Quit Brooding – Be Happy

  I’ve been feeling down lately. I won’t burden you with the details. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with feeling down. I practice coping skills to move through the rough parts: physical exercise, following a routine, and asking for help. I’m also fortunate to have a handful of folks who bestow help when I ask. Sometimes […]

Fostering Feelings of Awe

Michiganders have always been my favorite group of people for many reasons. I LOVE the way that Michiganders love their state. From Detroit, to Grand Rapids, to Traverse City, to the Upper Peninsula – you would be hard pressed to find a Michigander who did not endorse and thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of their […]

12-Steps in Addiction Treatment – Limelight Interview

  What role does the 12-steps play in addiction treatment and recovery? At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers we incorporate AA and NA 12-step meetings into the curriculum. And because it is sometimes intimidating to go to a meeting on your own – especially when new to recovery, we load all our clients into vans and […]

The Recovery Support Alumni Experience – Staying Connected

  The recovery support alumni groups offered at Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers are a valuable resource that both current and past clients are welcome to take part in. Our alumni meetings are gender-specific. And they take place in Sanford’s residential homes, situated in the Heritage Hill District of Grand Rapids.   A lot goes on […]

I Went to Detox – Do I Still Need Addiction Treatment Dear Rae?

Dear Rae: I just got out of Detox and I feel pretty solid. Do I still need to go to an addiction treatment program? L.J. Dear L.J: In a word, yes. You need some type of addiction treatment program or intensive therapy after a stay in a detox unit. The purpose of detox is to […]

When Loved Ones Enable Addictive Disease

In the world of addiction, to “enable” means to assist the progression of the disease by interfering with the natural consequences of addictive behaviors. As you are reading this, you’re probably thinking, “Why would anyone enable addictive disease? Make the situation worse?”  Unfortunately, and often very unintentionally, family members dealing with addictive behaviors, do just […]

Addicted Michigan – the WWMT Channel3 News Interview

Sanford House and Founder/Spokesperson Rae Green are in the news again. This time in response to WWMT Channel 3 News’ series on Addicted Michigan. Click the link or photo below for the newscast and full interview  by Alexis Berdine.   One in 10 Americans are going to become addicted to drugs or alcohol…The feature of […]

Mindfulness, Manageable Stress & Addiction Treatment

When I started to gather information for my graduate degree research project, it was just starting to get colder in Michigan. We were inching toward the winter months, and my anxiety spiked with each grey day on the horizon. The stress that accompanies literature reviews and all-things-research in graduate school appeared to double each moment […]

Recovery Expectations vs Reality – I’m Sober, What Now?

  We have a nasty habit of glamorizing “getting well.” Our recovery expectations envision peak health… how our lives will look (perfect) and bodies will feel (also perfect)… The thoughts we’ll have and the ones we won’t. Sometimes, we use the idealized and far-off future to excuse our behavior. Once I’m clean, then I’ll tackle […]

Marriage & Family Therapy in Rehab – Limelight Interview

  Clinical Therapist, Lynnel Brewster has a lot of initials after her name. And with 24 years of experience, she has worked in hospital and home settings, residential addiction treatment centers and private practice. Lynnel is a  registered nurse and a licensed professional counselor.  She also has her limited license in marriage and family therapy, […]