Founders Message – When Addiction Treatment is Inspirational…

  With change comes reflection. And there have been a number of positive changes at Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers in the past few months. First, Founders Rae and David Green have finished a nearly year-long restoration of the Hazeltine mansion in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is set to open in September as […]

Opening Doors to Mental Health – Please Join Us for an Open House!

  The Sanford House Team is pleased to invite you to an open house and conversation about mental health. We are partnering with i understand, a non-profit organization who’s mission is to support those who have lost a loved one by suicide or struggle with mental illness. i understand provides compassionate comfort to individuals and communities by: […]

We’re Not Lost We’re Exploring – Excursions with Kathy

  Sanford House Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow, is always scouting out new places to encourage and excite our clients to challenge themselves physically. And when she heard that Blandford Nature Center was opening a new section to their trail map, she loaded up the van. The former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan is beginning […]

What are My Kids Thinking (About my Sobriety)?

  I have so many “how on earth could I be doing this if I was still boozing” moments nowadays, but none more so than when I’m driving my kids around in the evening to their activities. My Three Sons… This happens a lot given I’ve entered that phase of parenting when I seem to […]

Artists and Craftsmen: We Say “Restore” Not “Repair”

Summer has been a busy season for Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers. Our men’s facility, Sanford House at John Street, is opening its doors in September. For the past year, craftsmen, artisans, planners and surveyors have dedicated themselves to restoring the 20-resident home to it’s original, iconic beauty. The enormous home at John Street has […]

Sanford House at John Street

Join Us: The Sanford House Team is Growing…

  Sanford House at John Street is a residential and non-residential treatment facility for men. We are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The masculine counterpart to Sanford House at Cherry Street, Sanford House at John Street captures the “town and country” atmosphere now signature to our Addiction Treatment Centers. Following the success of our facility for women in […]

What Things Do you Enjoy Instead of Drinking?

  Someone asked me this question the other day. It’s a good one given alcohol used to fill a lot of my days. Like, a lot.   Let’s think it through. I would start drinking at 5pm on the dot and usually fell into bed at around 10pm … so that makes at least 5 […]

Why Does your Addiction Always Come First? A Family Guide

  “Early recovery” marks the beginning stage of sobriety. As the person in recovery adjusts to a sober lifestyle, their loved ones are learning to adjust as well. Loved ones can disregard their own adjustment period, because their focus has been on the addiction itself for so long. In reality, the entire family unit grows […]

Family, children of alcoholic

Boating Boondoggle or Recovery Relapse Prevention?

  In other jobs I have had, going out on a boat on a Friday afternoon was considered a boondoggle. Something one would sneak off to do when no one was looking, or explain with a vague, “I need to, uh, deal with some family issues.”  So, when Sanford House Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow offered to take our residential clients out on […]

What Vogue Magazine Taught me About Recovery “Stylishness”…

  Vogue Magazine recently wrote an article about the benefits of sobriety. Instead of using the term “sobriety,” Vogue called it “abstaining from alcohol.” And appropriately so… there’s a big difference between a non-drinker and a person-in-recovery. The article was about folks who’ve made a provisional, somewhat casual decision to abstain from drugs and alcohol […]

Health benefits of a sober lifestyle