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June 2015

Dawn Farm Education Series: It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety

June 30, 2015 @ 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 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Presentation 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Book signing opportunity following the presentation. Addiction to alcohol/other drugs is often described as a “family disease,” but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation, which surely contributes to the ubiquitous nature of relapse. Structured Family Recovery™ starts with a family and ends with a family recovery team. It unlocks the secrets of lasting sobriety––those used to keep addicted doctors sober––and makes…

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September 2015

Opiates and Medicine: Where Are We, America? – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Non-medical use of opiates has been called an “epidemic” by CDC Director Thomas Frieden and “an urgent public health crisis” by former US Attorney General Holder. Local and national leaders and media headlines echo and highlight this concern. How did we get this way? What drives this “epidemic?” This presentation will be a historically based look at the medical use of opiates, especially in American society. It will focus on the development and use of narcotic medications against the background…

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Chemical Dependency and the Family – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 29, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Chemical dependency is often described as a family disease. This program will provide an overview 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. Distance CE: If you are unable to attend and want MCBAP…

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October 2015

Navigating Grace: Sustaining Recovery Through Grief and Loss

October 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Presentation Time from 7:30pm to 9pm Book signing after presentation Reception Time from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Twelve Step recovery programs address the individual’s spirituality and refer to a “Power greater than oneself” and “God as we understand God” as a source of personal change and support. Participants in Twelve Step recovery programs find their spiritual connection helps them to sustain recovery when challenged with difficult situations. This presentation by best-selling author and clinician Jeff Jay is based on his new…

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January 2016

Video Premiere – Memo to self: Protecting sobriety with the science of safety

January 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Dr. Kevin McCauley will introduce and show his new video, Memo to self: Protecting sobriety with science and safety. Following the video, we will host a Q & A session. About Dr. McCauley Dr. Kevin McCauley is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After completion of medical school, he joined the Navy and became a Naval Flight Surgeon. After earning his wings at Pensacola, Florida he was assigned to a Marine helicopter squadron (The Red Lions). Later he…

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Telling Our Stories: Narratives for Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous-Dawn Farm Education Series

January 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Storytelling has always been an important part of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  We examined 24 new personal stories in the 4th edition of the Big Book, and found that these accounts shared certain elements and structures.  Here we propose a model to help us better understand and appreciate these transformative narratives. Handouts Dr. Strobbe's slides Video https://vimeo.com/167181421 Audio  Telling Our Stories Audio Related reading Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories, Relatedness, Attendance and Affiliation by Stephen Strobbe {a dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment…

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April 2016

Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction-Dawn Farm Education Series

April 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spirituality often plays an important role in recovery initiation, recovery maintenance, and quality of life in recovery from chemical dependency. This program will describe a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program. Handouts:  Christian Spirituality Handouts April 2016 Related reading Suggestions: Serenity: A Companion for 12 Step Recovery by Robert Hemfelt Spirituality and Addiction Recovery: An Interview with Ernie Kurtz,…

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May 2016

The Recovering Body

May 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Most discussions of abstinent addiction recovery focus strictly on developing spiritual approaches to life’s problems and challenges. But, this virtually ignores the experience of the body. The facts are that the body undergoes serious changes and damage during active addiction, and many recovering people wind up frightened that they have wrecked their neurology permanently. Full recovery asks us to change the ways we relate to our bodies, beginning with the discipline of resisting the mind’s obsession about external “solutions” and…

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September 2016

Positive Emotions and the Success of Alcoholics Anonymous – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 20, 2016 @ 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 A 60-year study of adult development performed at Harvard University yielded fascinating information about alcohol use disorders and recovery. This presentation by the study director will present evidence based, prospective longitudinal research on why Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is the treatment of choice to achieve abstinence from alcohol lasting more than two years. The presentation will suggest the mechanisms by which A.A. achieves these goals. Dr. Vaillant will describe factors that have been…

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Addiction 101 – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 27, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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This program will provide a general overview of alcohol/other drug addiction and recovery. The presenter will examine the progression of alcohol/other drug use, review addiction as a brain disease and discuss the process of recovery. Participants will learn how individuals experience initial and continuing alcohol and other drug use and gain a basic understanding of the process and diagnosis of addiction, how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and methods utilized to help people with alcohol/other…

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