Sundays with Omar: Rock Bottom Bravery

  I worked in the homeless community for the past eight years. I served individuals who were diagnosed with co-morbid, or dual diagnosis disorders. Many people described my efforts as working with the lowest of the low. The rock bottom. I always disagreed.   I knew that my clients were some of the bravest people […]

You’re Invited! Sanford House Opens Outpatient Center

You are invited to tour our newest facility – Sanford Outpatient Center! We’re located in the landmark, Grand Rapids Masonic Temple. And the new location is in keeping with the Sanford House philosophy to restore historic buildings, while also restoring lives touched by addiction.   “The Sanford Outpatient Center was established to accommodate the demand […]

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 […]

Reviewing the Controversial Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, global change begins with self-awareness and self-improvement. “If you can’t even clean up your room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?” Peterson writes and lectures on personal responsibility, mythology, and mental health.   I had the opportunity to see Dr. Peterson speak […]

Sundays With Omar – Cultural Competence and Recovery

  One of the distinctive features of the recovery advocacy movement is its commitment to transcend the historical barriers that have separated people within the United States and across the world…  from The Selected Papers of William L. White   Recovery Advocacy and the Latino Community by Bill White, Angelo Lagares & Gaynelle Gosselin   […]

The Power of Words in Recovery – The Best of Excursions Magazine

We are all seeking pleasure in our lives. Especially those new to recovery. After a long stretch of misery cloaked in the “reward” of an addictive substance, folks who have quit their drug of choice are looking for the real deal.   Listening to Our Readers… Many of our Excursions articles stand the test of […]

I’m an Expert on Cravings…

The wall of words… I feel like I’ve become a bit of an expert on cravings. It’s been hard not to, given I am an addict through-and-through and my brain likes to crave things…   How the Brain Craves… After I quit booze I became very aware of how my brain craved. I spent many, […]