Establishing a Safe Space – Limelight Interview

When we talk about establishing a “safe space” in addiction treatment, what does it mean? There is no question that an outpatient facility should be private and secured. But Clinical Therapist, Ellen Sork, says it takes more than that. It is a combination of physical environment, allowing client groups to participate in setting the expectations, […]

Social Drinking, Social Anxiety and the Open Bar…

What is it about an open bar at a lively party? Friendly wait staff in bow ties and damask draped folding tables.The inevitable lineup of soon to be new best friends. And for anyone like me, with social anxiety, the open bar is the ultimate event ice-breaker.   New Friends, Open Bar….No Social Anxiety Here.… […]

Neuro-Reflexive Therapy – Dry Needling for Addiction Aftercare

  I am lying on a wide padded table breathing in through a “hole in my head”. I am breathing out through my hands and feet. There are neuro-reflexive needles in my face, hands, ankles, hips, and the top of my head. And behind my eyes I see cobalt blue squares. When I tell the […]

The Rise of Women & Alcoholism – WNEM TV5 Interviews Sanford House

  WNEM TV5 interviewed Sanford House Marketing Director Marilyn Spiller and Founder and President Rae Green  on the rise of alcoholism in women. In this comprehensive interview, Spiller shares her story – an alcohol dependence that spanned 25 years. And Rae Green, who is also an Addiction Therapist, explains why alcohol use disorders are claiming […]

Addiction Treatment Alphabet Soup – What Do All Those Letters MEAN?

  I remember using acronyms in grade school to help me recall items for upcoming quizzes and tests. One of my favorites was “HOMES”, the names of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. When I got to college, I still made up acronyms to help me study and memorize for tests. While […]

You ARE What You Eat – How Nutrition Helps the Therapeutic Process

  Working in the field of addiction, it is not uncommon for me to hear people say; “I should be able to indulge in all the sweets, fats and junk food I want.” There is a shared belief that “treating themselves” to processed foods is better than using their drug of choice. This, however, is proving to […]

Treating the Family System – When Addiction Impacts the Whole Clan…

  Imagine an extended family dinner at the home of a relative. A birthday or a holiday, the crepe paper is hung, the smell of something cooking dangles on the air. Pies are cooling on the countertop. The children are playing with their cousins and soft music plays. The stuff of Norman Rockwell. Everyone on their best behavior, […]

Who Do You Trust? The Passion and Power of the Mental Health Profession

  On Monday, I was at a dinner with a cool dozen mental health professionals. I am still reeling from the wealth of talent, housed in our private dining room. The dinner was sponsored by our friends at Alta Mira Recovery Programs and Bridges to Recovery and their Clinical Outreach Representative Carla Chludzinski.  Egos and diets were […]

Why is Positive Thinking So Good For Your Recovery?

  Recently, I was in a group of women in recovery and I asked everyone what they were grateful for – with a caveat. I usually spearhead any gratefulness pledge (my children, a recent hike, my sobriety…), but my car had just been towed away and I was feeling a bit negative about the potential outcome. There was a mar […]

Opioid Overdose? Narcan Saves Lives…

  Opioid overdoses have become a national epidemic and they are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Michigan. Opioid overdoses happen when there are so many opioids or a combination of opioids and other drugs in the body, a person becomes unresponsive to stimulation or is unable to breath.The kit in the black box pictured […]