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 […]

We’re Not Lost We’re Exploring – Excursions with Kathy

  Sanford House Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow, is always scouting out new places to encourage and excite our clients to challenge themselves physically. And when she heard that Blandford Nature Center was opening a new section to their trail map, she loaded up the van. The former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan is beginning […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

The Brain and Body Healing Effects of a Sober Tropical Vacation

  I got back recently from a five day, sober vacation in Puerto Rico. To put the result into the proper perspective, I missed my connecting flight on the way home and I couldn’t muster enough rancor to be snippy to the customer service representative who rerouted me.   What, Me Worry? My originating flight was an hour […]

You ARE What You Eat – How Nutrition Helps the Therapeutic Process

  Working in the field of addiction, it is not uncommon for me to hear people say; “I should be able to indulge in all the sweets, fats and junk food I want.” There is a shared belief that “treating themselves” to processed foods is better than using their drug of choice. This, however, is proving to […]

Is Therapy Vain? I Think NOT – The Power of Rigorous Introspection…

  I’m an art therapist. I process my ideas in pictures, and help other folks do the same. I’m also a human being. I take my “work” hat off when I get home at night, and I eat pizza in my sweatpants. I struggle, get annoyed, become impatient. Sometimes the two worlds intersect. I use […]