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April 2018

Suicide Prevention and Addiction-Dawn Farm Education Series

April 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There is an alarmingly high prevalence of suicide among people with addiction and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Family, friends and professionals are often strategically positioned to recognize potential suicidal thinking and intervene to help. This program will raise awareness of the signs of suicidal thinking and describe ways to offer support and obtain help for people who may be contemplating suicide. Participants will learn how to recognize suicidal thinking, reach out and offer…

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May 2018

Gratitude and Addiction Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

"Gratitude" is a frequent topic in recovery circles, a recurrent theme in recovery program literature, and a central component of addiction recovery for many recovering people. Gratitude practices are commonly employed in addiction treatment and in recovery. This presentation will provide definitions of gratitude proposed by social scientists, present scientific findings about the benefits of gratitude, cover theories for the ways in which gratitude "works" (in general and in recovery). Together we will practice at least two gratitude exercises. About…

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October 2018

Intersectionality if Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Use/Substance Use Disorders

October 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

There is a strong correlation between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use "“ and correlation does not equal cause/effect nor does it define personal responsibility. Intoxication does not explain abuse or assault, excuse a perpetrator's behaviors, or justify a person being assaulted or abused. Domestic violence/sexual assault offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use will be central to this discussion.  The audience will be provided with a primmer regarding perpetrator tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the…

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December 2018

Navigating Grace: The Power of Connection and Transformation

December 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jeff Jay will share decades of personal and professional recovery experience in an unusual life-and-death story, based on his book, Navigating Grace.  He will describe the unlikely people who helped saved his life. Why do the concepts of service and altruism lie at the heart of Twelve Step Programs? This presentation will take your recovery to the next level.   Related reading suggestions: Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption by Jeff Jay. Flier       Presentation Audio,…

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May 2019

Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

May 28 @ 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 Twelve Step Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness

June 25 @ 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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September 2019

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute Auditorium, 5325 Elliot Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Location: St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197.  Park in parking area "M" Please click here to access the main Education Series information page.   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…

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Addiction and Families – Dawn Farm Education Series

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

Location: St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197. Park in parking area "M". Please click here to access the main Education Series information page.   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…

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October 2019

An Introduction to Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute Auditorium, 5325 Elliot Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Location: St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197.  Park in parking area "M". Please click here to access the main Education Series information page.   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 benefits, and provide opportunities for the audience to experience and cultivate mindfulness. Lastly, we will tie these experiences and research to the process…

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

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute Auditorium, 5325 Elliot Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States

Location: St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197.  Park in parking area "M". Please click here to access the main Education Series information page.   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…

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