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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, […]

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Achievements

  The Recovery Research Institute recently looked at a representative sample of adults who reported “resolution of an alcohol or drug problem”.  These adults were examined for achievements in family, life-style, and economic and community participation. The working definition of recovery is: “a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live […]

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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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Men’s Addiction Treatment – Take the Tour

  Sanford House at John Street for Men is a residential treatment facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following the success of Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women, Founders Rae and David Green looked for a site for their men’s facility. Their goal was to create the same type of gender specific environment for men, […]

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Women’s Mental Health 2021 – Best of Excursions

  Sleep problems, depression and anxiety are more common in women than in men according to a recent report by Frontiers in Global Women’s Health. What’s more, as isolation extended during the pandemic, women’s symptoms worsened.   Perhaps not surprisingly, women also reported higher scores on a scale measuring empathy in the report. Empathy is […]

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Women’s Addiction – “Pink Flags” for 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 […]

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Whack a Mole! Eating Disorders & Addiction Treatment…

  I’ve never liked the carnival game whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer, while an endless succession of new rodents appears. It is too stressful and unpredictable. But I could relate, when a friend in recovery said they thought eating disorders, popping up during addiction treatment, reminded them of playing whack-a-mole.   Wham! That came […]

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10 Reasons a Michigan Winter is Good for Your Health!

  At the beginning of winter 2020, there is no question what was in the minds of Michiganders far and wide. After almost a year of isolation, distancing and COVID-19, we are heading into the months when we normally sequester. How are we going to handle this? And when the first snow fell in October […]

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Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care – Limelight Interview

  A recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) is an infrastructure with the resources to address the full range of substance use problems within communities. The ROSC provides a continuum of care, working together with mental health and primary care resources. This includes prevention, early intervention, various treatment programs, continuing care, and long-term recovery.   Recovery-Oriented […]

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