Working Hard at Recovery? Take Time Out to BELLY DANCE…

 

As a co-founder of Sanford House, and as an addiction counselor, I can attest that the women in our charge work hard for their recovery. Our clients at Sanford House participate in all manner of evidence based group therapy. They have rigorous individual sessions with their counselors. On any given day, they may plumb the inner-workings of their family systems and relationships, study brain chemistry, participate in art therapy and have an acupuncture session. They might listen to a lecture on relapse triggers, read an assignment and write in their journals. The women of Sanford House are busy and diligent. Committed to sobriety and a new life in recovery.

 

Downtime Excursions…

So when it comes to our philosophy about downtime and extra-curricular “excursions,” I get excited. Wellness Coach, Kathy Morrow, and I are always looking for interesting, town and country ideas to spark previous passions. Or to fire up a brand new activity our clients can experience in the safety of treatment. Often, one of our excursions will rekindle a yen for an activity a client “used to enjoy” or serve as an awakening. I love this, because sober, passionate involvement is one of the keys to successful, long term recovery.

 

Last week, Belly Dance Grand Rapids owner and instructor, Sarah Mayne offered the women of Sanford House a private, introductory class. She shared the history of Middle Eastern dance and her passion for the art form. We learned that the body is an instrument, expressive of the soundscape. And that belly dancing is rooted in spirituality. Sarah also taught us the basic techniques and we got to wear jangly scarves around our waists… I can attest to the fact that, spirituality aside, it is a good workout!

 

Kathy Morrow says, “Belly dancing was something I had heard about, but never experienced. I was surprised to learn that it really is about empowering women to understand their bodies. I loved seeing everyone just let go for an hour or so and be in the moment!”

 

Wellness Coach Kathy Morrow, Sarah Mayne and the author Rae Green…

 

An Inspiration to All Women…

I was inspired by Sarah’s personal journey. She left a high powered career as a financial planner to follow her dream. And she faced personal challenges as a single mother starting a business. But she says the dance school “brought her health, mental stability, joy and freedom.” Words to live by for all women, and especially for those struggling with addiction. New to recovery…

 

 

 

Rae Allyson Green (JD, MA, LPC, CAADC ) is the Founder & President of Sanford House. Her extensive experience working with women in residential treatment centers inspired her to seek a new approach to addiction treatment. In collaboration with her husband David, Rae founded Sanford House to serve as a beacon for recovery and to inspire those suffering with substance use disorders, to achieve richer and more fulfilling lives in long-term recovery.