Managing Stress – Slow Down, Take Stock, Make Choices

I am sitting at my desk, typing away, and my head is pounding. The coffee I had this morning didn’t fix it. The gallon of water I am halfway to drinking hasn’t done anything. Maybe I am grinding my teeth at night? Or maybe something else is going on?    My instinct? To push through. […]

Why does the Milieu Matter in Addiction Treatment?

The “milieu” is defined as a person’s social environment. One’s general surroundings. In addiction treatment, we use the term to describe the space between clinical activities (individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation, etc.) when clients have an opportunity to interact with one another, as well as with the staff. At Sanford Outpatient Center, this means that […]

Fostering Feelings of Awe

Michiganders have always been my favorite group of people for many reasons. I LOVE the way that Michiganders love their state. From Detroit, to Grand Rapids, to Traverse City, to the Upper Peninsula – you would be hard pressed to find a Michigander who did not endorse and thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of their […]

Mindfulness, Manageable Stress & Addiction Treatment

When I started to gather information for my graduate degree research project, it was just starting to get colder in Michigan. We were inching toward the winter months, and my anxiety spiked with each grey day on the horizon. The stress that accompanies literature reviews and all-things-research in graduate school appeared to double each moment […]