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 […]

Structure, Schedule and Safety in Recovery

  On our website, we describe Sanford House at Cherry Street and Sanford House at John Street as “structured environments in which to recover.” And although this sounds like a small detail, it holds a great deal of weight. Sanford House clients adhere to a busy schedule. And following the chaos and unpredictability of active […]

Addiction is NOT a Choice – Best of Excursions Magazine

  There are some subjects that just keep coming up in the addiction treatment world. No matter how much we talk about the fact that a substance use disorder (SUD) is a disease. Even when we provide education and resources to the families of our clients. Folks still ask, “Why did my loved one choose […]

The Greening of Addiction Recovery – It’s Spring!

  Do you remember the scene in the movie Bambi when the ice melts, flowers bud and everyone gets “twitterpated”? The word holds a different meaning these days, but in the old movie, it depicts the way we all feel about spring. Renewed, restored and ready for what life offers.   That’s especially true for those […]

Demystifying Admissions to Addiction Treatment

  We understand that making the call to get information about addiction treatment can be a daunting process – for many reasons. Making the decision to get help for an addiction, or to get help for a loved one, is a brave step and we are here to help you along the way.   Every […]

The Gift of Desperation in Addiction Recovery

  You feel utterly weird when you first quit drinking. I certainly did. I felt like a sober alien who had been beamed down onto a boozy planet. Like a foreigner in my own life, completely out of context and uncomfortable to say the least.   It’s a rough transition… I’d go to social gatherings […]

Enabling VS Empathy – It’s a Fine Line – Interacting With Addiction

  Even if you aren’t familiar with addiction treatment, you’ve probably heard the term “enabler”. Enabling describes how loved ones interact with a person with a substance use disorder (SUD). And although many of us have heard the word, few of us know what it actually means.   Enabling behavior is anything that supports an addict’s […]

Insight Into Overdose Grief & Loss – Join Us at a FAN Presentation

  Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community based program for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters. FAN seeks to change the face of addiction, dispel the stigma of addiction, and educate the community as well as those affected by addiction.   With 19 chapters throughout Michigan and a […]

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!” […]