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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Nov 25, 2018

“Personal Medicine: Becoming Active Agents in Our Own Recovery” was presented on October 30, 2018; by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine Therapist and Didactic Group Facilitator. Personal Medicine consists of things we do, not things we take, that increase our sense of wellness and help us feel better. There’s been a great deal of interest in holistic methods of addressing conditions such as sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain that can challenge the substance use disorder recovery process. Relying on standard medical practices and medications for managing these conditions often relegates people in recovery to passive recipients of care and may subject them to marginally effective and at times deleterious interventions. The good news is there are a variety of non-pharmacological techniques that are effective in managing or assisting in the management of challenging/co-occurring conditions. Personal Medicine utilizes “skills not pills” to help recovering individuals deal with conditions that challenge recovery and to feel better overall. This program will discuss how conditions common to early recovery from substance use disorders, such as sleep disturbance, psychiatric symptoms, and chronic pain, can be effectively managed, at least in part, through these behavioral interventions.

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 substance use disorders, recovery, family and related issues. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of addiction treatment and recovery support services. For information, please see

Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, Sp.A., CADC
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. After several years as a Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center Counselor and later as an Outpatient therapist, Jerry Fouchey currently serves as a Personal Medicine therapist and didactic group facilitator 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) and Personal Medicine programs.