Do You Really WANT to Change (and Be Sober)?

You have to want to change in order to change.   I could type a million words about why I love being sober, but if you don’t want to stop drinking it will make no difference.   The tools and techniques of change… I could talk until I run out of puff about all the […]

Sanford Founder Rae Green & WZZM13: Talking to Teens About Marihuana

  Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational marihauna for adults over the age of 21. And yes, Michigan spells it “marihauna” – harkening back to the Marihauna Tax Act of 1937 for its chosen spelling. But an English lesson is not what our children need on the subject of marihauna, no matter how […]

What is This Thing Called Addiction RECOVERY?

  This is not a trick question. Nor does it have a “right” answer. However, there is a wise old saying by Yogi Berra that sums it up, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” And with addiction recovery, it is up to each one of us to define […]

Body and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the “Somatic and Mindfulness Treatment for Trauma” panel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This event was led by Bethany Ackley DeBlaay, Dr. Jessica Gladden, Dr. Brittnie Finkbeiner, Raechel Morrow, April Kaiserlain, and Beth Mellema. It was hosted by The Body Mind Being Project and Grand Rapids Healing Yoga. The panelists spoke about […]

Gratitude, Thankfulness and Recovery in the Real World…

  I went away to a retreat last weekend. I was feeling a bit “rusty” in my recovery and decided I could use a tune-up. One of the things that hit me like a gong at a Buddhist temple while I was there, was the fact I had stopped doing a daily check on the […]

21st Century Parenting – Children & Parents Should be Seen AND Heard

  Parents today are challenged.  It used to be that children were seen, but not heard.  Now it seems that they are seen, heard, and sometimes in control.  Sure, there are still “old school” parents wielding and abusing their power over children while eroding their self-agency into a debilitating “mommy dearest” deference.  But there are […]

The Wood TV Interview – Sanford Outpatient Center

  Thanks to Wood TV and Emily Linnert for this fabulous piece on Sanford Outpatient Center. Our newest facility is located in Suite #101 of the landmark, Grand Rapids Masonic Temple.  Serving those with substance use disorders (SUDs) in another lovingly restored historic space.    Wood TV Interview – Sanford Outpatient Center      

What Does it Mean to Fail? Open Up to Imperfection!

Confronting the “F” word in early recovery… In addition to my clinical work, I also do freelance gigs in the community. Over the weekend, I had one such engagement.   For whatever reason, I wasn’t quite myself that night. Walking into the workshop, I felt uneasy – dread creeping in. You see, I have a […]

Kicking Up the Best of a Michigan Autumn (I’m not SAD)!

  My daughter and her fiance’ were visiting from Florida last weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. For a couple of hot-house flowers, the weather was cold (blustery and in the 40s), but the autumn color was at its finest and my guests were game to explore the splendors […]

Limelight Therapist Interview 4 – What is Intensive Outpatient (IOP)?

  At Sanford House, we are always growing and changing – looking for better ways to serve our clients. And when we opened Sanford Outpatient Center, there was no question who would facilitate the group activities. The Grand Opening of our Outpatient Center just took place, we are serving clients every day. So, what better […]