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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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What’s in a Name? Announcing Sanford Behavioral Health

  Rae and David Green established Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers (Sanford House) in 2015 with a ten bed women’s facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their mission was to elevate the effectiveness and availability of treatment for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. They also sought to provide science-based programs in a hospitable setting, restoring Grand […]

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 […]

Happiness in Recovery – Reset Your Day!

  I’ve been feeling down lately. I won’t burden you with the details. And sure, there’s nothing wrong with feeling down. Happiness is not a prerequisite of recovery for my clients. Personally, I practice coping skills to move through the rough patches: physical exercise, following a routine, and asking for help. I’m also fortunate to […]