Looking Forward to 2019! With the Best Of Excursions 2018…


We are grateful to all the contributing writers, who graced Excursions in 2018.  And in a fleeting, online world the following three articles stood the test of time. With titles, authors and topics that continue to be searched and read over and over.


The Best of Excursions 

Our goal is to bring a rich resource to our clients, to those in long term recovery, and also to folks who are thinking about getting help. And with articles on Therapist Interviews, Celebrities in Recovery and Advice for Loved Ones, we cover a wide swath of topics about the disease of addiction and recovery.


Thanks to Guest Columnist, Randy Flood; Sanford House Art Therapist, Jess Kimmel; and the inimitable Lotta Dann of Mrs. D is Going Without/Within. Happy New Year to you all and keep those great articles coming!


Toxic Masculinity – The Hidden Trauma in Men’s Lives

Human suffering is all around us.  We learn of untold trauma—sexual abuse, bullying, domestic violence, early and sudden deaths of loved ones, exposure to combat, life altering injuries, etc. It makes us wonder how individuals survive and move on to live life.  We are inspired by heroic stories of survival and healing.   The [read more…]



Addiction – The Power of Prediction and Prevention

It’s finally July and Grand Rapids has blossomed into the bright, bustling community I love. Families are spending evenings on the porch… watching kids draw with chalk… grilling all manner of meats and veg. These days, it can be easy to slip into a habit of mid-week drinking, what with holidays and get-togethers and [read more…]



Strategies for Early Recovery

Early sobriety is hard as hell. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. It takes guts, commitment, and bravery to remove alcohol from your life and relearn how to live as a sober person.   It does get much easier the more time that goes on not drinking… But there’s no getting away from the [read more…]



At Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that everyone deserves to find the place from which they draw strength… Because our proven addiction treatment, comprehensive as it may be, is just the beginning of a life in recovery. We want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion. Our guiding principles include a homelike environment, individualized treatment, integrated therapies, robust excursions and family involvement. The treatment programs at Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women and Sanford House at John Street for Men are gender specific to foster safety, honesty and community. People in different stages of recovery need different levels of care - Sanford Outpatient Center provides connection, education and Intensive Outpatient Services to those who are inspired to embrace sobriety, but may not be appropriate for residential care.