Medication-Assisted Treatment – Busting the Myths

When managing addiction, many people fear the judgement of others for their choices about treatment decisions. There are multiple ways to approach recovery. And medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a viable and appropriate choice for some. You and your treatment team will decide which course of action is best for you. When talking with others you […]

Counselor Self-Care: Protecting the Instruments of Healing

When I was a newly graduated counselor, over thirty years ago, I took my first job in an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center. I remember my feelings of anxiety upon seeing my first clients. And I wondered, “What treatment modality should I apply?” I also worried, “Are my listening skills adequate and professional?”    […]

Sober Dating? How on Earth Do I Master Relationships?

Life as a single sober person can be difficult.  And sober dating? Fellowship meetings are not social clubs, and I tend to focus on recovery and helping others while there. So it’s difficult to meet someone (although it does happen). I am also acutely aware that many of my fellows share stories of partners who […]

Changing it Up This Summer – Best of Excursions Magazine

  Are you making some changes to your lifestyle this summer? Starting a more rigorous exercise routine? Or experiencing the joys and complications of early recovery? Maybe the long summer days (and nights) have you thinking it’s time to change it up. Exploring all the things you like to do other than indulge in addictive substances. […]

When is Self-Disclosure Appropriate in Recovery Support?

For a host of good reasons, addiction treatment centers hire, educate and promote some employees who are in long-term recovery. This hiring practice fosters an accepting environment. And hiring those in long-term recovery helps to end stigma in the workplace. When Self-Disclosure Serves as a Template Clients at a treatment facility may view employees in […]

Recovery Kayaking – The Uncomplicated Joy

Sobriety, once you get the hang of it, makes life uncomplicated. Take kayaking for example. In my active addiction, a kayaking trip would have been an elaborate affair. I would leave the sunblock, water and bug spray behind, but stockpile wine in plastic water bottles. My balance was so bad, I would never have been […]

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 […]