Adjusting to Change – Curve-balls in Addiction Recovery

I started to write this article about a week and a half before public safety and public health became part of the global news. The article originally started with “Rigid thinking can be the reason we struggle to move freely through the mundane aspects of life”. Surely, that is even more true today as it […]

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers – COVID-19 Update

  At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we are all healthcare workers on the front lines, looking out for our patients every day. During these times of heightened stress and anxiety, we are continuing to provide a beacon of treatment and recovery for our clients within the new “normal” of the coronavirus. In close communication with […]

Wise Recovery Slogans, Sayings & Catchphrases

Lately what I’ve written has been intense (e.g., boundaries, generational addiction, relapse). And I’m ready to try something a little lighter, yet equally as informative. A part of the recovery dialogue that has been revealed to me over the years, is the use of slogans in recovery  At first, I thought they were silly. I […]

Managing Stress – Slow Down, Take Stock, Make Choices

I am sitting at my desk, typing away, and my head is pounding. The coffee I had this morning didn’t fix it. The gallon of water I am halfway to drinking hasn’t done anything. Maybe I am grinding my teeth at night? Or maybe something else is going on?    My instinct? To push through. […]

Establishing a Safe Space – Limelight Interview

When we talk about establishing a “safe space” in addiction treatment, what does it mean? There is no question that an outpatient facility should be private and secured. But Clinical Therapist, Ellen Sork, says it takes more than that. It is a combination of physical environment, allowing client groups to participate in setting the expectations, […]

Why does the Milieu Matter in Addiction Treatment?

The “milieu” is defined as a person’s social environment. One’s general surroundings. In addiction treatment, we use the term to describe the space between clinical activities (individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation, etc.) when clients have an opportunity to interact with one another, as well as with the staff. At Sanford Outpatient Center, this means that […]

Relapse! Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Family members in the Sanford Family Program often ask, “Why is there so much relapse with addiction?”  Right along with the first question, I hear, “My loved one went to treatment and we all participated in the programs. Why did this relapse happen? Doesn’t treatment work?”   Relapse! Does Addiction Treatment Work? The truth of […]

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Sanford in the News 2019! The Best of Excursions

2019 was quite a year for news and Sanford founders were in the thick of it. From Rae Green’s Opinion in the Detroit News on Opioid Funding to David Green’s interview on West Michigan Live about the impact of addiction in our state, Sanford was featured in a variety of media.   We showcased staff […]

New Year’s Resolutions – Commitment to the Process of Change

Welcome to 2020! Right now in your social circles the “buzz” is probably about New Year’s Resolutions. Did you make any? In this article I’d like to share some perspectives on how we humans make behavioral changes, like resolutions or changes in our relationships with significant others, and in our lives in general.   Resolutions […]

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Gifts from the Hiking Trail – A Life Passionately Lived

The realities of a life passionately lived … Last week, I grabbed coffee with a friend in recovery. He had returned to the US after completing Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile hike across northern Spain. Not only is this an incredible physical feat, but also one of grit, spiritual growth, and refocus. According to my […]