The Gift of a Clinical Internship at Our Hope

My name is Breeyn Maxwell and I am a Master's candidate studying Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University.  As part of my degree, I am required to complete a Clinical internship at a site of my choosing.Why I chose Our HopeOne of my professors mentioned Our Hope as a possibility... read more

Presenting an even more dignified place to do the difficult work of recovery

It is with much gratitude that we unveil Our Hope's newly remodeled, beautifully serene Living and Dining Rooms, providing even more dignified spaces for the women we serve and their families to gather, relax and reflect on their own transformations.  Board member and Properties Committee... read more

When a woman a you care about enters alcoholism/addiction treatment

By Heather Wiszczur, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS*When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, he or she often becomes the primary focus of attention in their family and social network.  However, substance abuse affects everyone in the addicted person's life,  remaining true when someone... read more

Do you think you might have a substance use problem?

We're so glad you found Our Hope!  If you think you might be one of the more than 23 million people in the U.S. suffering from problems related to substance abuse, we encourage you to click here to read this article, "Do I have a drinking problem?" by D. Ryan Hooper, Ph. D.... read more

Women Specialty Services

 What makes a Women’s Specialty Program? Women's Specialty Services are intended to treat women who have a substance use disorder as other high risk needs.  Women seeking treatment who fall into the more urgent need category are given priority treatment. What qualifies someone as a... read more

Our Hope's Healing Garden Progress

Many thanks to Board member Marcella Scott and her crew of 3 last Saturday for making great progress toward transforming the flat ( and, yes, ugly!) back yard full of dirt into a healing space for the women we serve to enjoy. We'd also like to thank the generous donors for their gifts of plants and... read more

"Is it Alcoholism? How Can You Tell?" by Lisa Frederiksen

We found this excellent article with two brief embedded videos on -- it might help you figure out if you or a woman you care about is suffering from alcohol abuse or the brain disease of alcoholism.  We encourage you to take a few minutes to view this important piece... read more

Women's Response to Alcohol Suggests Need for Gender-Specific Treatment Programs

Women's Response to Alcohol Suggests Need for Gender-Specific Treatment Programs New research by Scientific American suggests evidence supporting women-centered treatment programs for alcohol-dependent women. The study finds physical consequences of alcoholism appear faster and are... read more

Recovery Palooza

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. ... read more

The Link Between Stress and Alcohol

Stress is often a factor that prompts the use of drugs and/or alcohol. However, stress can also play a significant role in the process of recovery. Stressors produce the hormone Cortisol which, in turn, can activate cravings. At times of high stress, people in early recovery may experience... read more
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