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November 2018

An Introduction to Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mindfulness practices have been found to be effective in supporting sustained recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will define mindfulness, describe research supporting mindfulness’ benefit, and provide opportunities for the audience to experience and cultivate mindfulness.  Lastly, we will tie these experiences and research to the process of recovery, making explicit the connection.     Handouts: Presentation Slides - 2018 Mindfulness Resources Audio, 2018 Video, 2018:  https://vimeo.com/267021393   About the presenter: Elizabeth A.R. (Libby) Robinson, MSW, MPH, Ph.D Dr.…

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December 2018

Navigating Grace: The Power of Connection and Transformation

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Twelve Step recovery programs stress personal connection as a key ingredient in addiction recovery. This presentation by best-selling author and clinician Jeff Jay is based on his book, Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption. It will describe the often-unlikely process of personal connection, and the concepts of service and altruism that lie at the heart of Twelve Step Programs. The presentation will include inspiring personal remembrances of the people who changed Jeff’s life forever.   Handouts: Handouts…

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January 2019

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

January 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States

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, Chemical Use and Addiction – Dawn Farm Education Series

January 29, 2019 @ 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. Handouts: ACES questionnaire About the presenter: Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP Dr. Tana Bridge is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in both clinical and macro practice. Currently she…

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March 2019

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

March 19, 2019 @ 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. The presentation will include a short demonstration of naloxone resuscitation. Naloxone is a medication used…

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

March 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States

  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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April 2019

Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

April 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Book sale/signing after the presentation 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 lasting…

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May 2019

Relapse Prevention – Dawn Farm Education Series

May 21, 2019 @ 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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Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

May 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States

  Co-Occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis, is the term used to describe having both a substance use disorder and a mental health or medical illness; the symptoms of one influence the symptoms and treatment of the other.  Diagnosing and treating these disorders can be challenging, as the two are often so entwined that they are difficult to separate.  People with dual diagnosis issues often use substances to self-medicate to treat the symptoms of their medical or mental health…

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June 2019

Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness

June 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Twelve Step recovery programs challenge participants through the Eleventh Step to “seek through prayer and meditation to improve their conscious contact with God as they understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.” The literature points out that recovering people have "tread innumerable paths" in this process.  This presentation will encourage participants to clarify their personal understanding of a Higher Power, examine the quality of their relationship with that Power, and explore…

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