Women & Addiction – “Pink” Flags for the Moms Who Need Wine…

  I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd: Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates replete with chardonnay and imported cheese… Even baby-carriage walking groups with iced wine in the cup […]

To Be… Or Not To Be… Are You Committed to Recovery?

  There’s a question of commitment in addiction treatment… I’ve gotten pretty good at reading body language. We communicate in our silences, we communicate when we shift in our seat. Through practice, I’m learning to recognize the signs of fake commitment. Feigned devotion. A quiet plan to self-destruct that brews behind, “I’ll do whatever it takes!” […]

Strategies for Early Recovery

  Early sobriety is hard as hell. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. It takes guts, commitment, and bravery to remove alcohol from your life and relearn how to live as a sober person.   It does get much easier the more time that goes on not drinking… But there’s no getting away from the […]

Whack a Mole! When Eating Disorders Pop Up During Addiction Treatment…

  I’ve never liked the carnival game, whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer, while an endless succession of new rodents appear, is too stressful and unpredictable. But, I could relate when someone in group said they thought eating disorders popping up during addiction treatment reminded them of whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came out of nowhere! […]

Growing Our Network – Now We’re In-Network with BCBS and BCN!

  Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers is pleased to announce our latest partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network. We are excited to serve even more clients, and committed to providing exceptional care. You can read more about our insurance and financing options here.   Residential and Non-Residential Care Sanford House understands that people in different […]

Why is it SO Difficult to Ask for HELP, Guys?

Help, I need somebody… “Won’t you please, please help me? This isn’t a plea you’re likely to hear from most men today. Particularly men in the throes of addiction.  Yet in 1965, a young mop top named John from Liverpool, melodically pleaded for help in the smash hit Help by the Beatles. A “real man” asks for help […]

A Firsthand View – Art Therapy and the Treatment of Anxiety

  In group therapy, I ask members to “keep within their own experience.” No advice giving. No telling others how to feel. This helps create safety within the session. A college mentor of mine once said, “Never assume to understand the experience of someone else. Even if it’s one you’re familiar with, like sadness or […]


Hooked on the Cure?

  It’s approaching midnight and I am still typing.   I know I should be going to bed.   And I should sleep.   I tell myself that.   But I don’t want to listen to that voice of reason in my head. I’ve found, in life, that the calling to unreasonableness is far stronger […]

Art & Hope – Reawakening the Newly Sober Senses

  Gerhard Richter once said, “Art is the highest form of hope.” And hope is the message for the men of Sanford House at John Street. As part of a yearlong renovation to this historic site, now serving as a treatment center, art was key to making a house a home. With more than 60 original works on […]

Dysfunctional Drinking – Am I Being the Fun Police?

  I was scrolling through Instagram a couple of days ago when I saw a photo that a local celebrity had posted. It was of a takeaway cup filled with wine and the caption read: “Sneaking a light beverage into the school prize giving tonight.”   The photo was liked by over 2,000 people and […]