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Newcomers to Recovery – Building on the Basics

  I love the phrase that says, “The newcomer is the most important person in the room.” And as I get further into my recovery journey, I recognize how true this is. In my early days, I was not really helping anyone else in recovery. I was too busy helping myself. Now however, the newcomers […]

Hiking Michigan – This is your Brain on Nature

  In the rafters of the historic home I live in, there is a bird’s nest which has provided a snapshot of nature in the past three months. While I sheltered at home, I studied the wren who built the nest through my bathroom window. She attempted to warm her eggs during the March drizzle […]

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Boundaries in Recovery – The Freedom of Setting Limits

From the presentation “Establishing Healthy Boundaries in Recovery” – Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Washtenaw County Family Forum, May 11, 2020 by Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC and Ellen M. Sork, LLMSW.   What are boundaries in recovery? “Boundary” is a word that has found its way into our everyday vocabulary and popular media. The concept […]

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Recovering Together – Sanford Family Programs Go Virtual

The Family Programs at Sanford were created to include the loved ones of our clients in the treatment process and beyond. At Sanford, we believe family involvement is a key component to a healthy, long-term recovery. And during this time, we are offering our family programs on virtual platforms.    Recovering Together The Family Program […]

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A Commitment to Recovery – The Limelight Interview

  A commitment to recovery in the time of COVID-19 means maintaining your group therapy and connection through virtual platforms. And the usual hustle and bustle of the in-person Sanford Outpatient Center has been subdued during the past three months. As we are all adjusting to the protocols and safety regulations, substance use disorders (SUD) […]

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Addiction Stigma – How Person-First Language Helps

Stigma is defined as “a mark of disgrace or infamy”. Stigma in addiction comes mostly from the symptoms of a person’s behavior and other aspects of a substance use disorder. Addiction Stigma It is known that persons who are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs can behave aggressively or dishonestly with erratic behaviors and judgment which […]

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Do You Know How Active Addiction Feels?

As an adult, in a family with a member who has an active addiction, it is likely you are having feelings and thoughts reported by many other family members who deal with addiction in their midst. You feel hurt, anger, frustration, self-doubt, confusion, anxiety, fear, sadness, and hopelessness. You might also believe you have tried […]

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Boundaries, New Life, Nutrition Reboot – The Best of Excursions

It’s spring and in Michigan everything is chirping, budding and flowering. It makes you feel alive, awakened after a long sleep …  We’ve been distancing for several weeks, and one of the interesting things that seems to have come from our stay-at-home charge, is determining what is essential.  So, as the world begins to open […]

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Join Us! Healthy Boundaries for Recovery – FAN Online Forum

Thank you to Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics (WFAN) for the opportunity to present the topic: “Establishing Healthy Boundaries for Recovery” via their Online Forum, May 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers Founder, Rae Green, and Clinical Therapist, Ellen Sork, will discuss the characteristics, myths and positives of setting boundaries with a loved one […]

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One Potato, Two Potato – Brain Food and More!

When you think of recovery, do you think about a potato? I bet your answer is a hard no. Well, I am going to change your mind. To start, I am going to go way back to the beginning and share a little history with you about the potato.    Potato History Let’s go back […]

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