I Knew I Was an Alcoholic Long Before I Quit Drinking….

I knew I was an alcoholic long before I finally put the alcohol down.  I knew this because I became emotionally dependent and would use a drink to satisfy everything.  Coming home from work I would slam the bottle of wine on the counter and tell myself that I deserved a drink.  Whether I had […]

Limelight: The Sanford House Therapist Interview 5

  Our clients (and their families) put their trust in the individual counselors who work with them at Sanford House and the therapists who lead the many groups they attend. These are the first significant connections our clients will make in early recovery. Our goal with the Limelight series, is to demystify addiction treatment. We want to […]

Dear Rae: What Level of Care is Best for My Wife?

Dear Rae: I feel completely helpless. My wife has been drinking heavily for years, but she has a good job and is very active. She runs three times a week and we have a pretty big social life. Here’s the problem – lately, she seems to be drinking more and it is impacting her quality […]

Drone’s Eye View of Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers 2019!

The New Year has begun and the Sanford team is busy inspiring our clients to find their inner grit, rekindle their interests and engage their passion for the long haul in recovery.   As always, our evidence-based treatment begins in a particular place….   And the historic homes that make up the Sanford Addiction Treatment […]

A Well Designed (Grand Rapids) Chair Can be your Friend in Rehab!

This one feels JUST right… The lobby of Grand Rapids Chair Company.   Here’s something you don’t think about when you are getting ready to enter treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) – the chairs. But it should be on your priority list. With 6 to 8 hours of rigorous programming per day, there […]

Looking Forward to 2019! With the Best Of Excursions 2018…

  We are grateful to all the contributing writers, who graced Excursions in 2018.  And in a fleeting, online world the following three articles stood the test of time. With titles, authors and topics that continue to be searched and read over and over.   The Best of Excursions  Our goal is to bring a […]

Sober New Year’s Parties and Resolutions? Not a Fan…

  I am not a fan of New Year’s Eve parties and nights out. I find all that hugging and Happy New Year chanting a bit much and incredibly uncomfortable. In my active drinking days, I would rarely remember midnight as I almost always blacked-out – either awake or asleep.   What I do love […]

Spend the Holidays in Rehab? I’ll Think About That Tomorrow…

Remember when Scarlett O’Hara said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow”? She was putting aside a difficult decision for a more “convenient” time. That’s the problem with procrastinating about something painful – like addressing a substance use disorder (SUD). There is never a good time, but there’s always a “good” excuse.   No excuses to put […]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Recovery)?

The holidays present a whole slew of stressors, including financial pressure, over-commitment and the expectations of hosting a “perfect” event. For individuals new to recovery, the holidays may also present a surplus of triggers. Celebration of any kind, be it a birthday, promotion, or end of the week meet-up, often includes alcohol. (We’re reminded of […]

Dear Rae: Is My 15-Year Old Using Alcohol & Drugs?

Dear Rae: My teenage son has begun to worry my husband and me. He is sullen and non-communicative – which is very new behavior in our house. We are a close family and he is our only child. In the past, John was open about school, friends and outside activities. But recently, he has been […]