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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 […]

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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Alcohol and Divorce – Is Drinking Ruining the Marriage?

  In an old song recorded in the 50s, Frank Sinatra sings, “Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. This I tell you brother; you can’t have one without the other.” True indeed. But a less lyrical hypothesis is also true; alcohol and divorce go together like a horse […]

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Here’s Why Women Can’t “Drink Like Men”

Women and Alcohol I spent a lot of time in The Bahamas, on a small island called Staniel Cay. I will admit I was not a saint while living there. The collective, benign tolerance to extreme drinking was certainly a factor in my misuse of alcohol. But I was often shocked by the drunken antics […]

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Women’s Addiction – “Pink Flags” for Moms Who Need Wine

  I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd, Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates replete with chardonnay and imported cheese. Even baby-carriage walking groups with iced wine in the cup […]

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The Wellbeing Trifecta: Sleep, Social Interaction and Exercise

  I’ve been watching Philip K. Dick’s, Electric Dreams on Amazon. Based on his science fiction short stories, Season 1 is a star-studded dystopian watch-athon. The marketing blurb says, “…the anthology will question what it means to be human in uniquely ambitious, grounded, yet fantastical worlds.” Which seems to me like a marketing blurb for […]

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