An Evening with Marilyn Spiller, Waking Up The Ghost

Author Marilyn Spiller shares honest and often humorous stories from her blog Waking Up The Ghost. We are able to learn more about her journey to sobriety, and through her posts we can read her sobriety stories with a sense of humor. Marilyn writes a monthly article for Sanford House on women and addiction.

A Conversation with Marilyn Spiller, Waking Up the Ghost

The Sanford House interviews Marilyn Spiller, recovering addict and author of Waking Up the Ghost, about her experiences. After six months of unsatisfactory sobriety, Spiller found comfort and redemption in writing her thoughts and struggles down in her inspirational blog. Two years into her sobriety, Spiller confesses her deepest feelings and simplest thoughts  in Waking Up […]

Navigating Grace Author Jeff Jay Reflects on his Journey

A beautifully written tale of far-fetched dreams, desperate prayers and miraculous moments, author and speaker Jeff Jay wrote his recently released memoir “out of gratitude for those who saved his life.” This is an intensely personal testimony to the power of Grace in our darkest hours and an inspirational tale that he shared with residents […]

An Evening at Sanford House with Navigating Grace Author Jeff Jay

A beautifully written tale of far-fetched dreams, desperate prayers and miraculous moments, author and speaker Jeff Jay wrote his recently released memoir “out of gratitude for those who saved his life.” This is an intensely personal testimony to the power of Grace in our darkest hours and an inspirational tale that he shared with residents […]

Lynnel Brewster RN, MA, NCC, LLPC Counselor

From the very beginning, Sanford House encourages families to be involved in the recovery process. Because addiction is a disease, it can be difficult for husbands and children to understand that they cannot control the person in recovery, but can only support them throughout the process. Often times, when women come home from recovery, families […]

Kristin Reinink BA, CADC Admissions Counselor

Kristin is in charge of admissions at Sanford House. She begins by taking the applicant’s general information, conducting a pre screening, and setting up a time for a tour and an assessment. Kristin believes that Sanford House is the full package. Having been in various treatment centers herself, she believes that the environment Sanford House […]

Sanford House: A Unique Philosophy of Inspiration

From the beginning, Sanford House has set itself apart from other treatment programs through a unique philosophy, which is to inspire women to seek a rich and fulfilling life in recovery. Sanford House itself is one of the greatest tools in helping these women on their road to recovery. The home is located in the […]

Sanford House: Tour the Historic Home and Recovery Center

Join us as we take a step back in time, traveling through Sanford House, a women’s recovery center located in the Heritage Hills district of Grand Rapids, MI. The home was originally built in 1847 by Samuel R. Sanford, one of the city’s earliest settlers. The home itself has many special features, most of which […]

Sanford House transformed to serve women with drug and alcohol dependence

  Shortly before its opening, Sanford House owner Rae Green did an interview with Fox 17 West Michigan. During the interview, Green explained that the reason for the nontraditional environment that Sanford House offers is due to the belief that women heal from the disease of addiction in a warm, comforting environment, which builds self-esteem. […]