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Dear Rae: No Alcohol for the Holidays? I’m Mad!

Dear Rae: I just got an email from my aunt saying our cousin (we’ll call him Bill) is in early recovery from addiction and to support him, she is not allowing any alcohol in her house for the holidays. I have to admit it makes me mad! My aunt is always the center of our […]

Who Do You Trust? Rebuilding Connection in Family Recovery

  Our last articles focused on the dynamics impacting early recovery for the family. I thought this might be a good time to look at the role of trust and the impact of mistrust in the family recovery process. When a family loses trust, the sense of connection as a family is also lost. And […]

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Congratulations Gail Hall – 2021 Eating Disorder Advocacy Award KHF

  Congratulations to Gail Hall for being honored by the Kirsten Haglund Foundation (KHF) with their 2021 Advocacy Award! The #findingfreedom fundraiser raised funds for lifesaving eating disorder treatment scholarships and launched the foundation’s virtual transitional living program. Community, advocacy and love were apparent at an in-person gathering and zoom event in Troy, Michigan last […]

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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 […]

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Announcing Sanford Detox Treatment!

  As part of our full continuum of care, Sanford Behavioral Health is opening Sanford Detox Treatment. Our detox treatment facility is located at the Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus, 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids in Marne, Michigan. Beds are available November 15, 2021.   Detox Opening November 15, 2021!   What is Detox […]

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Recovery Processing Group – Checkups for Long-Term Sobriety!

  Recovery Processing Group is available for our clients who have achieved 6 months of sobriety or more. As we stay sober longer our needs change. Gone are the days of having to learn and hone our coping skills. By the late months of the first year, we have learned many of the skills that […]

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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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Family Addiction Education – It Takes a Lifetime!

  We ended our last article with a comment on learning. We said, “The more you learn, the more you want to know and understand.”  That’s a great lead into our next element of discussion for your recovery plan – family education.  The requirements for family recovery all go together. They include EDUCATION, SUPPORT and […]

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Signs of Depression and How to Cope

Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. American Psychological Association    Signs of Depression Depression […]

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Self-Care and Support: The Family Recovery Plan

  In our last article we looked at the Dynamics Impacting Families in Early Recovery. In this article, and the next one, we will look at what these dynamics mean to your own recovery plan. We will address the family’s “stages of change” and focus on the “preparation” and “action” stages.    Self-Care and Support […]

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