An Evening with Marilyn Spiller, Waking Up The Ghost – Extended

The journey of sobriety and recovery is full of and often driven by stories. Author Marilyn Spiller shares her story of finding sobriety and writing her blog Waking Up The Ghost. She reads some of her favorite stories during an evening at Sanford House. Find more of her sobriety stories with a dash of humor at and through her monthly contributing article for Sanford House on women and addiction.


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.