Does Virtual Treatment for Mental Health Conditions Work?

  Recently, Sanford Behavioral Health opened its virtual intensive outpatient program for primary mental health conditions. This means individuals with anxiety and depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental health conditions learn coping skills in the privacy of home. Programs are trauma-focused, and we utilize the primary therapeutic intervention for these […]

How Do I Talk To My Partner About Their Drinking?

  One of the questions I get as an addiction counselor with an advice column (Ask Rae) is, “How do I talk to my partner about their drinking?” In fact, some of Sanford Behavioral Health’s most viral articles are about the subject of alcohol ruining relationships. When someone in the household is misusing alcohol, it […]

Do Men and Women Crave Alcohol Differently?

  There has long been a complicated relationship between alcohol drinking and stress. On the one hand, alcohol has anxiety-reducing properties and can actually relieve stress. However, alcohol also acts as a stressor, activating the sympathetic (stress response) nervous system. Stress is also associated with poor outcomes or relapse for those in treatment and recovery, […]

Best of Excursions – Plan and Enjoy a Sober Vacation

If you’re in recovery, the thought of planning and enjoying a vacation without alcohol might seem intimidating. However, with a little planning, you can ensure that your trip is enjoyable and safe. In fact, getaways are geared toward the sober traveler. You will be early to bed, early to rise, clear-headed, and energetic for all […]

5 Summertime Tips for Long-Term Recovery

Like the line from Coleridge’s poem, water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, summer feels like alcohol, alcohol everywhere. It seems unfair to those in long-term recovery, but summer vacation and boating equal drinking and partying for many. Additionally, Michigan summer fun is fleeting, so there is a sense of urgency. Many of the […]

The Health Benefits of a Michigan Summer

In Michigan, Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the beginning of summer and the end of a tough winter and often disappointingly dreary spring. Docks are fully installed, boats are out of dry dock, and winter coats are confidently stowed in closets. Summer is cherished here because we know it is fleeting – a time to grab […]

Dear Rae, Now That I’m Sober, Can I Get a Puppy?

Dear Rae, After many years of starting and stopping drinking alcohol, I have been sober for six months! I am thinking about getting a puppy to celebrate. Do you have any advice as to whether that is a good idea or not? SJV Dear SJV: Congratulations on six months of sobriety; that is a benchmark […]

Talking About Food with Your Child – Dr. Anna Flores

Notes from Dr, Anna Flores’s presentation “Talking About Food with Your Child” Language matters. Children are wildly impressionable and there is a strong connection between what we say about food, how we eat, and how we feed ourselves as adults, and what the young people around us are going to say about food, how they […]

The Role of Hospitality in Rehab – Limelight Interview

  At Sanford Behavioral Health, we regularly ask our staff members what we do well. At the top of the list are always statements like, “We make a difference in our client’s lives” or “Empowering clients with client-centered care.” Words like “dignity,” “safety,” and “comfort” come up a lot. In short, we are proud of […]

What is the Most Common Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 2.8 million people. It is more prevalent in women than men, with 1 in 5 women experiencing […]