Sundays with Omar: Rock Bottom Bravery

  I worked in the homeless community for the past eight years. I served individuals who were diagnosed with co-morbid, or dual diagnosis disorders. Many people described my efforts as working with the lowest of the low. The rock bottom. I always disagreed.   I knew that my clients were some of the bravest people […]

Reviewing the Controversial Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, global change begins with self-awareness and self-improvement. “If you can’t even clean up your room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?” Peterson writes and lectures on personal responsibility, mythology, and mental health.   I had the opportunity to see Dr. Peterson speak […]

Sundays With Omar – Cultural Competence and Recovery

  One of the distinctive features of the recovery advocacy movement is its commitment to transcend the historical barriers that have separated people within the United States and across the world…  from The Selected Papers of William L. White   Recovery Advocacy and the Latino Community by Bill White, Angelo Lagares & Gaynelle Gosselin   […]

Sundays With Omar – The Duty to Remain True to Oneself…

  It’s interesting to note the differences in an article like this from the Washington Post (below), and the images we see of alcohol use all over traditional and social forms of popular media. We laugh and hit “share” when we see an image of someone saying they’ll only have one glass of wine – […]

Experiential Reclamation Therapy – Transformative Therapy for Men Beyond CBT

  The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men […]

Warning – Bariatric Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Addiction

  There are times on the road to wellness, when the only thing one can say is, “No fair.” I remember thinking no fair when six months sober, a long dormant eating disorder popped up like the head of a Hydra. Just when I had my alcohol use disorder (AUD) licked, another trial presented itself. […]

Sanford House Announces New Clinical Director…

  Sanford House Founders Rae and David Green announce that Omar Flores has joined the company as Clinical Director. “Omar has an exceptional and diverse academic and professional record. We look forward to working with him as we expand our services and build upon the Sanford House mission of providing best of class addiction treatment […]

Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview 3

  Walk up a steep, cobbled drive and a steeper set of front porch steps, and you’re there – Sanford House at John Street for Men. Visitors have been known to pass 221 John without seeing the immense building high on a hill, because it’s hidden in plain sight.   Setting the stage… It’s part […]

Addiction – The Power of Prediction and Prevention

  It’s finally July and Grand Rapids has blossomed into the bright, bustling community I love. Families are spending evenings on the porch… watching kids draw with chalk… grilling all manner of meats and veg. These days, it can be easy to slip into a habit of mid-week drinking, what with holidays and get-togethers and […]

Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview 2

  We’re back with our Limelight Series.  Asking the Sanford House therapists questions to illuminate everything from their favorite journey to what they know to be true about addiction treatment. It’s sort of a parlor game. And in fact, we have several parlors to choose from… Our treatment centers are all located in lovingly restored, […]