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March 2017

Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery-Dawn Farm Education Series

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Recent research confirms the efficacy of mindfulness practices to support attaining and sustaining recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will provide an overview of theory and research supporting mindfulness practices for people with addiction as well as practical techniques to cultivate mindfulness and apply mindfulness practices. The presentation defines mindfulness, reviews the evidence of the positive effects of mindfulness on recovery and demonstrates some basic mindfulness techniques.     Distance CE: If you are unable to attend and want…

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April 2017

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery– Dawn Farm Education Series

April 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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  Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. This program will explain various theories of grief and grief recovery, describe losses that chemically dependent individuals and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and discuss how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss. The presentation will include a…

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Emerging from the Darkness: the End of the Drug War and the Rise of Recovery

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Reception at 6:30 pm. Presentation 7:30 pm. Flier Not only have the ships for which we have waited for so long appeared on the horizon, some of them have now come into port. Parity. Treatment on demand. Stigma reduction. These once seemingly impossible dreams are today a reality. The White House creates an "Office of Recovery" and speaks openly about a "Third Way" for new policy. States legalize cannabis for - not medical - but recreational use, and create a…

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The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction

April 21 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Reception at 11:30 am. Presentation 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Question/Answer time 2:00 - 2:30 pm Flier LOCATION:  University of Michigan Rackham Amphitheatre, 4th  floor, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Reception in the University of Michigan Rackham Assembly floor, 4th floor. Please see flier (to be posted soon). This event is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, and the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and the University of Michigan Students for Recovery . The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding…

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Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Twelve Step recovery programs challenge participants through the Eleventh Step to “seek through prayer and meditation to improve their conscious contact with God as they understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.” The literature points out that recovering people have "tread innumerable paths" in this process.  This presentation will encourage participants to clarify their personal understanding of a Higher Power, examine the quality of their relationship with that Power, and explore…

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May 2017

Does Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Recent publications claim to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. Feel confused? Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues. Handouts: Does Treatment Work? Slides 03-15-2016 Related reading suggestions: Link to a list of useful…

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Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Despite downward trends in the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population, tobacco use remains a significant problem among people with alcohol/other drug addiction. Research has demonstrated that tobacco cessation has positive effects on recovery and relapse rates, and a smoke-free policy does not adversely affect treatment retention. This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, and information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted…

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Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Co-Occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis, is the term used to describe having both a substance use disorder and a mental health or medical illness; the symptoms of one influence the symptoms and treatment of the other.  Diagnosing and treating these disorders can be challenging, as the two are often so entwined that they are difficult to separate.  People with dual diagnosis issues often use substances to self-medicate to treat the symptoms of their medical or mental health issues,…

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