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.