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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, 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 Twelve Step 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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September 2019

Does Addiction Treatment Work? Dawn Farm Education Series

September 17, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Being a Parent in Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

November 26, 2019 @ 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. The entire family unit is profoundly affected by the active addiction of a parent, often through generations. The challenges and healing that go along with recovery of a family member also exert a profound influence in the immediate family and in future generations. During the active addiction of…

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December 2019

Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Substance Use Disorder Recovery – Dawn Farm Education Series

December 17, 2019 @ 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. Western cultures are learning what our eastern counterparts have known for centuries: yoga promotes overall wellness and has beneficial effects for people who have a variety of physical and mental health challenges. Research shows us that yoga decreases stress hormones, increases mood-benefiting neurotransmitters, and helps new neural pathways form…

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January 2020

Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction – Dawn Farm Education Series

January 21 @ 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. ATTN: THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO A PRESENTER EMERGENCY. WE WILL RESUME AS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK.  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…

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