Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

“Does Addiction Treatment Work?” was presented on Tuesday May 16, 2017, by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM, 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. 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 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.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM, ABAM

Dr. Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and has a private medical practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Christensen specializes in the treatment of addiction and of chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He obtained his MD and PhD 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 is certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Christensen 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, and a member of the Advisory Board of Families Against Narcotics in Wayne County Michigan. 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 was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency at the Wayne State University School of Medicine until 2012.

Dr. Christensen has received numerous teaching awards. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine since 2006.

Direct download: DoesAddictionTreatmentWork_05-16-2017.mp3
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“Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery” was presented on May 23, 2017, by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. 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 false. 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 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.

About the presenter: Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC
Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC is the Program Coordinator for the Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center, a social/non-medical detoxification and extended care facility. Anna has worked with Dawn Farm since February of 2005, initially as a Detox Counselor and later as an Outpatient Counselor and then Project Manager. Anna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in December 2001 and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University in April, 2012. As a member of Dawn Farm’s Tobacco Cessation team, Anna helped to develop, implement and facilitate Dawn Farm’s tobacco cessation initiative.

 

Audio and video recorded by Bill Hall, TalkVideo. 

Direct download: TobaccoCessation_05-23-2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16pm EDT

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