Hiking and Addiction Recovery – Nature’s Dynamic Duo

  September boasts both Michigan Trails Week and National Recovery Month. I could not let the month end without comment, because the combination of hiking and addiction recovery is brimming with mental health benefits! More than that, Michigan outdoors has been a lifesaver in my own recovery story. My glowing accounts of dune scaling and […]

What is Recovery Awareness?

  September is Recovery Awareness Month, and at Sanford Behavioral Health, recovery is a word we hear all the time. One of the tenets of our mission is to support and educate those who are in recovery, their families and communities, but what does recovery awareness mean? The dictionary defines recovery as a return to a […]

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Avoiding Clinician Burnout With Self-Care

  When I was a newly graduated counselor, over thirty years ago, I took my first job in an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center. I didn’t know about clinician burnout, but I remember my feelings of anxiety upon seeing my first clients. At the time, I wondered, “What treatment modality should I apply?” I […]

Alcohol-Free for One Month – Health Benefits

  We are winding down the 4th of July weekend with parties and firework displays and alcohol in every cooler. For those in recovery, weathering another holiday rife with temptation is par for the course. For those waking with another hangover or who just feel like they’ve over indulged, we’d like to offer a challenge. […]

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Michigan Excursions – Nature Therapy in the Great Outdoors

  I work for Sanford Behavioral Health, and as the marketing director, I notice the organization’s communal language. Words have power and we are in the business of stigma busting, so we are mindful about our words when it comes to addiction, eating disorders, and mental health conditions. A few years ago, when we launched […]

BEST Vacations in Recovery – Sober Summer Travel

  Every year at this time I think of those who are new to recovery. Summer vacation, a time to relax and enjoy life can be stressful to the newly sober traveler. In my drinking days vacation began with the first glass of wine on the plane. It often ended with bruised shins, battered relationships, […]

Mental Health Awareness Month – 7 Ways to Do Your Part

  As the Marketing Director for Sanford Behavioral Health, I am responsible for social media outreach. Likewise, I am responsible for answering questions or responding to engagement on our various social media profiles. It shocks me when I post something about a new initiative we are launching, and along with the likes and shares I […]

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How Workplace Culture Impacts Patient Outcomes and Staff Satisfaction

  A few weeks ago, I had a patient tell me that she was very nervous to come to treatment. She said that once she was here, she found the staff to be compassionate, professional, knowledgeable, and happy.  The word happy resonated with me, because as the Chief Operating Officer at Sanford Behavioral Health, I […]

The Importance of Human Connection. Pandemic’s Silver Lining?

  There is no argument – 2021 has been a tough year on our mental health. We have been challenged by the seemingly never-ending COVID pandemic. And in the behavioral health field the increase in overdoses, caused by multiple factors linked with the pandemic, resulted in more than 100,000 deaths.   Is Connection the Pandemic’s […]

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10 Common Excuses for Avoiding Addiction Treatment

  It’s the holidays. The time for pageants at church and school, office parties, and family responsibilities. As a person in recovery, I can remember this time of year while in active addiction. On top of the crushing TO DO list of everyday holiday tasks, there was the exhausting schedule of drinking, planning to drink, […]