Sanford Founder Rae Green & WZZM13: Talking to Teens About Marihuana

  Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational marihauna for adults over the age of 21. And yes, Michigan spells it “marihauna” – harkening back to the Marihauna Tax Act of 1937 for its chosen spelling. But an English lesson is not what our children need on the subject of marihauna, no matter how […]

Body and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the “Somatic and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma” panel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This event was led by Bethany Ackley DeBlaay, Dr. Jessica Gladden, Dr. Brittnie Finkbeiner, Raechel Morrow, April Kaiserlain, and Beth Mellema. It was hosted by The Body Mind Being Project and Grand Rapids Healing Yoga. The panelists spoke about […]

21st Century Parenting – Children & Parents Should be Seen AND Heard

  Parents today are challenged.  It used to be that children were seen, but not heard.  Now it seems that they are seen, heard, and sometimes in control.  Sure, there are still “old school” parents wielding and abusing their power over children while eroding their self-agency into a debilitating “mommy dearest” deference.  But there are […]

What Does it Mean to Fail? Open Up to Imperfection!

Confronting the “F” word in early recovery… In addition to my clinical work, I also do freelance gigs in the community. Over the weekend, I had one such engagement.   For whatever reason, I wasn’t quite myself that night. Walking into the workshop, I felt uneasy – dread creeping in. You see, I have a […]

Limelight Therapist Interview 4 – What is Intensive Outpatient (IOP)?

  At Sanford House, we are always growing and changing – looking for better ways to serve our clients. And when we opened Sanford Outpatient Center, there was no question who would facilitate the group activities. The Grand Opening of our Outpatient Center just took place, we are serving clients every day. So, what better […]

Sundays With Omar: Guilt, Shame & the Importance of Forgiveness…

  Although no one looks forward to feeling the effects of guilt and shame, I was excited to see the article below in Psychology Today. There are important aspects about feeling “guilt” and “shame” that influence our ability to be empathetic and to be contributing members of our communities.   At Sanford House, we believe […]

Sundays with Omar: Rock Bottom Bravery

  I worked in the homeless community for the past eight years. I served individuals who were diagnosed with co-morbid, or dual diagnosis disorders. Many people described my efforts as working with the lowest of the low. The rock bottom. I always disagreed.   I knew that my clients were some of the bravest people […]

Reviewing the Controversial Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, global change begins with self-awareness and self-improvement. “If you can’t even clean up your room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?” Peterson writes and lectures on personal responsibility, mythology, and mental health.   I had the opportunity to see Dr. Peterson speak […]

Sundays With Omar – Cultural Competence and Recovery

  One of the distinctive features of the recovery advocacy movement is its commitment to transcend the historical barriers that have separated people within the United States and across the world…  from The Selected Papers of William L. White   Recovery Advocacy and the Latino Community by Bill White, Angelo Lagares & Gaynelle Gosselin   […]

Sundays With Omar – The Duty to Remain True to Oneself…

  It’s interesting to note the differences in an article like this from the Washington Post (below), and the images we see of alcohol use all over traditional and social forms of popular media. We laugh and hit “share” when we see an image of someone saying they’ll only have one glass of wine – […]