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Addiction and Families – Dawn Farm Education Series
September 25, 2018 @ 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.
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.
http://al-anon.org/al-anon-literature by Al-Anon World Services.
Alcoholics Anonymous (the “Big Book” of A.A.)
Adult Children of Alcoholics®/Dysfunctional Families web site: http://www.adultchildren.org
Al-Anon World Services web site: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org.
Al-Anon District 5 (Washtenaw County-area of Michigan) web site:http://www.afgdistrict5.org.
About the presenter:
Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.
Lynn is the director of Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bright Futures out-of-school-time programs. Lynn has worked with challenged youth and their families, teaching, counseling, and leading for over 40 years in K-12 education as well as developing and directing an adolescent outpatient program for substance abusing youth and their families. Lynn has a deep knowledge of the challenges of children of alcoholics, family systems as they relate to addiction and the process of recovery. She is a strong supporter of Twelve-Step recovery.
Lynn received her doctorate in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She co-authored a book chapter published in Women as Leaders in Education (Praeger, 2011), entitled “Both Sides of Mentoring: A Leader’s Story”. She has two grown sons and loving daughters-in-law, a husband and two Shetland Sheepdogs. She is passionate about photography and preparing delicious meals for family and friends.