Sanford House Announces New Clinical Director…

  Sanford House Founders Rae and David Green announce that Omar Flores has joined the company as Clinical Director. “Omar has an exceptional and diverse academic and professional record. We look forward to working with him as we expand our services and build upon the Sanford House mission of providing best of class addiction treatment […]

Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview 3

  Walk up a steep, cobbled drive and a steeper set of front porch steps, and you’re there – Sanford House at John Street for Men. Visitors have been known to pass 221 John without seeing the immense building high on a hill, because it’s hidden in plain sight.   Setting the stage… It’s part […]

Michigan Recovery – Hiking Your Way to Sober Success!

I was at a presentation last month. An august fellow in a well-cut suit was so excited about his topic (convincing us that voting to legalize recreational marijuana was a bad idea), he actually jumped up and down at the podium. DO (jump)! NOT (jump)! ALLOW (jump)! THIS TO HAPPEN IN MICHIGAN (jump, jump)! Sometimes I […]

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 […]