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Addiction and Families – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Alcohol/other drug addiction is often described as a “family condition.” Each member of the family unit is affected by addiction within the family and often family members do not realize how profoundly they have been affected. Family members affected by substance addiction often have challenges in supporting each other and taking care of their own health and well-being. To survive within a framework of chaos, family members often develop roles and defense mechanisms that help them to cope. Family involvement is an important element of the recovery process for people with addiction, and family members themselves can recover from the effects of having person with addiction in the family, whether the person with addiction recovers or not. This program will provide participants with an overview of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family.

Materials from Past Presentations

Handouts will be posted around the presentation date.

Related reading suggestions:

Broken Bottles, Broken Dreams: Understanding and Helping Children of Alcoholics by Charles Deutsch.

It Will Never Happen To Me by Claudia Black. by Al-Anon World Services.

Alcoholics Anonymous (the “Big Book” of A.A.)

Adult Children of Alcoholics®/Dysfunctional Families web site:

Al-Anon World Services web site:

Al-Anon District 5 (Washtenaw County-area of Michigan) web site:

Video, September 2017: 

Audio, September 2017: 

About the presenter:

Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.

Dr. Lynn Malinoff is the director of Eastern Michigan University’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs, Bright Futures, which are located in three districts along the Michigan Avenue Corridor – Wayne-Westland Community Schools District, Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Community Schools. The project is centered at EMU’s Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities.

For 35 years, Lynn served challenged youth in K-12 education as both a general and special education teacher.  She also developed and directed an adolescent outpatient program for substance abusing youth and their families. She has taught at all levels and developed grants and programs for at-risk youth with a focus on mentoring and service-learning. Lynn has a deep knowledge of the challenges of children of alcoholics, and family systems as they relate to alcohol/other drug addiction and the process of recovery. She is a strong supporter of 12-step recovery.

Lynn received her doctorate in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied the culture, history and politics of local communities along the Michigan Avenue corridor in Southeastern Michigan. She continues to use her entrepreneurial skills and systems knowledge to build bridges between higher education, the K-12 schools, and the community. She co-authored a book chapter published in Women as Leaders in Education (Praeger, 2011), entitled “Both Sides of Mentoring: A Leader’s Story.”

Lynn has two grown sons, two fabulous daughters-in-law, a husband and two Shetland Sheepdogs, and is passionate about all things photography and culinary.



September 25
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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