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February 2016

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

February 16 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction-Dawn Farm Education Series

April 26 @ 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 January 2015 Related reading Suggestions: Serenity: A Companion for 12 Step Recovery by Robert Hemfelt Spirituality and Addiction Recovery: An Interview with Ernie Kurtz, PhD…

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May 2016

Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery-Dawn Farm Education Series

May 17 @ 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 MCBAP and…

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The Recovering Body

May 24 @ 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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