Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

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Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery - April 2016

“Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery” was presented on April 19, 2016, by Janice Firn, Ph.D., LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Hospital; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. This program will explain various theories of grief and grief recovery, describe losses that chemically dependent individuals and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and discuss how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss. The presentation includes a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

Janice Firn, LMSW, Ph.D received her MSW from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Palliative Care from Lancaster University. She is part of the palliative care consultation team at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). She is also the Clinical Ethicist in the newly established the University of Michigan Health System Program for Clinical Ethics, a joint UMHS and Center for Bioethics in Social Sciences and Medicine (CBSSM) program. Her research and education interests include clinical and organizational ethics; advancing clinical practice through research; palliative care; health care policy; and professional mentorship.

Barb Smith is the author of “Brent’s World,” a book about the life and death of her oldest son. Barb is a frequent speaker at community, school and church functions.

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.
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Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family” was presented on March 29, 2016, by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay; best-selling authors and counselors. Addiction is often described as a “family disease” – but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation. Involved, supportive families play a critical role in the recovery process, from initiation through long-term recovery. Through extensive work in intervention and family recovery, Debra Jay has developed highly effective, detailed Intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ processes that unlock the secrets of lasting sobriety – techniques that help addicted physicians attain lasting recovery - and make them available to families. The intervention process starts with a concerned family and the Structured Family Recovery™ process ends with a family recovery team that maximizes the potential for a successful outcome for all involved. This presentation describes how to do an intervention and how to build a recovery team.  The presentation provides practical, helpful, hopeful information about intervention and family recovery that will both revolutionize recovery and bring recovery back to its roots. Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers  whose materials are liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions.

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 presenters:

Jeff Jay
Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist, educator and author. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified intervention specialist, and a certified addictions professional. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for several professional organizations. Jeff is the coauthor of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, (2nd Ed., Hazelden, 2008). His new book from Hazelden is: Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption. He is also co-author of At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness. He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and mentoring services, along with Structured Family Recovery™. He is is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, Michigan. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

Debra Jay
Debra Jay appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a noted author, lecturer and interventionist. She has been seen most recently on The Dr. Oz Show. Debra is author of It Takes a Family, (Hazelden, 2014), the guide to Structured Family Recovery™. She is also the author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Bantam). She is coauthor of the books Love First and Aging and Addiction (Hazelden). Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist on both men’s and women’s units in primary care. She facilitated the family program, coordinated the older adult program, and worked in the extended care, aftercare and outpatient programs. She designed an outpatient family program. She also supervised the women’s unit. She has worked as a clinical interventionist since 1996. She is a guest lecturer at Wayne State University for graduate-level studies on substance abuse. She is a trustee of the Care Continuum Board of St. John Providence Health System and is a member of the Clinical Care Team. Debra Jay is a nationally recognized public speaker and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking.

 

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“Does Treatment Work?” was presented on March 15, 2016; by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM, CRMO, ABAM. 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 medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues.

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.

Dr. Carl Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the WSU School of Medicine. He obtained his MD and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Wayne State University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital. He then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency until 2012. Dr. Christensen is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and the current Medical Director of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program, which monitors impaired nurses, pharmacists and doctors. He is the current Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient program dedicated to caring for pregnant, chemically dependent women, as well as the Medical Director at the Tolan Medical Research Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at WSU. He is also the Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr Christensen also specializes in the treatment of addiction and chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He has received numerous teaching awards. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine every year since 2006. He lives in Superior Township, Michigan with his wife Cathy, a Nurse Practitioner also specializing in chronic pain and addiction, and their multiple pets including a therapy dog and rescue cats.

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