Establishing Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

  As the Family Program facilitator at Sanford Behavioral Health, I spend a lot of time helping loved ones with establishing boundaries. In this article we will look at how to establish healthy boundaries in family recovery. Establishing boundaries is essential to becoming effective in working with a loved one with a substance use disorder […]

Can Exercise and Healthy Eating Go Too Far?

  Today on the podcast we talk to Sanford Behavioral Health’s  Gail Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S about orthorexia and other eating disorders. Gail, who has been treating eating disorders for over 30 years, says exercise and healthy eating can present a problem when the individual becomes obsessed with eating clean. Also, the compulsion to exercise […]

Soul Hunger, Eating Disorders and a Historic ED Treatment Center

  Residential Eating Disorders Multidisciplinary Team On the Anatomy of Addiction Podcast, I had the opportunity to interview two members of the residential eating disorder team. Dr. Anna Flores and Erin Carrigan, MA, LLPC, LPCC, are both transplants to Michigan. They moved here to help build the residential eating disorder treatment center at Sanford. Sanford […]

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Stigma Busting! Education is Key in Family Recovery

  In December of 2021, Sanford Founder, Rae Green and I delivered a presentation to Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics (WFAN). One element of that presentation was a discussion related to relapse. We introduced the concept of calling it a recurrence instead of relapse as part of our section on stigma busting addiction and co-occurring disorders […]

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Michigan’s First Standalone Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center!

  Thank you to, Alana Holland, and WZZM 13 for the informed reporting on Sanford Behavioral Health’s newest facility. Located just 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (SCTED) opens its in-patient treatment center in April 2022. At long last, it is the first standalone residential treatment center for […]

Congratulations Gail Hall – 2021 Eating Disorder Advocacy Award KHF

  Congratulations to Gail Hall for being honored by the Kirsten Haglund Foundation (KHF) with their 2021 Advocacy Award! The #findingfreedom fundraiser raised funds for lifesaving eating disorder treatment scholarships and launched the foundation’s virtual transitional living program. Community, advocacy and love were apparent at an in-person gathering and zoom event in Troy, Michigan last […]

Self-Care and Support: The Family Recovery Plan

  In our last article we looked at the Dynamics Impacting Families in Early Recovery. In this article, and the next one, we will look at what these dynamics mean to your own recovery plan. We will address the family’s “stages of change” and focus on the “preparation” and “action” stages.    Self-Care and Support […]

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Understanding Addiction Relapse – A Family Guide

  For family recovery to become a reality, each member of the household must have an accurate perspective on addiction relapse and their own recovery plan.  Any situation that stimulates old addictive pathways can lead to relapse in the person with addictive disease. Likewise, to members of their family! The most important thing is what […]

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Anatomy of Addiction Podcast – What is Recovery?

  “Recovery” is a word we hear a lot in the mental health field. Recovery is what all those with mental health and substance use disorders strive for. But what is recovery? And how has the definition of recovery changed over the years?   What is Recovery? Recovery is a process of change through which […]

New Year’s Resolutions? Think Resiliency in 2021!

  Welcome to 2021! I wish to start the year off with some resiliency focused thoughts: You are only in control of yourself.  You do not and cannot control any other person or situation. Only you are responsible for your beliefs, emotions, and actions.    Resiliency in the New Year Being in control of yourself […]