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Life of Purpose and Michigan

Going to Life of Purpose and Coming Back to Michigan

As noted in the welcome sign above, Michigan is known for being the home of the Great Lakes, and as a place you go to have a good time. For some people, the good times get taken a little too far, and unhealthy behavior patterns emerge: drinking too much, too often, or using other substances. This often leads to problems in other areas of life—sleeping in instead of going to class or work, missing deadlines, making bad decisions while under the influence, hurting friends or loved ones, or getting into trouble for drinking. If you find yourself dealing with these problems and think you need treatment, you may want to consider an academically-focused treatment center that allows you to not just make progress in recovery, but also to make progress in life! Research shows that self-esteem, meaning and purpose in life, and level of education are important factors in achieving and sustaining long-term recovery. Put simply, school and recovery go hand-in-hand—when structured carefully.

Your recovery journey begins when you decide to do something to help yourself (like picking up the phone and calling us!), and at Life of Purpose, your academic journey is part of the treatment plan. We meet you wherever you are with your education—current college or grad student, multiple attempts at college, high school dropout, etc.—and go forward from there. Our academically-focused case managers work diligently with you while you’re in treatment to either keep you enrolled or get you enrolled, consolidate credits from multiple schools, wipe bad grades from transcripts, help you prep for college placement or entry exams, and even apply for college or grad school. They also connect you to Collegiate Recovery Programs on campus, so that you have additional support and the opportunity to connect with other sober students once back on campus.

We understand that academics are important, and work with college administrators, professors, deans, student wellness departments, and, if needed… disciplinary boards, probation officers, and lawyers to come up with the best possible solution to the problem, tailored just for you.

Destination Treatment

Why go away for treatment? It’s true… you can’t run away from your problems. But, when it comes to dealing with a substance use disorder, removing yourself or your loved one from their current environment might be a good idea. Why might this be, you ask? Well, that’s easy: Science! It turns out that changing your environment is one of the BEST ways to break a bad habit.

In a recent article published on Science Daily, Dr. Wendy Wood, a leading expert on how habits are formed (and broken), explains that when we repeatedly engage in a particular action or behavior in a specific environment, the mind creates associations between the two and simply being in the environment will trigger the association. Put simply, the people you drank or used drugs with, and the places you used in can trigger thoughts of drinking and using and increase cravings. Going away for treatment creates the perfect scenario for disrupting old patterns of behavior and allows for the creation of new, healthier habits. The truth is that it’s hard enough to just stay sober in the beginning… without the added stress of bumping into an old friend who still drinks, or being invited to a party—both of which could ultimately lead to another failed attempt at trying to remain abstinent. Not to mention that simply walking by the liquor store or bar you that you drank at on a day when you’re feeling a little less stable than usual could be a potential downfall. If you’ve decided to make a change in life, why not give yourself the best possible chance to succeed?”

Drug Overdoses in Michigan

“Drug overdose deaths increased 18 percent in Michigan from 2015 to 2016. There were 2,335 drug-related deaths statewide in 2016, compared with 1,981 in 2015, and most were related to opioids.” –The Detroit News, July 13, 2017. 

“Overdose deaths from opioids other than heroin jumped 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than tripled since 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”  MLive, July 14, 2017. 


More Information

Community Based Recovery Support Services in Michigan

Dawn Farm Education Series

The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family recovery and related issues, and dispel the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent people from getting help and getting well. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. The Education Series will be held annually from September through June. Programs take place at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center in Ypsilanti, MI.


 Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project

The Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP) is a Recovery Community Organization that seeks to save lives and to reduce the stigma surrounding Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Through education and advocacy on local, state, and federal levels, WRAP strives to:

  1. Create recovery-friendly communities.
  2. Increase the public’s understanding that SUD is a chronic health condition.
  3. Increase access to treatment for those with SUD.
  4. And change the face of addiction to one of recovery.

WRAP has multiple events throughout the year. Activities and events will be listed on the NEWS AND EVENTS page. There are ample opportunities to get involved, share your story to promote recovery and reduce stigma, and volunteer! For further details contact Ashton Marr at or 734-975-1602.

The University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP)

Southeast Michigan has a vibrant collegiate recovery community. The University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) was founded in 2012 and is part of Wolverine Wellness and U-M Student Life. The program provides both a student lounge and staff space for the recovering student community, along with reserved, private space for studying several nights a week. The University of Michigan CRP typically has about 25- 30 members who are in abstinence-based recovery, Students who wish to be part of CRP must meet with the Program Manager and sign a Commitment Agreement which entails commitment to recovery, adherence to a personalized recovery plan, regular service to campus, and attendance at weekly meetings. Case management is available for CRP students, and often mandatory for students in early recovery. Drop-in groups, team building activities, Student Organizational meetings and other recovery supportive programming is also available. Most students in CRP are also involved in the student organization, Students for Recovery (SFR), which meets every other week, year-round, and hosts events that are attended by hundreds of students and community members. SFR is open to all students—many students who are curious about recovery start by attending SFR meetings. Contact Matt Statman, CRP program director, for more information. Email: Phone: (734) 763-3933


The Eastern Michigan University Collegiate Recovery Program is currently in the process of being reestablished by several enthusiastic students. Students and interested stakeholders are working to get a program established at Washtenaw Community College soon! Stay tuned for more details and information as it becomes available.

Parent Support Groups in Michigan

Families Against Narcotics (FAN)

“Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community based program for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters. FAN seeks to change the face of addiction, dispel the stigma of addiction, and educate the community as well as those affected by addiction.”


Community Network Services (CNS)

A free Family Education and Support Group takes place monthly on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Topics and guests vary, and are based on the interests and needs of the group. This meeting is open to all and receiving services at CNS or prior registration is not required. For more information please contact Amy Stern at 248-409-4155 or

Other Resources

Onawa LaBelle - Life of Purpose Treatment

As the Midwest Regional Clinical Outreach Coordinator for Life of Purpose Treatment, Onawa is available to talk to you about personal transformation through recovery and education. If you have questions or would like more information about Life of Purpose or other local resources (i.e., detox, treatment, sober housing, 12-step or refuge recovery (Buddhist-based) meetings, family support groups and educational sessions) please contact her at, or directly at (413) 313-4706.

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