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 […]

Spending the Holidays in Treatment – The Best of Excursions Magazine

  This week, we had a visit from clinical interventionist Tom Gilbert of TouchStone. Tom shared his journey of addiction and recovery with our clients and staff… And a part of his journey was to spend the holidays in residential treatment. It’s something our residents could relate to – with Christmas approaching and the festive season […]

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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 […]

David Lubbers and the Significance of Change

  David Lubbers is a photographer. His black and white photographs are hung in group rooms, bedrooms, and common spaces at Sanford House at John Street. Lubbers’ images are provoking, thoughtful, and incredibly significant. His work is part of the healing environment of Sanford House.   And not only is David Lubbers a gifted photographer, […]

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 […]

ArtPrize – A Powerful Environment for Healing

  Art is healing. Looking at art, creating art, being in the room while others create art… is healing. And I’ve made it my professional mission to share this idea with others.     As an art therapist at Sanford House, my role is to encourage clients to explore alternative modalities of treatment. (Modalities outside […]

Healing Artprize artwork

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 […]

Health benefits of a sober lifestyle