A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps, by Dr. Stephanie Covington, along with the companion workbook. Both […]

Who is The Highly Sensitive Addict?

  One of the wonderful things about working (and playing) with fellow mental health professionals is that I’m constantly learning. Recently, I was introduced to the Highly Sensitive People theory (or “HSP,” or “sensory processing sensitivity”).   Have you ever heard of Elaine Aron? I think you’re highly sensitive. It might help explain some things […]

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Calm & Courageous – Learning to Overcome Anxiety

  At Sanford House, we believe in peer support, which is why we take residents to mutual aid support groups like AA and NA in the community every day. I have found that sometimes clients are more compelled to hear peer support advice about a specific aspect of their addiction, such as anxiety.   Overcoming […]

Earth Day Communal Gardening at Sanford House!

  The women of Sanford House at Cherry Street took advantage of the gorgeous, sunny weather on Earth Day. Who could resist that blue sky? They “dug in,” got their hands dirty and helped beautify the grounds, planting petunias and a robust kitchen garden. Just being outside on a beautiful spring day has a healing […]

The Persistent Myth of Moderation…

Moderation (noun): the avoidance of excess or extremes. The quality of being moderate. Restraint. Temperance.   I grew up in a predominantly White, predominantly Christian suburb outside of Ann Arbor. Moderation is a familiar notion… moderation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Moderation in all things. I was brought up to believe that moderating our behavior, […]

The Moment of Action – A Guide to Creating Meaningful Change

  How do I know when I’m ready for change? How do I enact change in my life? When we anticipate profound change, we believe the moment will come to us in an equally profound way.We want the moment. We expect it. I’ll change when the moment presents itself to me… someday… when it’s right. […]