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 […]

Welcoming the Sober Holidays – 10 Tips to Make them Manageable

My family has a legend we talk about from my non-sober holidays past. It’s about the time “Mom”, with a bottle of chardonnay coursing through her system, put hot stuffing into a Pyrex bowl. And while the rest of the Thanksgiving meal was sliced, mashed and dolloped into serving dishes, attempted to keep the stuffing […]

My Loved One is Angry & DUI – Should I Call the Police?

  Living with Addiction: If you live with someone who drinks or drugs too much, the following scenario should be familiar. The argument begins (as it always does) about mid-way between sobriety and your loved one’s peak inebriation and ends in DUI. It may start because of a missed milestone or unbecoming behavior in public. […]

Continuum of Care: Early Recovery & Relapse Prevention

Continuum of care is a cohesive system of care that guides and tracks Sanford clients through all levels of treatment intensity. At Sanford, we recognize the importance of a long-term continuum of treatment programs, classes and resources. The therapeutic alliance between client and counselor is vital. And our clients respond best to treatment when they […]

Finding Recovery – Living in Recovery

There is a difference between finding recovery and living in recovery. When I found recovery, I was at such a rock bottom that I could see no way of continuing to live.   I was well aware that alcohol is a toxin. I knew it was ruining everything and destroying me and all my relationships. […]

Sober Dating? How on Earth Do I Master Relationships?

Life as a single sober person can be difficult.  And sober dating? Fellowship meetings are not social clubs, and I tend to focus on recovery and helping others while there. So it’s difficult to meet someone (although it does happen). I am also acutely aware that many of my fellows share stories of partners who […]

Recovery Kayaking – The Uncomplicated Joy

Sobriety, once you get the hang of it, makes life uncomplicated. Take kayaking for example. In my active addiction, a kayaking trip would have been an elaborate affair. I would leave the sunblock, water and bug spray behind, but stockpile wine in plastic water bottles. My balance was so bad, I would never have been […]

Acceptance? The Stages of my Recovery …

Living a life in recovery is challenging. In order to get sober, I had to give in to my addiction and in order to stay sober I have had to learn about addiction. And in learning about my addiction, I have learned a lot about myself and others. I have also learned it’s all about […]

What is Early Recovery? And When Do I Graduate?

I was hiking with a group of people who are new to recovery. And out of the blue, one of them asked, “What’s early recovery?”   Before I could answer, someone else said, “Yeah. What is early recovery and how do I get out of it?”   Still a third said, “I have a friend […]

Reflections on Time and Addiction Recovery

The passing of time is a strange concept in itself, but for me in sobriety, it was the one thing I didn’t consider.  As a child I was obsessed with the passing of time and age. I saw things passing too quickly and yet I was not able to live in the moment and enjoy […]