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October 2017

In The Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe? – Dawn Farm Education Series

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Addiction is widely recognized as a chronic illness best treated with long-term monitoring and support. Primary health care settings are natural places for this care to be provided, and studies have demonstrated improved outcomes when people in recovery receive regular health care delivered by recovery-proficient providers. However, health care providers are often poorly equipped to meet the needs of this population and iatrogenic relapse is not uncommon. It's been said that the doctor's office is a dangerous place for people…

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November 2017

Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Book sale/signing after the presentation Flier 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 – techniques that help addicted physicians attain…

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Personal Medicine: Becoming Active Agents in Our Own Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

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

Personal Medicine is any activity a person adopts because it helps them feel better and increases their sense of “Wellness.”  When we talk about Personal Medicine, we are not talking about a prescription ordered by a doctor, nor are we talking about over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal remedies or street drugs.  Personal Medicine is all about “Skills not Pills;” or things we do, not things we take.  In other words, Personal Medicine is the behaviors and habits we develop that help…

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January 2018

Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction – Dawn Farm Education Series

January 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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The Institute of Medicine estimates around a 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, and it’s estimated that about 10% of our population has or has had a substance use disorder. Both chronic pain and substance use disorders are major public health challenges, and treating concurrent pain and substance addiction is especially challenging. Common prescribing practices intended to provide relief of acute and chronic pain can trigger relapse in people with substance use disorders and have also fueled an epidemic…

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Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction – Dawn Farm Education Series

January 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Current research highlights the relationship between chemical use, addition and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use, and how to aid individuals struggling with trauma and addiction. About the presenter: Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP Dr. Tana Bridge is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in both clinical and macro practice. She is a professor…

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How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction – Dawn Farm Education Series

January 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The course of an individual’s alcohol/other drug addiction may often be influenced by family members, friends, employers and others. The disease of addiction is often poorly understood, and the behaviors of a person with addiction are often bewildering to family and friends. Well intentioned but poorly-informed individuals may inadvertently act in ways that can enable addiction to progress. When all else has failed - what does work when confronted with a loved one’s addiction? What does not work? What can…

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February 2018

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

February 20, 2018 @ 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. Following the presentation, co-prescriptions for Naloxone will be distributed to audience members on request,…

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Relapse Prevention – Dawn Farm Education Series

February 27, 2018 @ 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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March 2018

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

March 20, 2018 @ 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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Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances-Dawn Farm Education Series

March 27, 2018 @ 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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