Quit Brooding – Be Happy

  I’ve been feeling down lately. I won’t burden you with the details. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with feeling down. I practice coping skills to move through the rough parts: physical exercise, following a routine, and asking for help. I’m also fortunate to have a handful of folks who bestow help when I ask. Sometimes […]

My Drinking Dreams – They’re a Nightmare!

I get so much out of living my life sober. And I am really working towards happiness and fulfillment. I feel like I am on the precipice of something or someone. But I haven’t quite worked out what or who. I suspect this is my spiritual awakening to a new life. And this time it […]

Fostering Feelings of Awe

Michiganders have always been my favorite group of people for many reasons. I LOVE the way that Michiganders love their state. From Detroit, to Grand Rapids, to Traverse City, to the Upper Peninsula – you would be hard pressed to find a Michigander who did not endorse and thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of their […]

12-Steps in Addiction Treatment – Limelight Interview

  What role does the 12-steps play in addiction treatment and recovery? At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers we incorporate AA and NA 12-step meetings into the curriculum. And because it is sometimes intimidating to go to a meeting on your own – especially when new to recovery, we load all our clients into vans and […]

The Recovery Support Alumni Experience – Staying Connected

  The recovery support alumni groups offered at Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers are a valuable resource that both current and past clients are welcome to take part in. Our alumni meetings are gender-specific. And they take place in Sanford’s residential homes, situated in the Heritage Hill District of Grand Rapids.   A lot goes on […]

I Went to Detox – Do I Still Need Addiction Treatment Dear Rae?

Dear Rae: I just got out of Detox and I feel pretty solid. Do I still need to go to an addiction treatment program? L.J. Dear L.J: In a word, yes. You need some type of addiction treatment program or intensive therapy after a stay in a detox unit. The purpose of detox is to […]

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 […]

When Loved Ones Enable Addictive Disease

In the world of addiction, to “enable” means to assist the progression of the disease by interfering with the natural consequences of addictive behaviors. As you are reading this, you’re probably thinking, “Why would anyone enable addictive disease? Make the situation worse?”  Unfortunately, and often very unintentionally, family members dealing with addictive behaviors, do just […]

Addicted Michigan – the WWMT Channel3 News Interview

Sanford House and Founder/Spokesperson Rae Green are in the news again. This time in response to WWMT Channel 3 News’ series on Addicted Michigan. Click the link or photo below for the newscast and full interview  by Alexis Berdine.   One in 10 Americans are going to become addicted to drugs or alcohol…The feature of […]

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 […]