Alcohol – Still the “King” of Addiction

  I’ve spent a lot of time looking at alcohol advertisements lately. Which is perhaps an odd thing for someone in recovery to do. After all, glamour shots of sweating wine glasses and the implied comradery of women toasting with Skinny Girl Chardonnay certainly influenced me in the past. But as an ex-imbiber and marketing […]

Report Shows Insurance Coverage “Falling Short” for Addiction

  This week the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury issued their biennium 2022 Report to Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). The MHPAEA is a federal law that requires insurance coverage for mental health conditions/substance use disorders (SUD) to be no more restrictive […]

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 […]

human connection friends touching

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, […]

Announcing Blue Care Network! Sanford Now In-Network with BCN

  Sanford Behavioral Health is proud to announce that we are now in-network with Blue Care Network of Michigan (BCN) for addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment. Blue Care Network of Michigan, is a nonprofit health maintenance organization, owned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Founded in 1998 BCN has more than 840,000 members And […]

Coping Strategies for Substance Use Surge – WoodTV8 Interview

  Thank you to WoodTV8 and, Donovan Long, for shining a positive light on substance use treatment during the pandemic. Donovan interviewed Sanford founder, Rae Green, and staff members in recovery, Shelby Kendrick and Ellen Long, in front of one of the Sanford residential facilities this week. Sanford is a residential and outpatient addiction treatment […]

WGVU Morning Show – Therapy Dogs in Addiction Treatment

Sanford Director of HR and New Initiatives, Jacqueline Green Campbell, might not seem like the right person to interview about therapy dogs. But, her life before Sanford included years as a veterinary technician. And recently, when Sanford’s beloved therapy dog and pet, Santino, passed away, Jacq wrote the eulogy. Her letter about Santino’s life garnered […]

Oregon Decriminalizes Drug Possession – WZZM13 Interview

  Thanks to Alana Holland and WZZM13 News for their informed interview with Sanford Founder, Rae Green regarding Oregon’s Measure 110. After Tuesday’s election, Oregon will be the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize drug possession. Oregon Measure 110, Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative (2020), will make personal non-commercial possession of a controlled […]

Art Therapy for Women – Limelight Interview

Art therapy for women (and men) has always been a part of Sanford programming. And according to Art Therapist Jess Kimmel, the first thing she says to a group is, “show me”. Of course, when she asks someone to “show” her something, she’s actually asking them to show themselves.   Sanford embraces art therapy as […]

Addicted Michigan: COVID-19 Impact Rae Green Interview

Alexis Berdine has done some excellent reporting on Addicted Michigan for WWMT Channel 3 News. And recently, she talked to Sanford Founder, Rae Green, about the COVID-19 impact on addiction treatment. Also prompting this interview, was the increase in requests for help with substance use disorders (SUDs) recently. Green says that job loss, uncertainty, financial […]