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December 2015

Relapse Prevention – Dawn Farm Education Series

December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Addiction has been identified as an illness that requires long-term management. Relapse is a process that begins before alcohol/other drug use is resumed and is usually preceded by a pattern of progressive warning signs. Understanding the relapse process assists recovering people to develop an effective plan to identify and prevent relapse. This program will discuss the dynamics of relapse, signs that may forewarn of relapse, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and strategies to handle both everyday and high-risk…

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January 2016

The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction

January 19, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception at 6:30pm Presentation 7:30pm Please see Flier Neuroscience Addiction 2016 The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction (substance use disorders) but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This lecture will summarize the most current neuroscientific research about addiction – research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability…

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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: Handouts will be posted around the presentation date. Related reading suggestions: Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories, Relatedness, Attendance and Affiliation by Stephen Strobbe {a dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment…

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February 2016

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances-Dawn Farm Education Series

February 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The transition to a college environment can pose a significant risk to a recovering student and to students susceptible to alcohol/other drug problems. Many colleges and universities – including the University of Michigan – have developed programs to help recovering students maintain their recovery, excel academically and have a normative college experience apart from the culture of drinking/drug use. Collegiate Recovery Programs provide a supportive community where students in recovery can succeed academically while enjoying a genuine college experience, free…

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Suicide Prevention and Addiction-Dawn Farm Education Series

February 23, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There is an alarmingly high prevalence of suicide among people with addiction and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Family, friends and professionals are often strategically positioned to recognize potential suicidal thinking and intervene to help. This program will raise awareness of the signs of suicidal thinking and describe ways to offer support and obtain help for people who may be contemplating suicide. Participants will learn how to recognize suicidal thinking, reach out and offer…

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March 2016

Does Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

March 15, 2016 @ 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: Handouts will be posted around the presentation date. Related reading suggestions: Alcoholics Anonymous…

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The History of Narcotics Anonymous- Dawn Farm Education Series

March 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception at 6:30pm Presentation at 7:30pm Flier For History Of NA 2016 Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) constitutes one of the most important addiction recovery mutual aid resources.  Founded in the culturally hostile environment of the 1950s, NA now carries its message of hope at more than 63,000 weekly meetings in 132 countries, while NA’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “A.A. and other Twelve Step programs.”  This presentation will review the history of NA, with a…

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Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

March 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception at 6:30pm Presentation at 7:30pm Flier Intervention To Durable Recovery 2016 Addiction is often described as a “family disease” – but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation. Involved, supportive families play a critical role in the recovery process, from initiation through long-term recovery. Through extensive work in intervention and family recovery, Debra Jay has developed highly effective, detailed Intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ processes that unlock the secrets of lasting sobriety –…

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April 2016

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

April 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 personal…

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Dawn Farm 7th Annual Ride for Recovery

April 24, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dawn Farm – Ypsilanti,
6633 Stony Creek Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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The Ride for Recovery is a family-fun fitness event that will help to provide critical support to Dawn Farm by raising funds for our continuum of services to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery. The 7th Annual Ride for Recovery offers opportunities to participate at any fitness level, with four bike rides to choose from and a run/walk. The event will also include a Recovery Celebration lunch. Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016 Time: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm Location:  6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti,…

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