United to Face Addiction: Michigan!

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On June 2, a thousand plus addiction recovery advocates gathered on the lawn of the state capital building in Lansing, Michigan. Sanford House was there. The rally, Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM), was established to alert lawmakers about the unique needs of the 23 million people in recovery in the United States, raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of addiction.


Umbrella organization, Faces and Voices of Recovery, says in its Mission Statement, “Faces and Voices of Recovery Is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.”


Unite to Face Addiction Michigan brought together people from all walks of the recovery world: treatment centers; Recovery Allies;  people in recovery; addiction professionals; law makers; and specialty groups (for example: Trails to Triumph from Crossing Over Ministry: a faith based biker group).


Speakers included Craig DeRoche, former Michigan Speaker of the House and person in long term recovery;  Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalksi, a Senior Advisor at the Stuntman Group and advocate on addiction, who encouraged the crowd to get out and “do something” in order to promote change; and rally organizer Scott Masi.

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Craig DeRoche telling his story on the Capital steps…


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Beautiful day for a rally…



Sanford House’s Alec Green with Craig DeRoche…



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On the grounds of the Capital…



UFAM founding member Scott Masi…



Judge Jodi Debbrecht, getting the crowd to chant, “Do Something!”




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.