medical detox officers

What is Medical Detox? Anatomy of Addiction Podcast

  Today on the podcast we talk to Sanford Chief Operations Officer, Katie Vokes and Chief Clinical Officer, Jenny Selent. They define “medical detox” and talk about the criteria for entering a detox facility. Also, they give us a good idea of what it feels like to take the first step in the addiction treatment […]

What to Expect When You Call a Treatment Center – Anatomy of Addiction Podcast

  Have you ever wondered what happens when you call an addiction, eating disorder or mental health treatment center to ask for help? Who answers the phone? What questions do they ask you? What should you have available? Do you have the telephone jitters, but just want to talk to someone about entering a mental […]

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Flying High: Why Airports Are Triggers for Those in Recovery

  The holidays are coming, and we have begun to venture back to the friendly skies. It seems that everyone is donning a mask and getting on a plane going somewhere. For those of us in recovery, walking through a brightly lit airport has the potential to trigger memories of a high flying past. And […]

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Remembering Early Recovery in an Empty House

  I had what will probably be a once in a lifetime experience this summer. Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women in Grand Rapids, Michigan was closed for a short time for restoration. This is something that happens rarely in the 24/7 world of residential addiction treatment. The 170-year-old floors were restored, and everything […]

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Hiking Michigan – 12 Reasons It’s Good For Your Health!

  Everyone knows walking is good for you. But did you know how good? And walking and hiking provide additional benefits to those recovering from substance use disorders (SUD). Especially those who are attempting to rebuild a healthy lifestyle and reverse the ill effects of long-term drug or alcohol use. The best news about taking a […]

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Anatomy of Addiction Podcast – What is Recovery?

  “Recovery” is a word we hear a lot in the mental health field. Recovery is what all those with mental health and substance use disorders strive for. But what is recovery? And how has the definition of recovery changed over the years?   What is Recovery? Recovery is a process of change through which […]

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Michigan Summer: It’s Good for What Ails You!

  Michigan summer… It’s finally Michigan summer. And after what we’ve gone through the past fifteen months, summer has a special meaning this year. It feels hopeful and restorative. Green is the color or life, nature, renewal and energy. The color green is also associated with fertility, growth and harmony.  Blue stands for serenity, stability, […]

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Demi Lovato, Diet Culture & Eating Disorders

  Demi Lovato spoke out recently on social media about eating disorders. They have long been open about their personal struggles. Demi said it could be dangerous to comment on a person’s weight, even as a compliment. In the fast-paced world of Instagram stories, the post has likely disappeared from Demi’s feed. But at Sanford, […]

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The Best Sober Vacations to Take This Summer

  The CDC says, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.” Of course, we still may need to wear masks were federal or state laws and regulations stipulate, but the flood gates have opened for travel. And the timing is perfect as we are going into […]

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Exercise for Stress and Anxiety – 5 Days X 30 Minutes!

I like setting small attainable goals. Tell me to exercise for my stress and anxiety, and I find myself in a quandary. Should I get up early and hit the nature center for a bracing hike (or will that take too long)? Wait, I could do Pilates in the living room and lunges with weights […]

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