Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview

The decision to get help for a substance use disorder can be a very scary prospect. In fact, the “unknowns” are a deterrent to seeking addiction treatment. So, at Sanford House we try, through our website, videos and marketing materials, to describe how the treatment experience will feel. Because, when you know what to expect, […]

Addiction Prevention – WZZM 13’s Val Lego & Sanford’s Rae Green at John Street

  Sanford House Founder Rae Green sat down with WZZM13’s Val Lego to talk about addiction prevention. She answered the questions: When does alcohol and drug misuse evolve into the disease of addiction? And what are the warning signs of an addiction in the making?   With Understanding, There is Hope… Click the photo below […]

Processing Grief – Recovery From Loss

  Recently, I was asked to present on the topic of “Processing Grief” to a Families Against Narcotics (FAN) meeting in Grand Rapids. As I stood in front of the room, I looked into the crowd and saw grief staring back at me.   Grief and Loss to Narcotics… I experienced an internal tug of […]

Structure, Schedule and Safety in Recovery

  On our website, we describe Sanford House at Cherry Street and Sanford House at John Street as “structured environments in which to recover.” And although this sounds like a small detail, it holds a great deal of weight. Sanford House clients adhere to a busy schedule. And following the chaos and unpredictability of active […]

Addiction is NOT a Choice – Best of Excursions Magazine

  There are some subjects that just keep coming up in the addiction treatment world. No matter how much we talk about the fact that a substance use disorder (SUD) is a disease. Even when we provide education and resources to the families of our clients. Folks still ask, “Why did my loved one choose […]

Demystifying Admissions to Addiction Treatment

  We understand that making the call to get information about addiction treatment can be a daunting process – for many reasons. Making the decision to get help for an addiction, or to get help for a loved one, is a brave step and we are here to help you along the way.   Every […]

Enabling VS Empathy – It’s a Fine Line – Interacting With Addiction

  Even if you aren’t familiar with addiction treatment, you’ve probably heard the term “enabler”. Enabling describes how loved ones interact with a person with a substance use disorder (SUD). And although many of us have heard the word, few of us know what it actually means.   Enabling behavior is anything that supports an addict’s […]

To Be… Or Not To Be… Are You Committed to Recovery?

  There’s a question of commitment in addiction treatment… I’ve gotten pretty good at reading body language. We communicate in our silences, we communicate when we shift in our seat. Through practice, I’m learning to recognize the signs of fake commitment. Feigned devotion. A quiet plan to self-destruct that brews behind, “I’ll do whatever it takes!” […]

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! […]

Why is it SO Difficult to Ask for HELP, Guys?

Help, I need somebody… “Won’t you please, please help me? This isn’t a plea you’re likely to hear from most men today. Particularly men in the throes of addiction.  Yet in 1965, a young mop top named John from Liverpool, melodically pleaded for help in the smash hit Help by the Beatles. A “real man” asks for help […]