The Role of Nurse Practitioner in Addiction Treatment: Limelight Interview

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 in collaboration […]

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 […]

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 […]

Warning – Bariatric Surgery Can Lead to Alcohol Addiction

  There are times on the road to wellness, when the only thing one can say is, “No fair.” I remember thinking no fair when six months sober, a long dormant eating disorder popped up like the head of a Hydra. Just when I had my alcohol use disorder (AUD) licked, another trial presented itself. […]

Michigan Recovery – Hiking Your Way to Sober Success!

I was at a presentation last month. An august fellow in a well-cut suit was so excited about his topic (convincing us that voting to legalize recreational marijuana was a bad idea), he actually jumped up and down at the podium. DO (jump)! NOT (jump)! ALLOW (jump)! THIS TO HAPPEN IN MICHIGAN (jump, jump)! Sometimes I […]

The Greening of Addiction Recovery – It’s Spring!

  Do you remember the scene in the movie Bambi when the ice melts, flowers bud and everyone gets “twitterpated”? The word holds a different meaning these days, but in the old movie, it depicts the way we all feel about spring. Renewed, restored and ready for what life offers.   That’s especially true for those […]

Women & Addiction – “Pink” Flags for the Moms Who Need Wine…

  I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd: Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates replete with chardonnay and imported cheese… Even baby-carriage walking groups with iced wine in the cup […]

2017 Sanford House Roundup

  As the New Year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting. The staff of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers hosted events and forged new partnerships in 2017. This year was a big one for us, from the opening of our men’s facility to the development of our alum program. Our treatment team partnered with clients to […]

Resolutions? Just Take Good Care of Yourself! Best of Excursions Magazine…

  I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. Too many expectations. But the thought of a brand new year, free of mistakes (you get to erase everything you’ve done wrong in 2017, right?), is fun to think about… And as to resolutions – according to Forbes, only 8% of resolutions are successful. […]

Spending the Holidays in Treatment – The Best of Excursions Magazine

  This week, we had a visit from clinical interventionist Tom Gilbert of TouchStone. Tom shared his journey of addiction and recovery with our clients and staff… And a part of his journey was to spend the holidays in residential treatment. It’s something our residents could relate to – with Christmas approaching and the festive season […]

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