Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
In Our Midst: The Opioid Epidemic, and a Community Response

“In Our Midst: The Opioid Epidemic, and a Community Response” was presented on November 22, 2016, by Dr. Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing and University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine (Co-Chair, Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project) and a panel. Non-medical use of opiates has been called an “epidemic” by CDC Director Thomas Frieden and “an urgent public health crisis” by former US Attorney General Holder. Local and national leaders and media headlines echo and highlight this concern. Communities across the country are in the grips of an opioid epidemic, and our local Washtenaw County Michigan community is no exception. This program will examine the opioid epidemic in our midst, and what is being done to respond. The presenter will discuss factors that have contributed to a national opioid epidemic, rates and patterns of opioid overdose deaths locally and nationally, areas of focus for the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project, and actions that can be taken to be part of the solution. The presentation includes a panel discussion by experts who are on the local forefront of combating opiod misuse.

About the presenter: This program was developed and is presented by Dr. Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing and University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine (Co-Chair, Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project.) Dr. Stephen Strobbe is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified both in psychiatric and addictions nursing. His professional background has included clinical care, research, administration, and education. Dr. Strobbe was first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addictions Treatment Services (UMATS), for which he received the Administration/Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, position statements, book chapters, and other works related to substance use and addictions nursing. He has been an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, including Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia. In 2015, Professor Strobbe received the 25th Annual Golden Apple Award, the only student-nominated and student-selected teaching award at the University of Michigan. Dr. Strobbe is the current President of the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and Co-Chair for the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project. In October, 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing.

This presentation is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a free, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

Direct download: InOurMidstOpiodEpidemic_11-22-2016.mp3
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The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Use

The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Use” was presented on October 18, 2016; by David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County and Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County; and Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center. 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/abuse will be central to this discussion.  The listeners will be provided with a primmer regarding perpetrator tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the perpetrator accountable for abusive/assaultive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding the relationship between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the perpetrator's behaviors and support the survivor.  

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

About the presenters: 

This course material was developed and is presented by David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Interim CEO/President, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, and Founder and former Director of the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression Program, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County; and Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center.   

 

David J. H. Garvin is the Interim CEO/President and the Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. For many years prior to his appointment to COO, David served as the Senior Director at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. During this tenure David was responsible for the management of the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) Program, and served as the Clinical Director for the Behavioral Health Services program and Substance Abuse Treatment Services, and was Program Manager for the Supervised Parenting and Exchange Program and the Adoption and Pregnancy Programs. David has been directly involved in the anti-domestic violence movement since 1986 when he founded the ADA Program. He is a co-founder and current Chair of the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI). David was selected to serve as the co-chair of the Michigan Governor’s Taskforce on creating standards for batterer intervention programs. He has conducted trainings, consultations, conferences, workshops and in-services around the country and has been featured on local, state and national television, in magazines, professional journals and newspapers. David earned the prestigious honor of being named the 2009 National Association of Social Workers-Michigan (NASW-MI) Social Worker of the Year for his work in the areas of domestic violence, mental health and adoption.

Barbara Niess May is the Executive Director of SafeHouse Center, a supportive service and social action agency which provides help to approximately 5,000 Washtenaw County residents who are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault annually through its 50-bed emergency shelter and its counseling and advocacy programs.   Barbara has worked toward supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1996 in various micro- and macro-system capacities.  This has included agency management as well as state-wide level advocacy and support.  In addition to these activities, Barbara has also been very involved in legislative work and has provided expert testimony in a variety of venues, including various levels of court and at the state and federal legislative level.  She is also involved in her community in a variety of ways as a member of Rotary International, and as an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. Barbara has served on several boards and committees, is a member of several national honor fraternities and is active in her church.  Barbara holds Master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Public Administration and in Social Work.

 

Direct download: IntersectionDV-SA-SA_10-18-2016.mp3
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Addiction 101 – September 2016

Addiction 101” was presented on Tuesday September 27, 2016, by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm. This program provides a primmer on alcohol/other drug addiction and recovery. The presenter examines the progression of alcohol/other drug use, reviews addiction as a brain disease and discusses the process of recovery. 

