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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sober Grocery Shopping (Without the Anxiety)

Sober Grocery Shopping – imagine this… You have been having a great day. You didn’t hit traffic that made you want to roll down the windows and scream. Your boss was pleasant this morning. You even planned a special meal the kids can eat for dinner – Zucchini Raviolis. (Yes, sometimes they can be tricked […]

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Nurse Practitioner in Addiction Treatment: Limelight Interview

Nurse Practitioner Amy Bukala (with Medical Director Dr. Dosanjh above) is not easy to pin down for an interview. She’s busy. And mobile – moving from Sanford Outpatient Center to the residential Sanford Houses, the back of her white coat flapping. As a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Amy works autonomously as well as […]

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A Well Designed (Grand Rapids) Chair Can be your Friend in Rehab!

This one feels JUST right… The lobby of Grand Rapids Chair Company.   Here’s something you don’t think about when you are getting ready to enter treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) – the chairs. But it should be on your priority list. With 6 to 8 hours of rigorous programming per day, there […]

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Kicking Up the Best of a Michigan Autumn (I’m not SAD)!

  My daughter and her fiance’ were visiting from Florida last weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. For a couple of hot-house flowers, the weather was cold (blustery and in the 40s), but the autumn color was at its finest and my guests were game to explore the splendors […]

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Good Mood Food – What’s Cooking in Recovery?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am still working on establishing a “healthy relationship” with food. So, whenever I sit down with Sanford House Chef Leslie, I feel a bit guilty. I know that my last night’s dinner consisted of a package of hastily browned ground turkey and a peck of green apples […]

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