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Eating Disorders and OCD – Why They Co-Occur

  People with eating disorders (ED) have a nine times greater risk of developing lifetime obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In a recent Journal of Psychiatric Research article, a study by Drakes, Fawsett, Rose, et al. also found that those with EDs were at 8 times greater risk for current OCD.   Eating Disorders and OCD […]

Warning Signs of Relapse: Early Recovery and Beyond

  In my most recent article, Understanding Relapse – A Family Guide, we reviewed some of the realities of addiction relapse. We also looked at individual recovery plans designed to provide support and accountability towards family recovery.  Now we will look at the bigger picture of relapse in addictive disease and the warning signs in […]

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Hiking Michigan – 12 Reasons It’s Good For Your Health!

  Everyone knows walking is good for you. But did you know how good? And walking and hiking provide additional benefits to those recovering from substance use disorders (SUD). Especially those who are attempting to rebuild a healthy lifestyle and reverse the ill effects of long-term drug or alcohol use. The best news about taking a […]

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Understanding Addiction Relapse – A Family Guide

  For family recovery to become a reality, each member of the household must have an accurate perspective on addiction relapse and their own recovery plan.  Any situation that stimulates old addictive pathways can lead to relapse in the person with addictive disease. Likewise, to members of their family! The most important thing is what […]

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Michigan Summer: It’s Good for What Ails You!

  Michigan summer… It’s finally Michigan summer. And after what we’ve gone through the past fifteen months, summer has a special meaning this year. It feels hopeful and restorative. Green is the color or life, nature, renewal and energy. The color green is also associated with fertility, growth and harmony.  Blue stands for serenity, stability, […]

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Addiction Defenses: Denial, Justification, Deception, Manipulation

  Following is the complete series I wrote on the dynamics and defenses people use as they develop a substance use disorder (SUD). The primary defenses used as addiction progresses are denial, justification, deception, and manipulation.   Denial, Justification, Deception, Manipulation For the family members of an individual developing an SUD, these defenses are known […]

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Ongoing Recovery Support for Family & Friends!

  Sanford’s Family Education Program has just completed its first year of virtual service to the family and friends of our clients! Ongoing Recovery Support – A Look Back… At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we have always acknowledged the significant role family and friends can play in the treatment of and recovery from addiction. Family […]

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The Best Sober Vacations to Take This Summer

  The CDC says, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.” Of course, we still may need to wear masks were federal or state laws and regulations stipulate, but the flood gates have opened for travel. And the timing is perfect as we are going into […]

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Exercise for Stress and Anxiety – 5 Days X 30 Minutes!

I like setting small attainable goals. Tell me to exercise for my stress and anxiety, and I find myself in a quandary. Should I get up early and hit the nature center for a bracing hike (or will that take too long)? Wait, I could do Pilates in the living room and lunges with weights […]

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Alcohol and Divorce – Is Drinking Ruining the Marriage?

  In an old song recorded in the 50s, Frank Sinatra sings, “Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. This I tell you brother; you can’t have one without the other.” True indeed. But a less lyrical hypothesis is also true; alcohol and divorce go together like a horse […]

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