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Addiction 101 ““ Dawn Farm Education Series

September 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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 drug use disorders achieve sustained recovery.    


About the presenter:

James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm.


Jim Balmer was a co-founder of Dawn Farm in 1973 and has worked for the Farm since 1983; first as Clinical Director, later as President. Jim has led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the organization it is today; with two residential treatment programs, a sub-acute detox, outpatient and community corrections services, a youth and family services program, outreach and education programs and numerous transitional housing sites. Jim has trained addiction professionals around Michigan and the United States, as well as the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He has co-authored numerous articles and papers on the subject of addiction and recovery. Jim is in the process of writing a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s unique history, mission and values, which he extensively researched on a recent sabbatical.

Materials from previous presentations

Handouts: 09-27-2016 Handout

Related Reading Suggestions:

Drug Addiction: the Neurobiology of Behavior Gone Awry by Nora Volkow.

Helping Other Alcoholics in Alcoholics Anonymous and Drinking Outcomes: Findings from Project MATCH (this is an abstract ““ please contact for a hard copy of the article.)

Alcoholism and Free Will.  Jeffrey Smith, MD;  Psychiatric Times, April 01, 1999.

Articles by James Milam.

Addiction 101 audio recording from Dawn Farm on Libsyn (September 2016) .



September 26, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Category:


Dawn Farm


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center
5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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