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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 […]

Announcing Anatomy of Addiction Podcast!

  It seems like everyone is creating a podcast these days. But that’s because podcasting is a wonderful way to provide information, education, and entertainment while folks are on the go. At Sanford, we take educating the community about mental health seriously. In fact, Founder, Rae Green, and other Sanford staff members are often “on […]

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8 Reasons Lake Michigan is Good for your Health

  Why do we gravitate toward water? Why is it so hypnotic to watch the waves? There is a reason every stretch of waterfront is laden with houses and parks – it’s where we want to be. Those who live near the ocean swear by the healing powers of the salty sea. And there is […]

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Whack a Mole! Eating Disorders & Addiction Treatment…

  I’ve never liked the carnival game whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer, while an endless succession of new rodents appears. It is too stressful and unpredictable. But I could relate, when a friend in recovery said they thought eating disorders, popping up during addiction treatment, reminded them of playing whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came […]

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10 Reasons a Michigan Winter is Good for Your Health!

  At the beginning of winter 2020, there is no question what was in the minds of Michiganders far and wide. After almost a year of isolation, distancing and COVID-19, we are heading into the months when we normally sequester. How are we going to handle this? And when the first snow fell in October […]

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The Effects of Alcohol on the Whole Body

  Whenever I think of the ill effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, I think of the 1980s Partnership for a Drug-Free America campaign with the egg. This is your brain (hold up a pristine egg). This is drugs (grease bubbling in a frying pan). And this is your brain on drugs (crack […]

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100 Sober Things to Do to Beat the Winter Blues

  Feeling the winter blues? There are many wonderful things about living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But, and there is a but, the winters are long. A lot of the awesome things to do are currently buried beneath a crazy quilt of variations on the color white.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real issue when the […]

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Anybody Else Having Trouble Sleeping?

  I have a sleep history. For most of my adult life I have been a card-carrying insomniac. Waking at 3:00 am with a crazy energy, sweeping the front porch at dawn and banging pots and pans (or any other noisy handiwork) by 5:00 am. Loved ones stuffed toilet paper in their ears to deaden […]

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COVID-19 Relapse – Miley Cyrus Focuses on Sobriety

  In a series of recent articles, Miley Cyrus, who was 6 months alcohol free, admits to “falling off” during the pandemic. She says she is now “focusing on sobriety” after a relapse a few weeks ago. Miley is not alone in her struggles. And by speaking out, and reclaiming her recovery, she serves as […]

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Sober Holidays – 10 Questions You’ll Want to Ask

  I quit drinking in the month of July, so I had time to get used to the idea before the onslaught of the holiday season. And when I quit, there wasn’t a pandemic to compound the challenge. By Halloween I knew I was committed to sobriety. I spent the first dry trick-or-treat of my […]

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