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

About the presenter: Jim Balmer was a co-founder of Dawn Farm in 1973 and has worked for the Farm since 1983; first as Clinical Director, later as President. Jim has led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the organization it is today; with two residential treatment programs, a sub-acute detox, outpatient and community corrections services, a youth and family services program, outreach and education programs and numerous transitional housing sites. Jim has trained addiction professionals around Michigan and the United States, as well as the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He has co-authored numerous articles and papers on the subject of addiction and recovery. Jim is in the process of writing a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s unique history, mission and values, which he extensively researched on a recent sabbatical.

Direct download: Addiction101_09-27-2016.mp3
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Positive Emotions and the Success of Alcoholics Anonymous – September 2016

Positive Emotions and the Success of Alcoholics Anonymous” was presented on September 20, 2016 by Dr. George E. Vaillant, MD; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital. A 60-year study of adult development performed at Harvard University yielded fascinating information about alcohol use disorders and recovery. This presentation by the study director will present evidence based, prospective longitudinal research on why Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is the treatment of choice to achieve abstinence from alcohol lasting more than two years. The presentation will suggest the mechanisms by which A.A. achieves these goals. Dr. Vaillant will describe factors that have been found to be predictive of an individual developing alcohol dependency, common patterns found among study individuals in the onset and progression of alcohol dependency and in the initiation and sustainment of recovery from alcohol dependency, evidence supporting the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous, and mechanisms by which people with alcohol dependency achieve sustained sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous participation.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.”

About the presenter: GEORGE E. VAILLANT, M.D.

Dr. Vaillant is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School; Dr. Vaillant did his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He has spent his research career charting adult development, the importance of involuntary coping mechanisms, and recovery from alcoholism. From 1970 to 2005 he was Director of the Study of Adult Development at the Harvard University Health Service.  The study is arguably the longest (75 years) prospective psychosocial and medical study of males in the world.  More recently Dr. Vaillant has been interested in positive emotions and their relationship to Positive Psychology. In 2000 he became a founding member of Positive Psychology. He has been a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a past Class A (nonalcoholic trustee) of Alcoholics Anonymous and is a Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has received the Jellinek Memorial Award and American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award. His published works include Adaptation to Life, 1977, The Natural History of Alcoholism-Revisited, 1995, Aging Well, 2002, Spiritual Evolution, 2008 and Triumphs of Experience, 2012, other books and numerous articles.

Direct download: PositiveEmotionsSuccessOfAA_09-20-2016.mp3
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Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery” was presented on Tuesday May 17, 2016; by Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, MPH, MSW,  Ph.D. Research supports mindfulness practices as effective techniques to support sustained recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will describe mindfulness, demonstrate mindfulness techniques and provide opportunities for the audience to experience and cultivate mindfulness, and review the evidence of the positive effects of mindfulness on recovery.  

Dr. Libby Robinson has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1979 and was trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2003. She recently retired from the University of Michigan, where she was a Research Assistant Professor, carrying out NIH-funded research on the role of spiritual and religious change in recovery. She also did an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center and was on the social work faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Robinson has an MPH and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Michigan.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

Direct download: CultivatingMindfulnessToSupportRecovery_05-17-2016_1.mp3
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Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery - June 2016

Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery was presented on Tuesday June 21, 2016, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC;Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center; and Aaron Suganuma, LLMSW.  Despite downward trends in the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population, tobacco use remains a significant problem among people with alcohol/other drug addiction. The conventional wisdom that tobacco use should not be addressed during treatment or in early recovery has been shown to be fallacious. Studies have demonstrated that tobacco cessation has positive effects on recovery and relapse rates, and a smoke-free policy does not adversely affect treatment retention. This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and suggestions for implementation of tobacco cessation support by addiction treatment programs/professionals.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series

Direct download: TobaccoCessation_06-21-2016.mp3
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Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness

Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness” was presented on June 28, 2016; by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine and Outpatient Therapist. Spirituality can play an important role in recovery initiation and maintenance. Research has demonstrated that self-identification as a “spiritual” person correlates positively with successful abstinence regardless of whether the person self-identifies as a “religious” person.  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 discuss ways for recovering individuals to clarify their personal understanding of a Higher Power, examine the quality of their relationship with that Power, and explore vehicles to build their conscious contact.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series

Jerry Fouchey has extensive experience in the field of education as an administrator, facilitator, strategist, teacher and practitioner in the areas of educational administration, curriculum, instruction and staff development, and has played leadership roles in many initiatives in various public school districts. Following his career in public education, Jerry spent several years serving as a Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center Counselor. Jerry is currently a Personal Medicine and Outpatient therapist for Dawn Farm. He earned his BS, MA, and Sp.A. from Eastern Michigan University, has received additional training in substance use disorder prevention and treatment procedures, and is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC).  Jerry was instrumental in the implementation of Dawn Farm’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program.

