Shame – Being VS Doing Something Wrong …

I struggle to facilitate conversations about shame. And I’m transparent about that with my clients. This is for a few reasons: shame is difficult to conceptualize. Unlike “coping skills” or “aftercare planning,” shame is nebulous. Open for discourse. Dependent on our unique perspectives and past experiences. Additionally, I’ve yet to master managing shame in my […]

What Men Want (from their Addiction Treatment)

What do men want when they check in at an addiction treatment center? According to Rae Rabideau, Sanford Manager of Clinical Operations, most men enter treatment to “learn how not to relapse”. The details of their stay are not something they’ve really thought about, and the continuum of care and the future is unknown.   […]

Reflections on Time and Addiction Recovery

The passing of time is a strange concept in itself, but for me in sobriety, it was the one thing I didn’t consider.  As a child I was obsessed with the passing of time and age. I saw things passing too quickly and yet I was not able to live in the moment and enjoy […]

Social Drinking, Social Anxiety and the Open Bar…

What is it about an open bar at a lively party? Friendly wait staff in bow ties and damask draped folding tables.The inevitable lineup of soon to be new best friends. And for anyone like me, with social anxiety, the open bar is the ultimate event ice-breaker.   New Friends, Open Bar….No Anxiety Here.… In […]

Accepting Responsibility for the Things We Invite In (and Regret Later)

What do we invite into our lives only to complain about later?  After a long car ride followed by a short ferry ride, I arrived for a retreat on Bois Blanc Island with other brave adults to explore this question with two seasoned psychotherapists.   Taking Responsibility – Therapist Heal Thyself…  It’s far easier to […]

Spring Cleaning, Spring Recovery! The Best of Excursions…

Never has the Michigan collective longed so for spring. We are tough and stoic, but there was that ice storm. And the wind, whiteouts and relentless cold. And three inches of snow put little white stocking-caps on the daffodils. Enough is enough and we are more than ready to put away the snow shoes and […]

Artist In the Art Therapist: Sanford Excursions

  Over the weekend, Sanford residents attended the local art show Artist in the Art Therapist. The show features artwork by Sanford Art Therapist Leara Glinzak. And examines Leara’s varied roles as artist, Art Therapist, and business woman.   I noticed a difference in my personal art and the art I made in my role […]

The Role of Nurse Practitioner in Addiction Treatment: Limelight Interview

Amy Bukala (with Medical Director Dr. Dosanjh above) is not easy to pin down for an interview. She’s busy. And mobile – moving from Sanford Outpatient Center to the residential Sanford Houses, the back of her white coat flapping. As a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Amy works autonomously as well as in collaboration […]

A Life Beyond My Wildest Dreams in Recovery?

I often hear people in recovery talking about “a life beyond my wildest dreams” and it is a statement I have actually begun to resent.  Since I found sobriety, I am healthier and in general terms a lot happier. But I feel like I am slowly losing so much.   Sober life is tough for […]

Buyer Beware – Bad Hats in the Addiction Treatment Biz

At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we believe that every person deserves to find the place from which they draw strength. We also believe that those struggling with substance use disorders and their loved ones should find appropriate treatment with ease. And that addiction treatment websites, directories and 800 number resources must provide accurate information.   […]