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The Importance of Healthy Attachments – Limelight Interview

Emphasizing the importance of healthy attachments is a mainstay in addiction treatment. Particularly when speaking of positive outcomes in recovery. Like the legs of a stool, the more support one has, the sturdier the result.   What are Healthy Attachments? “Attachment” is defined as: a strong emotional bond, an affectionate regard, fidelity to a cause, […]

Intentional Clinician Podcast – Addiction Treatment 2020

  Thanks to Paul Krauss and The Intentional Clinician podcast  for his in-depth interview. During this episode, Paul got three different perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on addiction treatment and substance use from three  Sanford professionals. The conversation covered anxiety and distancing in recovery, the rise in drug/alcohol use, how Sanford is addressing […]

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Healing After Suicide – i understand Book Interview

What better time than National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to speak to Vonnie Woodrick about her new book? Vonnie and her children created the nonprofit organization, i understand in 2014 to change the way we talk about suicide. And to address the stigma and language surrounding what is the terminal effect of a mental illness. […]

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Saturday Programming, Addiction Treatment – Limelight Interview

  Sanford House at John Street for Men is quiet on a Saturday. After a long week, the men in residential treatment embrace the weekend and Saturday programming with a more casual vibe. This is not to say we set aside the evidence-based practices we employ during the week, but the work is more relaxed […]

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Art Therapy for Women – Limelight Interview

Art therapy for women (and men) has always been a part of Sanford programming. And according to Art Therapist Jess Kimmel, the first thing she says to a group is, “show me”. Of course, when she asks someone to “show” her something, she’s actually asking them to show themselves.   Sanford embraces art therapy as […]

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Living Michigan Recovery – Best of Excursions

During the past six months, it has been a boon to live in Michigan. Especially for those in recovery from substance use disorders. With 103 state parks and recreation areas covering 306,000 acres, and lots of wide open spaces, those who were feeling cabin-bound were able to explore safely. And we all know that exercise […]

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Importance of Connection in Recovery – Limelight Interview

  The historic home at 540 Cherry Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has stood the test of time. Now, as Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women, it exudes strength and safety, serving as a port in the storm during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the importance of human connection is clear.   In-Person Addiction Treatment in […]

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Outpatient Addiction Treatment – Limelight Interview

  Sanford’s Outpatient Center is abuzz with activity during the pandemic, and outpatient clients are all in groups via telehealth. But even though our programs are being conducted virtually, the administration, assessments, medical monitoring, confidentiality requirements, and stringent standards are still in place. And our outpatient therapists are experiencing the some of the same difficulties […]

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Calling All Alumni – Virtual Groups During COVID-19!

  There has been a spate of articles, webinars and Zoom presentations talking about the negative impact of COVID-19 on those in recovery from addiction. Isolation, limited in-person connection, and uncertainty are just a few of the stressors that affect everyone during a pandemic. But those with substance use disorders have additional challenges. And Sanford […]

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Opioid Overdoses in Michigan – Bridge Interview

Thank you to Bridge Michigan, and reporter, Robin Erb, for including Sanford in her informed article on the state of opioid overdoes 2020. The article provides state data and reports from county medical examiners, showing a rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Michigan.   Why the Rise in Opioid-Related Overdoses? It is understandable that […]

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