What’s the Connection of ADHD and Substance Use?
Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to use substances as a way to cope with their symptoms, such as impulsivity and hyperactivity. There is also some evidence that ADHD medications may reduce the risk of developing problematic substance use behaviors, making ADHD treatment a critical part of preventing or managing substance use in […]
The Effects of Alcohol on the Whole Body
Whenever I think of the ill effects of alcohol and drugs on the body, I think of the 1980s Partnership for a Drug-Free America campaign with the egg. This is your brain (hold up a pristine egg). This is drugs (grease bubbling in a frying pan). And this is your brain on drugs (crack […]
Addressing Workplace Mental Health
A recent U.S. Surgeon General’s Report cites Five Essentials as “engines of well-being” in the workplace. The essentials to workplace mental health are a guideline for creating a healthy work environment. The framework for workplace mental health contains the following essentials: 1. Protection from Harm – safety and security 2. Connection and Community – […]
Ask Rae: How to Choose an Addiction Treatment Center?
Dear Rae: My wife’s addiction and mental health issues have gotten out of hand. It is impacting our quality of life, and our children’s lives. But I am overwhelmed by the options for treatment. How do I find the best addiction treatment center for her? And how do I know what she needs? Also, we […]
Expanding Outpatient Services – Meeting Community Needs
With growth comes change, and at Sanford Behavioral Health we have experienced quiet, steady growth since 2015 by listening to the needs of the community we serve. In fact, we are ready for change with flexible physical spaces and expanding outpatient and telehealth programs for eating disorder (ED), substance use disorder (SUD), and mental […]
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 […]
Red Wine a Day Keeps Heart Disease Away? A New Study Debunks the Adage
A new study debunks the concept that drinking modestly protects the heart. Instead, its conclusion is that there is no level of drinking that does not present heart disease risk. The risk is minimal if people consume an average of seven drinks per week (as compared to abstaining). But the risk rises dramatically as […]
Prevalence of Alcohol Use Disorders Before/After Bariatric Surgery
There are times on the road to wellness, when the only thing one can say is, “No fair.” I remember thinking no fair when six months sober, a long dormant eating disorder popped up like the head of a Hydra. Just when I had my alcohol use disorder (AUD) licked, another trial presented itself. And at […]
New Detox Center Fills Gaps in Addiction Treatment in Michigan
Filled with light, original artwork, and similar to other Sanford Behavioral Health properties in the Greater Grand Rapids area, Sanford Detox Center is a beautiful space in which to heal. Here comfort is key, as sub-acute detox is the process of safely ridding the body of alcohol/drugs and managing the resultant withdrawal symptoms. […]
New Website Launch for Sanford Behavioral Health!
It’s time for a celebration; we have launched our new website! Sanford Behavioral Health (formerly Sanford House) in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan has grown since its inception in 2015. And with myriad new programs and the opening of Sanford West Behavioral Health Campus, we were straining the capabilities of the old website. Six months’ […]