Body and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the “Somatic and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma” panel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This event was led by Bethany Ackley DeBlaay, Dr. Jessica Gladden, Dr. Brittnie Finkbeiner, Raechel Morrow, April Kaiserlain, and Beth Mellema. It was hosted by The Body Mind Being Project and Grand Rapids Healing Yoga. The panelists spoke about […]

What Does it Mean to Fail? Open Up to Imperfection!

Confronting the “F” word in early recovery… In addition to my clinical work, I also do freelance gigs in the community. Over the weekend, I had one such engagement.   For whatever reason, I wasn’t quite myself that night. Walking into the workshop, I felt uneasy – dread creeping in. You see, I have a […]

Art Prize 2018 – Disease Does Not Discriminate (Work in Progress)

Another drizzly Michigan autumn, another excursion to Art Prize. It’s all over but the memory…   But this year, we took a special interest in art with a greater message: making misery your mission. The women of Sanford House at Cherry Street had an opportunity to hear Leyna Luttrull’s recovery story. She is the artist […]

Reviewing the Controversial Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, global change begins with self-awareness and self-improvement. “If you can’t even clean up your room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?” Peterson writes and lectures on personal responsibility, mythology, and mental health.   I had the opportunity to see Dr. Peterson speak […]

Addiction – The Power of Prediction and Prevention

  It’s finally July and Grand Rapids has blossomed into the bright, bustling community I love. Families are spending evenings on the porch… watching kids draw with chalk… grilling all manner of meats and veg. These days, it can be easy to slip into a habit of mid-week drinking, what with holidays and get-togethers and […]

Structure, Schedule and Safety in Recovery

  On our website, we describe Sanford House at Cherry Street and Sanford House at John Street as “structured environments in which to recover.” And although this sounds like a small detail, it holds a great deal of weight. Sanford House clients adhere to a busy schedule. And following the chaos and unpredictability of active […]

Enabling VS Empathy – It’s a Fine Line – Interacting With Addiction

  Even if you aren’t familiar with addiction treatment, you’ve probably heard the term “enabler”. Enabling describes how loved ones interact with a person with a substance use disorder (SUD). And although many of us have heard the word, few of us know what it actually means.   Enabling behavior is anything that supports an addict’s […]

To Be… Or Not To Be… Are You Committed to Recovery?

  There’s a question of commitment in addiction treatment… I’ve gotten pretty good at reading body language. We communicate in our silences, we communicate when we shift in our seat. Through practice, I’m learning to recognize the signs of fake commitment. Feigned devotion. A quiet plan to self-destruct that brews behind, “I’ll do whatever it takes!” […]

A Firsthand View – Art Therapy and the Treatment of Anxiety

  In group therapy, I ask members to “keep within their own experience.” No advice giving. No telling others how to feel. This helps create safety within the session. A college mentor of mine once said, “Never assume to understand the experience of someone else. Even if it’s one you’re familiar with, like sadness or […]

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2017 Sanford House Roundup

  As the New Year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting. The staff of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers hosted events and forged new partnerships in 2017. This year was a big one for us, from the opening of our men’s facility to the development of our alum program. Our treatment team partnered with clients to […]