Christine Walkons, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS-M
Clinical Director Emeritus
Christine Walkons has been working in the addiction treatment field for over twenty-five years. She embraces a welcoming approach that eliminates barriers to treatment. As Clinical Director Emeritus, Christine encourages partnerships between clients and staff, as this results in individualized, person-centered recovery management.
Prior to her founding position at Sanford, Christine served as the Executive Director for Our Hope, Grand Rapids. She was also integral to the development of their inpatient and intensive outpatient programs. In addition, Christine represented the Board of Counseling on the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Committee (MHPRC) for six years. And she is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In that role she monitors the standards of Sanford as well as behavioral health organizations nationwide.
Christine says that her years working as a therapist have taught her that everyone has a story, and that all stories are sacred. Of this she says, “Clients come in and share stories that they perceive are shameful, but fail to see their innate strengths. They must overcome barriers of hiding to reveal truths to themselves and others. They can find relief, joy and purpose as they begin new journeys of self disclosure.”
I sometimes say, “If you do not go within, you go without.”
Christine has a home in Elberta, Michigan among the scenic dunes of Lake Michigan. She divides her time between Grand Rapids and her small northern village. At home she can be found walking on the beach or tending to her many fruit trees, vegetables and flower gardens.
Christine says, “I am in awe of the courage of every person who comes through the doors of our treatment centers. And I know that our clients must feel safe in order to heal. The richness of the Sanford environment and community promotes the highest level of trust and assurance for individuals to recover.”