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March 2018

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances-Dawn Farm Education Series

March 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The transition to a college environment can pose a significant risk to a recovering student and to students susceptible to alcohol/other drug problems. Many colleges and universities – including the University of Michigan - have developed programs to help recovering students maintain their recovery, excel academically and have a normative college experience apart from the culture of drinking/drug use. Collegiate Recovery Programs provide a supportive community where students in recovery can succeed academically while enjoying a genuine college experience, free…

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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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September 2018

Addiction 101 – Dawn Farm Education Series

September 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Substance use disorders are poorly understood by the general population as well as by many professionals. “Why don’t you just stop” is a common refrain from family member and friends, and people with addiction often wonder why they return again and again to substance use and associated self-destructive behaviors, even when they’re highly motivated to stop using. We know substance addiction is “a primary, chronic disease” but we often treat people with addiction with short-term treatment interventions rather than the…

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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…

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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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November 2018

An Introduction to Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

November 27, 2018 @ 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 Presentation audio - November 2018 Presentation video - November 2018. About the presenter: Elizabeth A.R. (Libby) Robinson,…

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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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January 2019

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

January 22 @ 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 @ 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. Presentation Handouts About the presenter: Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She is an alumna,…

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