Wed, 25 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.
Tue, 17 May 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.