Direct download: SpiritualtyAndRecovery_06-28-2016.mp3
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The History Of Narcotics Anonymous - March 2016

“The History of Narcotics Anonymous” was presented on March 22, 2016, by Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Vice President of Programs for The Healing Place of Wake County; and Boyd Pickard, Research Assistant at the Illinois Addiction Studies Archives. Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) constitutes one of the most important addiction recovery mutual aid resources.  Founded in the culturally hostile environment of the 1950s, NA now carries its message of hope at more than 63,000 weekly meetings in 132 countries, while NA’s unique history, culture, and distinctiveness are routinely obscured within references to “A.A. and other Twelve Step programs.”  This presentation will review the history of NA, with a particular emphasis on the role members of Alcoholics Anonymous played in the birth and early evolution of N.A. Join these eminent NA historians to learn about the legislation that led to the criminalization of addiction in the U.S., the unique contributions Narcotics Anonymous has made and the scope of NA today.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

 

Direct download: HistoryOfNarcoticsAnonymous_03-22-2016.mp3
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In The Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe? – May 2016

In the Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?” was presented on May 31 2016; by Mark A. Weiner, MD; specialist in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager.  Addiction is widely recognized as a chronic illness best treated with long-term monitoring and support. Primary health care settings are natural places for this care to be provided, and studies have demonstrated improved outcomes when people in recovery receive regular health care delivered by recovery-proficient providers. However, health care providers are often poorly equipped to meet the needs of this population and iatrogenic relapse is not uncommon. It's been said that the doctor's office is a dangerous place for people in recovery from addiction. It's also been said that recovering people are terrible patients. This program discusses whether these statements are fair, and why healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. The program provides a basic overview of the neurobiology of addiction and its implications for health care consumers and providers, lists specific concerns related to medications, describes ways in which people in recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction can take responsibility for their health and discusses how health care providers can assist with sustaining recovery.

Dr. Mark Weiner is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and he specializes in addiction medicine and pain medicine in his practice with Pain Recovery Solutions in Ypsilanti.  He is the Section Chief of Addiction Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.  He is active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is Vice Chair of Dawn Farm’s board of directors.

Matt Statman is a former Dawn Farm therapist. He is the manager of the U of M Collegiate Recovery Program and faculty advisor to the U of M Students for Recovery. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work. Matt is also a Board Member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series

Direct download: InTheDoctorsOfficeFriendOrFoe_05-31-2016.mp3
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The Recovering Body - May 2016

The Recovering Body” was presented on May 24, 2016, by Jennifer Matesa; author, educator and speaker. Discussions of abstinent addiction recovery often focus on developing spiritual approaches to life’s problems and challenges. But, this virtually ignores the experience of the body. The facts are that the body undergoes serious changes and damage during active addiction, and many recovering people wind up frightened that they have wrecked their neurology permanently. Full recovery asks us to change the ways we relate to our bodies, beginning with the discipline of resisting the mind’s obsession about external “solutions” and grounding oneself inside one’s body, which lives only in the present. This presentation explores five approaches to addiction recovery that combine physical practices with the traditional spiritual enlargement of 12-step abstinent recovery. These approaches have abundant scientific research backing them, making them not only a way to gain confidence and “feel better” in recovery but also to prevent relapse and become fit to contribute to society.

Jennifer Matesa has been writing and speaking about addiction and recovery since 2010. Her most recent book is The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober (2014). Her forthcoming book about sexuality in recovery will be published in 2016. She has written about health and life transformation for more than twenty years, including two previously published books, Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making, chosen by Lamaze International as a top-ten childbirth resource, and Knowing Stephanie, a biography of a young breast cancer patient. Her journalism and essays have appeared in many publications. In 2010 she established the popular blog Guinevere Gets Sober (www.guineveregetssober.com), for which she interviewed many scientists, practitioners, authors, and ordinary folks with fascinating stories about recovering from addiction. Since 2012 she has regularly educated groups of medical students about ways to prevent, identify, and respond to addiction in their patients. In 2013 she was awarded a year-long fellowship with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in recognition of her writing and public speaking about the human potential to heal.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series

Direct download: RecoveringBody_05-24-2016.mp3
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