blank

11 Reasons Michigan Autumn is Good for Your Health

  Like a disoriented snowbird, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Florida a few years ago. Florida – where everyone expects it to be sweltering from May until October, and temperate from November to April. Where people huddle inside hoodies and complain when the weather drops beneath 50 degrees. Where there is nary a […]

Living Michigan Recovery – Best of Excursions

During the past six months, it has been a boon to live in Michigan. Especially for those in recovery from substance use disorders. With 103 state parks and recreation areas covering 306,000 acres, and lots of wide open spaces, those who were feeling cabin-bound were able to explore safely. And we all know that exercise […]

blank

Sobriety Makes You Prettier – It’s Better than Botox!

  For a time, my office was in an outbuilding next to Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I work for Sanford, and I’m am also in recovery, so I am acutely aware of the havoc alcohol can play on a person’s appearance. My […]

blank

Anxiety Disorder 2020 – What are the Signs?

During a family Zoom meeting last week, my son asked us a question his boss had posed in another Zoom meeting. The question was, “What new thing have you learned during the pandemic?” My son, who is clever as well as handsome, answered, “I built a table from scratch.” Another person said, “I learned to […]

blank

Boundaries, New Life, Nutrition Reboot – The Best of Excursions

It’s spring and in Michigan everything is chirping, budding and flowering. It makes you feel alive, awakened after a long sleep …  We’ve been distancing for several weeks, and one of the interesting things that seems to have come from our stay-at-home charge, is determining what is essential.  So, as the world begins to open […]

blank

Addiction Treatment Admissions SOS – Limelight Interview

The admissions team at Sanford has always offered help to those who are struggling with substance use disorders (SUD). And they have always served as a port in the storm for individuals and their families who are looking for the right answers, facilities and programs to treat SUDs.   During this difficult time, we are […]

blank

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 […]

blank

Exercise and Addiction – 12 Good Reasons to Take a Hike

  “Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human.” Kathy Bowman/ Move Your DNA   When I look back on the road to my recovery from addiction, the 12-step aphorism, “putting one foot in front of the other” has literal significance to me. I am always up for a long walk or […]

blank

New Day, New Year, New Video – Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers

  ‘Tis the season to be thankful. It’s also the season to look back on the previous year and forward to 2020. In 2019, the Sanford team did what they do best. We continued to provide an addiction treatment exemplar in our residential houses – Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House […]

blank

Wonderful Winter/Holiday Recovery – the Best of Excursions

spirited For those of us who live in Michigan, the snow in early November this year was a disappointment (at first). It did a number on our autumn color tour adventures. And the yellow and orange trees dusted with white were a bit disorienting. But the melancholy we feel when the leaves begin to change […]

blank