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, […]

I Am Wickedly Rebellious (Sober)

  One of the things I love most about being sober is the notion that it’s a wickedly rebellious act. It is! Think about it.  An alcohol soaked world… We live in a world that is literally soaked in booze. Every social occasion, gathering, celebration, achievement, commiseration, high point, low point and Friday night is […]

Toxic Masculinity – The Hidden Trauma in Men’s Lives

  Human suffering is all around us.  We learn of untold trauma—sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, early and sudden deaths of loved ones, exposure to combat, life altering injuries, etc. It makes us wonder how individuals survive and move on to live life.  We are inspired by heroic stories of survival and healing.   The […]

PTSD Awareness Day: The Correlation Between PTSD & Addiction

  There is a strong correlation between trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds our ability to cope. PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. For example, sexual assault, a natural disaster, combat, a […]

Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview

The decision to get help for a substance use disorder can be a very scary prospect. In fact, the “unknowns” are a deterrent to seeking addiction treatment. So, at Sanford House we try, through our website, videos and marketing materials, to describe how the treatment experience will feel. Because, when you know what to expect, […]

Anthony Bourdain: Shining a Light on Suicide, Addiction and Depression

  The deaths by suicide of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade last week, brought mental health and suicide to the forefront. Perhaps that is the only positive that can be gleaned from the tragic and avoidable loss of such robust, talented people.   When Celebrity Shines a Light… In the celebrity magazine Us Weekly, there […]

Addiction Prevention – WZZM 13’s Val Lego & Sanford’s Rae Green at John Street

  Sanford House Founder Rae Green sat down with WZZM13’s Val Lego to talk about addiction prevention. She answered the questions: When does alcohol and drug misuse evolve into the disease of addiction? And what are the warning signs of an addiction in the making?   With Understanding, There is Hope… Click the photo below […]

Processing Grief – Recovery From Loss

  Recently, I was asked to present on the topic of “Processing Grief” to a Families Against Narcotics (FAN) meeting in Grand Rapids. As I stood in front of the room, I looked into the crowd and saw grief staring back at me.   Grief and Loss to Narcotics… I experienced an internal tug of […]

Sanford House – Awarded Outstanding Residential Preservation Project!

  Yesterday, the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) handed out its 2018 awards. The awards recognize excellence in restoration projects within the city’s historic districts. Congratulations to the Greens, and Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers for taking the honors for  “Outstanding Residential Preservation Project”. Also, special acknowledgement went to Alec Green for his role […]