mental health awareness month

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 […]

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, […]

Recovery Processing Group – Checkups for Long-Term Sobriety!

  Recovery Processing Group is available for our clients who have achieved 6 months of sobriety or more. As we stay sober longer our needs change. Gone are the days of having to learn and hone our coping skills. By the late months of the first year, we have learned many of the skills that […]

Signs of Depression and How to Cope

Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. American Psychological Association    Signs of Depression Depression […]

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Milestones, Legends & Michigan Summer – Best of Excursions

  Michiganders feel a hint of melancholy during the Labor Day holiday each year. This is the time we dry dock the boats, close up cabins, and buy back-to-school supplies. It is also the last big blowout of the summer and picnics, waterskiing, tubing, hiking and camping excursions abound.   Milestones, Legends and Summer… But […]

Remembering Early Recovery in an Empty House

  I had what will probably be a once in a lifetime experience this summer. Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women in Grand Rapids, Michigan was closed for a short time for restoration. This is something that happens rarely in the 24/7 world of residential addiction treatment. The 170-year-old floors were restored, and everything […]

Happiness in Recovery – Reset Your Day!

  I’ve been feeling down lately. I won’t burden you with the details. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with feeling down. Happiness is not a prerequisite of recovery for my clients. Personally, I practice coping skills to move through the rough patches: physical exercise, following a routine, and asking for help. I’m also fortunate to […]

Why Do I Need a Recovery Tool Kit?

  At the start of my recovery, years of people pleasing had dulled down who I really was. I developed an ability to respond to any situation in the way I thought I should rather than the way I actually felt. On top of that, years of drinking dulled the pain of living a life […]

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