Success Stories

Recovery changes lives

Not just the lives of our clients, but also their loved ones, neighbors, friends, employers, co-workers, and many others.

The greatest benefit to involvement with Dawn Farm is the privilege of participating in and witnessing these transformations.

These transformations remind us every day that recovery is a reality for so many.  Recovery is always possible.

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A few of our favorite Success Stories

Sobriety . . . with style

Sobriety . . . with style

Sometimes a single event makes the difference. Kevin has never been to Dawn Farm for treatment—not our Detox, residential or even outpatient. But Kevin's story is profoundly linked to the Farm. On a Tuesday night in 1998, in Dawn Farm's living room, everything changed...

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40 years of community

40 years of community

40 years of community It was 1973. My friend Gary Archie had an idea. Sober since 1966, Gary had met some folks from Quebec who had started a small therapeutic community outside of Montreal—and Gary wanted to do the same. Gary picked up Jack Scholtus and me (pictured...

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Homegrown Success

Homegrown Success

Emily was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She has a loving family, went to good schools and rode horses on the equestrian team. In many respects she had an ideal childhood. When Emily was 14 years old, she experimented with drugs, and her life quickly turned in a...

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Mother and Daughter…Healed

Mother and Daughter…Healed

Maggie and her nine year old daughter Jill came to the states from Scotland in 1983. Jill was already smoking cigarettes—and on the lookout for other "grownup" activities. "I was never good at following rules." She drank at age 10, smoked pot at 11, and getting high...

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A Man with a Dream

A Man with a Dream

We originally wrote about Clifton Chippewa in the fall of 1994—a great story of hope and dreams fulfilled. Today, the story is better than ever. Some might say  it's award worthy. Despite a successful career as a hairstylist in Oakland County, Clifton was broken and...

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A Return to Faith

A Return to Faith

Meg was, above all, a good girl. Raised in a devout Catholic home, this young woman grew up with a profound faith in God and a rich family life. Meg was the second of six children, with loving parents and a great life. She was a straight-A student and active in school...

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Doing the Next Right Thing

Doing the Next Right Thing

Greg drank his first beer when he was 13 or 14—it was uneventful. He had alcohol with friends a few times in high school, but it was never a problem. Then came college. As a young freshman at Michigan State, suddenly booze began to take on a greater role in Greg's...

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Man with a Mission

Man with a Mission

You have to meet Charles to believe he's real. Brimming with gratitude about his own recovery, he reaches out to others on a daily basis. It is just plain inspiring. Charles was not always that way. He grew up in Detroit, and his childhood was a colorful one. His...

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Facing Life

Facing Life

Don was born in Pontiac in 1947. His family moved to Brighton when he was young, where his dad opened a grocery store. "That's where I stole my first six-pack of beer." Despite an average childhood, Don always felt out of place, like he didn't fit in. In high school,...

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Carrying the Message

Carrying the Message

Erica has found a new life in sobriety. She is full of gratitude. She helps other women who are trying to find recovery. She's a hard worker and a contributing member of her community. It wasn't always that way. Born in Holt, Michigan, Erica was a good girl,...

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Big Man, Big Heart

Big Man, Big Heart

If you meet Cameron, you never forget him. An imposing man, he is full of charm and life and passion. He greets you warmly and looks into your eyes to see who you really are. He's come a long way since that grim day in September 1999, shivering on the doorstep of Dawn...

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A Young Family Healed

A Young Family Healed

Terry had become a bad alcoholic. Homeless on the streets, her kids in foster care, moving from state to state. A defeated woman, caught in the bottle. Until her life was transformed at Dawn Farm. Terry took her first drink at age 10, and had black outs almost...

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A Southern Lady Finds Hope

A Southern Lady Finds Hope

In her own right, Lisa is a miracle. But her personal recovery from alcoholism is only the beginning of what life has brought to this extraordinary young woman. She is full of gratitude. She helps other women who are trying to maintain sobriety. She's a loving wife...

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A Sober Son

A Sober Son

Billy was a handful. Raised in a stable and happy family in Monroe, Michigan, he attended private Catholic schools. But Billy was a curious kid; he experimented with alcohol and marijuana at age 14. By 15, he was already in big trouble. "I got kicked out of high...

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A Sisterhood of Recovery

A Sisterhood of Recovery

Sandy, Agnes, Angela, Micki, Sarah, Michelle, Erica, Madeline, Hannah, Amy, Amanda, Betsy, Kelly, Denise, Stevie, Kelly, Andrea and Tracey. These were just the women who could come on short notice to have their picture taken. They represent dozens more young women who...

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Recovery is Good Business

Recovery is Good Business

Or good deli, to be more specific. The photo above is a collection of men and women who share two great things. They all work for the nationally-known Zingerman's Delicatessen (that's co-owner Paul Saginaw on the far left). And all of their lives changed as a result...

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