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High-Risk Recovery Situations – What Should I DO?

The National Council of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines high-risk recovery situations as “those that threaten your recovery or trigger a strong craving to use substances.”  One of the easiest ways to identify risk is by categorizing situations as people, places, or things.   People, Places, or Things People may be those you have used with […]

What is the One Gift Your Family Will Not Return?

The Season of Hope and Family Recovery This is the season of hope, joy, and the giving of gifts to honor that hope and joy.  A season of this type applies to all people who practice traditions of their culture or faith. I am the Family Program for Addiction Treatment facilitator at Sanford Behavioral Health. […]

Introducing Michigan’s One-Stop Shop Behavioral Health Campus

  One-Stop Shop for Behavioral Health Scroll down to 2-minute video What does it mean when we say Sanford Behavioral Health is a one-stop shop? It means we treat the whole person. Our integrative programs treat addiction, eating disorders, and related mental health conditions at the same time. Sanford’s multi-disciplinary team of experts communicates minute […]

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Avoiding the Whack-a-Mole Eating Disorder Game

  I’ve never liked the carnival game whack-a-mole. Bashing heads with a cartoon hammer while an endless succession of new rodents appears. It is too stressful and unpredictable. But I could relate when a friend in recovery said they thought eating disorders, popping up during addiction treatment, reminded them of playing whack-a-mole. Because just when […]

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Behavioral Health Professional’s Day – Free CEUs

  Join us for a full day of presentations and networking at Sanford Behavioral Health’s Professional’s Day. Behavioral Health Professional’s Day is an in-person event in Midland, Michigan. Five experts will speak on topics such as the common characteristics central to eating and substance use disorders; suicide prevention; the PIES model; and recovery efforts at […]

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Men’s Alcohol Addiction – The Bad and Good News

  Let us begin with the bad news: statistically men are more likely to use every type of illegal and legal drug than women. When it comes to men’s  alcohol addiction, men drink more than women in every category. This includes binge drinking, overall consumption, and substance use disorders. According to a CDC Fact Sheet […]

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Tackling 10 Relapse Triggers in Addiction Recovery

  Addiction recovery presents challenges and obstacles, especially in the early days. In fact, anyone who is trying to make a significant life change may experience relapse triggers that arise unexpectedly. A trigger is an emotional, environmental, or social situation that evokes memories of past drug or alcohol use, threatening to weaken one’s resolve. Triggers […]

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Michigan Excursions – Nature Therapy in the Great Outdoors

  I work for Sanford Behavioral Health, and as the marketing director, I notice the organization’s communal language. Words have power and we are in the business of stigma busting, so we are mindful about our words when it comes to addiction, eating disorders, and mental health conditions. A few years ago, when we launched […]

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Steven Tyler Long-Term Recovery Relapse – Why Does it Happen?

  In a series of articles, we heard last week that rock band Aerosmith have cancelled the first two months of their Los Vegas residency. The reason cited is that front-man, Steven Tyler, checked himself into rehab after more than a decade of sobriety. The star is said to have relapsed after taking pain medication […]

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Addiction Treatment for Men – Privacy, Comfort, Healing

  Beds Available Now! Sanford House at John Street is a residential addiction treatment facility for adult men in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its massive stone walls and a river rock foundation exemplify strength; the home itself is a metaphor to the life-changing work taking place within its walls. Further, the bedrooms at John Street have […]

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