We’re Not Lost We’re Exploring – Excursions with Kathy

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Wellness Coach Kathy Morrow takes the rear.

 

Sanford House Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow, is always scouting out new places to encourage and excite our clients to challenge themselves physically. And when she heard that Blandford Nature Center was opening a new section to their trail map, she loaded up the van. The former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan is beginning its transformation to a natural state. And it is now part of the Nature Center’s 143 acres of gorgeous fields, ponds and farmland.

 

Why Go on a Hike While in Addiction Treatment?

There are so many reasons. It’s great to clear the head after a long day in group therapy sessions. Physical exercise is a boon to recovery. And the Sanford House program includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and experience new adventures, sparking previous passions. Maybe a hike in the woods will galvanize one of our clients to start a hiking group with friends when they get home. Or a beautiful vista will inspire a journal entry. A familiar smell might bring back fond memories…

 

And taking a hike in the woods (with a map that is less than specific) is a good way to work on coping skills.

 

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It all kind of looks the same…

 

When some of the Sanford House walking group started to ask, “Where are we?” and “Which way do we go?” at a crossroad, it was the perfect opportunity for Kathy to say something like, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” Because another benefit of a long hike is the hike itself – the beauty and the awareness of all that surrounds.

 

Better still, Kathy said, “You choose. When we checked in, the woman at the front desk told me all trails lead back to the Nature Center. We can’t get lost.”

 

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And the things we see…

 

 

 

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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.