Recommended Reading 2022 – Dr. Flores’s Library

  One of the joys of a Michigan autumn (after shuffling through leaves and looking at color) is to settle in with a lap blanket and a good book. For those in recovery, reading can be a distraction, an escape, and even a stress and anxiety reliever. Reading a good book about another person’s experience […]

Admissions to Mental Health Treatment: Limelight Interview

One of the most daunting parts of entering mental health treatment is picking up the phone to ask for help. Often, when people call, they are overwhelmed, contacting us on what might be a very bad day. But every person who calls Sanford Behavioral Health will know they are no longer alone. The Admissions team […]

Do Alcohol Delivery Apps Feed Isolation & Addiction?

  For someone in recovery from an alcohol use disorder, there are a few simple tenets. Be careful of the people, places, and things that might cause emotional triggers. Take things one day at a time. And the one that has become a sticky wicket in the past three years: do not isolate. Isolation and alcohol […]

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Parenting & Eating Disorders – Body Positivity at Home

  Research has shown that children and youth who diet are much more likely to develop eating disorders. In fact, the earlier that dieting begins, the more likely a significant eating disorder can occur. Body positivity begins at home and there are many ways for parents to help children develop body positivity naturally.   It […]

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6 Ways a Michigan Summer Improves Mental Health and Recovery

  Michigan summer… It’s Memorial Day weekend and it finally feels like Michigan summertime has begun. After what we’ve gone through the past couple of years, summer has a special meaning; it feels hopeful and restorative. Green is the color or life, nature, renewal and energy. The color green is also associated with fertility, growth […]

Family Addiction Education – It Takes a Lifetime!

  We ended our last article with a comment on learning. We said, “The more you learn, the more you want to know and understand.”  That’s a great lead into our next element of discussion for your recovery plan – family education.  The requirements for family recovery all go together. They include EDUCATION, SUPPORT and […]

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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Nutrition for the Recovering Body and Mind – Limelight Interview

  Learning to prioritize healthy food is an important aspect of the treatment and recovery from a mental health disorder. So is rekindling the social aspects of eating, and at Sanford Behavioral Health we provide farm fresh options and a “family style” environment. Stimulating conversation and comradery occur around our dining tables.   Today we […]

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 […]

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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