Addiction is NOT a Choice – Best of Excursions Magazine

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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 alcohol/drugs over me?” It’s like the head says, “I know you have a chronic brain disease.” But, the heart says, “You chose to take that first drink, pill, toke, etc.”


That kind of thinking can break families apart and derail recovery.


Education is the key to understanding…

At Sanford House we believe that education is the key to understanding – for every member of the family. And reiteration of the basics is fundamental in the early days of recovery. We have written a couple of articles on the subject of “choice”. And they are, by far, the most widely read on Excursions Magazine. 


Perhaps we should all remind ourselves, once more, that for those with a SUD, choice becomes dependence. And dependence becomes all consuming…


Reader’s Choice – The Best of Excursions



Why Did You Choose Alcohol Over Me? 3 Good Answers.blank

I write a sobriety blog, I work at a women’s treatment center and I am a recovering alcoholic. I would not describe myself as particularly warm and fuzzy, but people share their problems with me all the time. When it comes to getting and staying sober, I am kind of like Emerald City’s Oz – I [read more…]



Why Did You Choose Alcohol and/or Drugs Over Me?blank

It’s seven o’clock and the school play is starting. Or it’s your birthday dinner with all the relatives. You could be sitting awkwardly with your boss at an introductory lunch, or waiting at the agreed upon spot for a morning walk. Whatever the commitment, you are looking at your watch with your heart in [read more…]




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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.