Addiction is a topic that we as a society try to avoid talking about. It's hard, it can be ugly, and we don't have a perfect solution to help our friends, family and loved ones with their struggle with substance abuse of all kinds.

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The hope network announced this week that they would be closing in May. In a letter sent out to current patients, they said "It was not an easy decision to make... We will be available until May 20, 2022 for final appointments and urgent needs but urge you to schedule as early as possible."

And it may seem like hope may be lost for people in Michigan who are seeking help for their struggle, but thankfully we have other resources for those looking to seek help.

Sanford Behavioral Health

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Sanford Behavioral Health on Facebook
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The Sanford House Grand Rapids offers services ranging from addiction to eating disorders, and mental health conditions. They also offer Detox; Residential Treatment; Day Programs (PHP); Intensive Outpatient Care, and more. They have two locations in Grand Rapids to help serve the community better. If you would like to learn more or get an appointment, you can visit their website.

The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center

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The mission of the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center is to "provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves." They offer residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.

You can also support their mission by shopping at their store, which helps funds the programs that have helped many throughout West Michigan. Learn more about their programs on their website.

Recovery Road Homes

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This Grand Rapids non-profit helps people with their transition from recovery to everyday life. They have a "group of Sober Living Houses with five male houses & four female houses; offering a supportive environment that allows new beginnings for both men and women."

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Recovery Road on Facebook
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And According to a two year DePaul University study, published August 2005, led by Leonard A. Jason, PhD, Center for Community Research, individuals living in sober homes have a 65-87% recovery rate without relapse compared to 31% of individuals who went back to their community. If you want to learn more about their mission, you can visit their website.

NuPoint Services

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Nupoint's mission statement says they are a "wellness-conscious behavioral health treatment center. We use evidence-based curriculum to help people define the meaning of wellness as it pertains to behavioral health, explains the eight dimensions of wellness, and provides tips for self-improvement in each dimension." Their unique science based approach helps find and heal the root of addiciton, which tends to help with long term recovery moreso than just quitting cold turkey. If you'd like to learn more about the services they offer, you can visit their website and book an appointment.

If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction: you are not alone. There are a lot of resources throughout Michigan that can help you. My partner James and I help host a podcast about addiction and recovery in the music industry, which you can listen to below.

As someone who is 2 years alcohol free, I encourage you to reach out and find the help you deserve to be the best version of yourself. Send me an email at the link below if you need more resources or an ear.

Eight Michigan Men Whose Convictions Have Been Overturned Thanks to the Innocence Project

Since it was founded in 1992, the Innocence Project has worked to exonerate hundreds of people who have been erroneously convicted.

We're spotlighting five cases in which five Michigan residents were convicted and eventually released thanks in part to the Michigan Innocence Project.