World Mental Health Day – Prevention and Protection for Young People

  It’s World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is on “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”. Sanford House is an adult addiction treatment center, but our clients are oftentimes battling the trauma they experienced in their youth. Also, young brains are growing and developing until the mid-20s. And about 40% […]

Art Prize 2018 – Disease Does Not Discriminate (Work in Progress)

Another drizzly Michigan autumn, another excursion to Art Prize. It’s all over but the memory…   But this year, we took a special interest in art with a greater message: making misery your mission. The women of Sanford House at Cherry Street had an opportunity to hear Leyna Luttrull’s recovery story. She is the artist […]

Sundays With Omar: Ireland’s Pub Tradition & a Bill to Curb Drinking

  I spent four months studying in Tully Cross, County Galway Ireland. I’ve spent the last 18 years wishing, every day, to be back in the thatched roof cottages and standing by the peat fire. So when I saw the following CNN article, my interest was piqued:   Ireland passes ‘groundbreaking’ bill to curb excessive […]

Good Mood Food – What’s Cooking in Recovery?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am still working on establishing a “healthy relationship” with food. So, whenever I sit down with Sanford House Chef Leslie, I feel a bit guilty. I know that my last night’s dinner consisted of a package of hastily browned ground turkey and a peck of green apples […]

The Gift of Desperation in Addiction Recovery

  You feel utterly weird when you first quit drinking. I certainly did. I felt like a sober alien who had been beamed down onto a boozy planet. Like a foreigner in my own life, completely out of context and uncomfortable to say the least.   It’s a rough transition… I’d go to social gatherings […]

Insight Into Overdose Grief & Loss – Join Us at a FAN Presentation

  Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community based program for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters. FAN seeks to change the face of addiction, dispel the stigma of addiction, and educate the community as well as those affected by addiction.   With 19 chapters throughout Michigan and a […]

Artists and Craftsmen: At The Custom Cottage, Furniture Can Be “Redemptive”

  I had the pleasure of speaking with Ross Graveling, manager of The Custom Cottage, last week. The Custom Cottage is a Grand Rapids manufacturer that designs and builds custom furniture from locally sourced wood. Each piece is built by hand, by a craftsmen at the Grand Rapids or Milwaukee location.   Over the course of […]

Rehab process at Custom Cottage