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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 […]

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 […]

Sharing the Recovery Story – The WGVU News Interview

  Addiction is real in West Michigan. And WGVU Morning Show guests from Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers discuss how to handle the holiday season. Founder, Rae Green, and Sanford House at John Street for Men House Manager, Roderic Townes, join host, Shelley Irwin, to share stories and discuss recovery during this festive time of year. […]

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Letting Go in Family Recovery (Happy Holidays!)

Once again it’s the holiday season with a tradition of gift giving to folks you care about!  At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we care about our Excursions readers and we have one of those practical little gifts for you.   Gathering with people you love … We understand families managing SUDs during the holiday season […]

Addiction and Navigating the Holidays – eightWest Interview

Sanford Founder Rae Green sat down with eightWest host Terri DeBoer to talk about all things addiction, recovery and the holidays. Rae offered tips to welcome (not dread) the upcoming festivities while maintaining recovery. Tips include establishing sober boundaries and planning ahead.   What is the most wonderful time of the year for most people […]

Family Support Group at Sanford – Making a Connection

Here are the facts about the Sanford Family Support Group: The group is for family members and friends (F&F) of clients or former clients of Sanford. It does not matter what level of care the family member has been treated in.   Any F&F who has been through our 4-session Family Program or a previous […]

Dear Rae: Will Holiday Temptations Derail My Recovery?

Dear Rae: I am 92 days drug and alcohol free. How do I manage my recovery during the upcoming holiday season? There are so many temptations!  Emily Dear Emily: First, congratulations on 92 days. I am glad you’ve written to me and that you have a healthy respect for the challenges the holidays bring for […]

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Fear of Inadequacy – Is Good Enough, Good Enough?

Inadequacy. A feeling we “aren’t supposed” to have as competent, put-together adults. An emotion I’m certainly barred from as an advice-wheeling expert-in-the-room, right?    Growing up, we’re told to approach all things with confidence. We’re expected to push through doubt, advised to hide our insecurities. And while confidence is an important skill to master, it’s […]