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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At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion. Our guiding principles include a homelike environment, individualized treatment, medication-assisted and integrated therapies, robust excursions and family involvement. The treatment programs at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men are gender specific to foster safety, honesty and community. People in different stages of recovery need different levels of care - Sanford Outpatient Center provides connection, education and all levels of group therapy to those who are inspired to embrace sobriety in a real life environment. Sanford Virtual Addiction Treatment provides the same evidence-based practices in the comfort and safety of home.