Maintaining Recovery Over the Holiday Season

 by Heather Wiszczur, LMSW, CAADC The holidays are a stressful time for everyone, but they can be especially challenging for someone in recovery. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a strong recovery program through the holiday season.Maintain Your FoundationDuring busy and stressful... read more

Our Hope Annual Meeting Open to the Community

Our Hope AssociationCordially invites you to attend ourANNUAL MEETING Tuesday November 15, 20114:30 p.m. Women’s City Club254 East Fulton Please join us and meet our new Executive Director, Carolyn Avery. We encourage you to bring along a friend and introduce them to Our Hope!... read more

The Women of Our Hope Celebrate Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month and the women of Our Hope have had a great time this month participating in events to raise awareness about recovery. Michigan Celebrate Recovery Walk & RallyOn Tuesday, September 13, Our Hope clients and staff members took a bus trip to Lansing and... read more

Heather Wiszczur Selected as Finalist for Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Heather Wiszczur, one of Our Hope's excellent Clinical Therapists, who has been selected by the YNPN Board as one of five Finalists out of a pool of eighty nominations for the 2011 Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year (  The winner... read more

Exciting Changes in the Acupuncture Detoxification Program at Our Hope

In an effort to increase accessibility to Women's Acupuncture Detoxification Therapy (Acudetox), we are changing to an appointment-based system for Acudetox treatments. This means we will no longer be holding Women's Acudetox Clinics at Our Hope. Instead, we will be offering individual and group... read more

Supporting a Woman in Substance Abuse Treatment

 by Heather Wiszczur, LLMSW, CAADC When a woman enters treatment for addiction, the people in her life often want to be supportive, but may not know exactly how to do that. Here are some tips. Ask what you can do and be open to feedback.Every woman is different, so if you want to be... read more

Carolyn J. Avery Named Our Hope Association Executive Director

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Carolyn Avery has accepted the position of Executive Director of Our Hope Association as of August 1, 2011, replacing Christine Walkons who retired after 14 years of dedicated service.  Ms. Avery has extensive experience in mental health care,... read more

Grand Rapids treatment center remembers Betty Ford

Our Hope was contacted by WZZM 13 to reflect on Betty Ford's impact on addiction and recovery. Read the article here.

Building a Strong Sober Support Network for Recovery

Heather Wiszczur, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS* Creating and utilizing a strong sober support network is essential to entering and maintaining recovery. As with any chronic disease, research demonstrates that people heal better when they have strong systems of social support. However, many women in... read more

Residential Treatment- Making the Decision

by Heather Wiszczur, LLMSW, CAADC, ADS The decision to come to residential treatment is never an easy one. It can seem like a big commitment on top of an already big commitment to enter recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. You may think that it just cannot work for you or... read more
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