Wise Recovery Slogans, Sayings & Catchphrases

Lately what I’ve written has been intense (e.g., boundaries, generational addiction, relapse). And I’m ready to try something a little lighter, yet equally as informative. A part of the recovery dialogue that has been revealed to me over the years, is the use of slogans in recovery  At first, I thought they were silly. I […]

Managing Stress – Slow Down, Take Stock, Make Choices

I am sitting at my desk, typing away, and my head is pounding. The coffee I had this morning didn’t fix it. The gallon of water I am halfway to drinking hasn’t done anything. Maybe I am grinding my teeth at night? Or maybe something else is going on?    My instinct? To push through. […]

Preventing Addiction – Responsible Use, Misuse, Dependence

Is preventing addiction possible? My office looks out on a residential treatment center parking lot. So I am privy to the expressions on the faces of people as they arrive for their first day in rehab – arguably what will be both the worst and best day of their lives. To a person, they look […]

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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, […]

“Rehabbing Rehab” – David Green in the GRBJ Interview

David Green, the Founder and CEO of Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, is in the news again. Thanks to Grand Rapids Business Journal and  Ehren Wynder for this informed interview in “Inside Track” on rehabbing rehab for substance use disorders.   We feel one of the great contributions we [Sanford] can make to West Michigan is […]

Sanford and Roderic Townes are WZZM’s One Good Thing

Roderic Townes, started doing drugs when he was 12 years old. He continued until the age of 43, when he sought treatment and began working a life-long recovery program. Today, Roderic is not only clean and sober… he’s also the House Manager at Sanford House at John Street for Men. In a true full circle, […]

Why does the Milieu Matter in Addiction Treatment?

The “milieu” is defined as a person’s social environment. One’s general surroundings. In addiction treatment, we use the term to describe the space between clinical activities (individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation, etc.) when clients have an opportunity to interact with one another, as well as with the staff. At Sanford Outpatient Center, this means that […]

Relapse! Does Addiction Treatment Work?

Family members in the Sanford Family Program often ask, “Why is there so much relapse with addiction?”  Right along with the first question, I hear, “My loved one went to treatment and we all participated in the programs. Why did this relapse happen? Doesn’t treatment work?”   Relapse! Does Addiction Treatment Work? The truth of […]

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Sanford in the News 2019! The Best of Excursions

2019 was quite a year for news and Sanford founders were in the thick of it. From Rae Green’s Opinion in the Detroit News on Opioid Funding to David Green’s interview on West Michigan Live about the impact of addiction in our state, Sanford was featured in a variety of media.   We showcased staff […]

Dogs & Addiction Recovery – Sobriety’s Best Friend?

In the early days of my recovery journey, staying sober was my primary focus and it kept me busy. I had no time for a dog. In order to beat the cravings, I had to fill my time with all sorts of activities. There were meetings and talking with others in recovery to help me […]