Mindfulness, Manageable Stress & Addiction Treatment

When I started to gather information for my graduate degree research project, it was just starting to get colder in Michigan. We were inching toward the winter months, and my anxiety spiked with each grey day on the horizon. The stress that accompanies literature reviews and all-things-research in graduate school appeared to double each moment […]

Recovery Expectations vs Reality – I’m Sober, What Now?

  We have a nasty habit of glamorizing “getting well.” Our recovery expectations envision peak health… how our lives will look (perfect) and bodies will feel (also perfect)… The thoughts we’ll have and the ones we won’t. Sometimes, we use the idealized and far-off future to excuse our behavior. Once I’m clean, then I’ll tackle […]

Marriage & Family Therapy in Rehab – Limelight Interview

  Clinical Therapist, Lynnel Brewster has a lot of initials after her name. And with 24 years of experience, she has worked in hospital and home settings, residential addiction treatment centers and private practice. Lynnel is a  registered nurse and a licensed professional counselor.  She also has her limited license in marriage and family therapy, […]

The Restorative Health Benefits of a Michigan Summer

  Michigan summer… It’s finally Michigan summer. Last weekend I was mired in a rather “snakey” looking bog on the edge of Big Seven Lake. I could hear, but not see, the frogs with their burping, throaty chirps. There were tiny dragon-flies hovering over the water lilies and my inflatable kayak was listing to starboard. […]

Addiction is a Family Disease – The Best of Excursions Magazine

  At Sanford Addiction Treatent Centers, we believe family involvement is one of the most important components for a healthy, long-term recovery. Family members can be powerful allies in the recovery process. And while a person is in treatment, it is the perfect time to involve loved ones. Quite simply, addiction is a family disease. […]

WGVU News Interview: Founder Rae Green on Addiction in West Michigan

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers Founder Rae Green sat down with WGVU journalist Daniel Boothe. Daniel and Rae talk about the state of addiction in West Michigan and Kent County. They address: the opioid epidemic; the rise of drug and alcohol use in West Michigan since 2017; and the deemphasis of alcohol related deaths in the […]

Dear Rae: I Relapsed – How Do I Move Forward?

Dear Rae: I am (or was) a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober for three years. Yesterday, it was raining and gray and my husband was out of town on business. For some reason I went to the liquor store and bought a bottle of vodka. I didn’t really even think about it – it […]

WHO is Your Addiction Treatment Experience?

In the past two weeks I have spent more time than I would like in a hospital. In fact, any time spent in a hospital is too much for me. But I have an ailing mother and there is something so sad about a hospital inhabitant without a plethora of primrose toting visitors. So I […]

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.   […]