Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse

The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse” was presented on Tuesday October 20, 2015; by David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County and Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County; and Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center. There is a strong correlation between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use – and correlation does not equal cause/effect nor does it define personal responsibility. Intoxication does not excuse a perpetrator nor justify a person being assaulted or abused. Domestic violence/sexual assault offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse is central to this discussion.  The presenters provide a primmer regarding perpetrator tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the perpetrator accountable for abusive/assaultive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding the relationship between domestic violence/sexual assault and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the perpetrator's behaviors and support the survivor. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE that the audio recording of this presentation includes audio excerpts from the following two video clips:

(1) The “Undetected” Rapist.
– This is a video reenactment of an interview by Dr. David Lisak with "Frank," a pre-law student.  The video clip can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnKZKLFVs5M.
Video credits:
This video was produced by the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (a program of Legal Momentum  - https://www.legalmomentum.org.) 

(2) Consent – it’s as simple as tea.
- This video clip can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8 
(This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.)
Video credits:
Script - Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess:
http://rockstardinosaurpirateprincess
Animation - Rachel Brian
Narrator - Graham Wheeler
Video - http://www.blueseatstudios.com 

 

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Chemical Dependency and the Family – September 2015

“Chemical Dependency and the Family” was presented on September 29, 2015; by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D. Chemical dependency is described as a family disease. This program provides an overview of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe the roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family. 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.

Direct download: ChemicalDepenencyFamily_09-22-2015.mp3
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Opiates and Medicine; Where Are We, America? - September 2015

“Opiates and Medicine; Where Are We, America?” was presented on September 22, 2015, by Jeffrey Berger, MD, FASAM; Medical Director, Guest House. Non-medical use of opiates has been called an “epidemic” by CDC Director Thomas Frieden and “an urgent public health crisis” by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. Local and national leaders and media headlines echo and highlight this concern. How did we get this way? What can we do? This presentation provides a historically-based look at the medical use of opiates, especially in American society.  It focuses on the development and use of narcotic medications against the background of the three opiate epidemics in America.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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It Takes A Family – A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety – June 2015

It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety” was presented on June 30, 2015; by Debra Jay, Internationally-known Interventionist and chemical dependency specialist, speaker and trainer; popular media personality; co-author of the best-selling “Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention;” author of the newly-released “It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety” and other popular books.  Addiction is often described as a “family disease” – but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation, which surely contributes to the ubiquitous nature of relapse. Structured Family Recovery™ starts with a family and ends with a family recovery team. It unlocks the secrets of lasting sobriety––those used to keep addicted doctors sober––and makes them available to families. Debra Jay has created a family recovery program that both revolutionizes recovery and brings it back to its roots. This presentation will describe Structured Family Recovery,™ how it is implemented to transform families into recovery teams, and how the newly recovering person is invited to join the team. This will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to individuals and families affected by addiction and to anyone who wants to learn about Structured Family Recovery™ from the expert who developed and literally “wrote the book” on this technique. 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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Relapse Prevention - June 2015

Relapse Prevention” was presented on June 23, 2015; by Erik Anderson LLMSW, CAADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist. Addiction has been identified as a illness that requires  long-term management. Relapse is a process that begins before alcohol/other drug use is resumed and is usually preceded by a pattern of progressive warning signs. Understanding the relapse process assists recovering people to develop an effective plan to identify and prevent  relapse. This program discusses the dynamics of relapse, signs that may forewarn of relapse, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and strategies to handle both everyday and high-risk situations. 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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How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction - June 2015

How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction” was presented on Tuesday June 16, 2015; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SPA.  The course of an individual’s alcohol/other drug addiction may often be influenced by family members, friends, employers and others. The disease of addiction is often poorly understood, and the behaviors of a person with addiction are often bewildering to family and friends. Well-intentioned but poorly-informed individuals may inadvertently act in ways that can enable addiction to progress.  When all else has failed - what does work when confronted with a loved one’s addiction? What does not work? What can others do to help? What does not help? What role does an individual play in supporting another person’s recovery process? These and other questions will be addressed in order to assist participants to find effective methods to successfully support another person’s recovery, avoid enabling another person’s addiction, and maintain their own health and well-being. 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 is a Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center counselor and Outpatient therapist. Jerry was instrumental in implementing Dawn Farm’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program. He has extensive experience in the field of education as a strategist, facilitator, administrator, teacher and practitioner in the areas of educational administration, curriculum, instruction, and staff development, and has played leadership roles in many initiatives in various school districts. He earned his BS, MA and Sp.A. from Eastern Michigan University and has received additional training in substance use disorder prevention and treatment procedures and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

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In the Doctor's Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?” was presented on Tuesday May 26, 2015;  by Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD; and Jason Schwartz, LMSW, ACSW; Dawn Farm Clinical Director. 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 neurobiological 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 recovering individuals with sustaining recovery.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.

Direct download: InTheDoctorsOffice_05-26-2015.mp3
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The Physiology of Addiction - May 2015

The Physiology of Addiction” was presented on Tuesday May 19, 2015 by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM. Addiction is a chronic brain disease involving complex physiologic processes. Inherent physiologic characteristics influence how individuals response to substances and individual vulnerability to addiction. The physiology of the brain and body are altered by use of alcohol and other drugs and also changes when a person enters into recovery. This program explores the differences in neurochemistry between the addicted brain and the normal brain, the progression of physiological changes that occur in chemically dependent individuals, the mechanisms of physiologic tolerance and withdrawal, medical complications of alcohol/other drug addiction and the effects of treatment on the addicted brain. 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 - April 2015

Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery” was presented on April 28, 2015; by Anna Byberg; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center; and Aaron Suganuma, MSW. 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. Research has 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, and information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction. 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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Intervention by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay - April 21, 2015

Intervention” was presented on April 21, 2015; by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay; internationally-known Intervention specialists, chemical dependency therapists and trainers, and best-selling authors of Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, the newly-released It Takes a Family, A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobrietyand several other popular books.

Can others help when a person with addiction doesn’t seem to want help?  Do family and friends have to wait for the person with addiction to “hit bottom?” What if the person is LIVING on the “bottom”? What if the “bottom” is death, or jail, or insanity? Intervention can be a highly effective technique for initiating the recovery process in individuals suffering from chemical dependency. Through the intervention process, people who care can learn how to use love and honesty to break through the fear and denial that keeps a person with addiction locked in the downward spiral of his/her disease, and create a moment of clarity that allows a person with addiction to accept help.  The intervention process helps “raise the bottom” to where the person with addiction is, rather than waiting for him/her to become sicker and “hit bottom” on his/her own. Jeff and Debra Jay literally “wrote the book” on intervention when they developed a love first intervention process that provides family and friends with a powerful force for confronting addiction. Unlike practitioners who espouse a “tough love” approach, they found that love breaks through denial more effectively than toughness. Intervention brings about a moment of clarity that allows a person with addiction to accept help.  With love first and good planning, “tough love” is often unnecessary. This program will describe how the “Love First” process of Intervention can help chemically dependent people find recovery. Key elements of the “Love First” intervention model developed by Jeff and Debra Jay will be discussed. This program by dynamic, highly experienced speakers will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to anyone who cares about a chemically dependent person, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process.  

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.

Direct download: Intervention_04-21-2015.mp3
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