The Power of Words in Recovery – The Best of Excursions Magazine


We are all seeking pleasure in our lives. Especially those new to recovery. After a long stretch of misery cloaked in the “reward” of an addictive substance, folks who have quit their drug of choice are looking for the real deal.


Listening to Our Readers…

Many of our Excursions articles stand the test of time. And even in the fleeting world of online information, we see that some topics are universal. These universal topics are read over and over, and serve as educational guides and comfort to those in early recovery and beyond.


Words have power. The correct words will ease a family member’s mind when they ask, “Why did you choose alcohol/drugs over me?” A viral post might encourage someone to accept their drug/alcohol misuse and get the help they need. And an experiential article from someone who has lived through early recovery or a family member’s recovery makes the reader feel less alone….


Here are three of the “most read” articles and the Best of Excursions:

Therapist, heal thyself…



Codependency – Why the Children of Alcoholics Try to Make it All Better

By: Jess Kimmel,

 I love self-help books.   It’s embarrassing… but I’m, like, drawn to them. It may be the natural counselor in me. I’ve read: French Women Don’t Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love; Succulent, Wild Women: Dancing with Your Wonder-Full Self; Radical Self-Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dreams; and my most recent late [read more…]


Recovery on other side of the world…




What Things Do you Enjoy Instead of Drinking?

Someone asked me this question the other day. It’s a good one given alcohol used to fill a lot of my days. Like, a lot.   Let’s think it through. I would start drinking at 5pm on the dot and usually fell into bed at around 10pm … so that makes at least 5 [read more…]


In recovery, good things happen inside and out!




Better Than Botox – Sobriety Makes You Prettier!

The other day I was having a phone conversation with Rae and Lynnel at Sanford House about what I was going to be doing in my group session and when we finished I said, “Okay, sounds good. Bye girls.” I am old enough to actually remember the early days of the “Women’s Lib” movement, [read more…]





Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.