Substance addiction is often described as a family condition. Each member of the family unit is affected by addiction within the family and often family members do not realize how profoundly they have been affected. To survive within a framework of chaos, family members often develop roles and defense mechanisms that help them to cope. Family members affected by substance addiction often have challenges in supporting each other and taking care of their own health and well-being. Family involvement is an important element of the recovery process for people with addiction, and family members themselves can recover from the effects of having person with addiction in the family, whether the person with addiction recovers or not. This program will provide participants with a basic understanding of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe the roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family.
Roxann Mudry, LLMSW is a Lead Therapist at Dawn Farm within Community Corrections and Washtenaw County Jail, where she performs assessments, facilitates various substance abuse groups, and provides discharge planning. She has also created and facilitates Dawn Farm’s “Strong Roots” Support Group for Parents in Recovery, and oversees case management and transitional housing services for recovering parents and their children. Roxann graduated from Eastern Michigan University Master Social Work Program in 2016 with a concentration in Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency. She has been employed with Dawn Farm since April 2012. Her previous experience includes work for Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she worked for several years as a Legal Assistant and Investigator, providing legal support and advocacy for underserved and impoverished populations.
Katie Gordon, LMSW is a therapist at Dawn Farm Outpatient Services. She graduated from University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2007. She has worked for Families First, an intensive in-home program, as a clinical therapist in the Downriver area and also in the Behavioral Health program at Catholic Social Services. She has been employed with Dawn Farm since April 2013. In addition to working with clients at the outpatient office, Katie facilitates the Dawn Farm Family Matters education and support group on Wednesdays at Zion Lutheran Church. Her areas of expertise include trauma, attachment and working with families.