Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery – September 2014

Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery” was presented on Tuesday October 28, 2014; by Dr. Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, Ph.D., MSW. Research supports mindfulness practices as effective techniques to support sustained recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will describe mindfulness, demonstrate mindfulness techniques and provide opportunities for the audience to experience and cultivate mindfulness, and review the evidence of the positive effects of mindfulness on recovery.

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.

 

Dr. Robinson has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2003. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1979 and was trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, where he developed this program for cultivating mindfulness. She recently retired from the University of Michigan, where she was a Research Assistant Professor, carrying out NIH-funded research on the role of spiritual and religious change in recovery. She also did an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the U of M Addiction Research Center and was on the social work faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Robinson has an MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan, as well as her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work.

Direct download: CultivatingMindfulness_10--28-2014.mp3
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Opiates and Medicine: Where Are We America? – September 2014

Opiates and Medicine; Where Are We, America?” was presented on Tuesday September 23, 2014; by Dr. Jeffrey P. Berger, MD, FASAM. Non-medical use of opiates has been called an “epidemic” by CDC Director Thomas Frieden and “an urgent public health crisis” by US Attorney General Holder. Local and national leaders and media headlines echo and highlight this concern. How did we get this way?  This presentation is a historically based look at the medical use of opiates, especially in American society.  It describes the development and use of narcotic medications against the background of the three opiate epidemics in America. Dr. Berger discusses the history of opiates in medicine, opiate addiction as a brain disease, issues in the use of opiates to treat chronic pain and the medical treatment of 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.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Berger is a native of the Detroit Area.  He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in German Language and Literature and later his MD degree from Wayne State University.  Following Medical School, he completed training in Internal Medicine and is a Board Certified Internist. Early in his career as a physician, he became interested in Addiction Medicine.  He began working at Henry Ford Hospital’s Maplegrove Center in 1983 and is board-certified by the  American Society of Addiction Medicine.  He began working at Brighton Hospital in 1998 and is now the Medical Director of the Brighton Center for Recovery.

Direct download: OpiatesAndMedicine_09-23-2014WF.mp3
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Chemical Dependency and the Family - September 2014

Chemical Dependency and the Family was presented on September 30, 2014 by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.; Director, Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Chemical dependency is often described as a family disease. This program will provide an overview of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter describes 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: CDandFAMILY_09-30-2014.mp3
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Addiction 101

Addiction 101” was presented on September 16, 2014 by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm. This program provides a general overview of alcohol/other drug addiction and recovery. The presenter examines the dynamics of alcohol and other drug use, reviews addiction as a brain disease and provides an overview of the process of recovery. Learn how individuals experience initial and continuing alcohol and other drug use and gain an understanding of the basic process and diagnosis of addiction, how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and tools utilized to treat 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.

 

Direct download: Addiction101_09-16-2014.mp3
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The Physiology of Addiction - June 2014

“The Physiology of Addiction” was presented on Tuesday June 24, 2014; by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD; and Emily Brunner, MD. 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, options for treatment of 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.

Direct download: PhysiologyOfAddiction_06-24-2014.mp3
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Relapse Prevention - June 2014

“Relapse Prevention” was presented on Tuesday June 17, 2014; by Erik Anderson LLMSW; 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 will discuss the dynamics of relapse, signs that may forewarn of relapse, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and strategies to handle high-risk situations. 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: RelapsePrevention_06-17-2014.mp3
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Tobacco Cessation and Recovery from Addiction - May 2014

"Tobacco Cessation and Recovery from Addiction" was presented on Tuesday May 27, 2014; by Anna Byberg, LLMSW, CAADC; Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center coordinator; and Aaron Suganuma, BSW; Dawn Farm BSW-level residential therapist. People in recovery from alcohol and other drug problems often face challenges in also recovering from nicotine dependence. This program describes the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, and tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people in recovery from 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.

 

Direct download: TobaccoCessation_05-27-2014.mp3
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A History of Alcoholics Anonymous – May 2014

“A History of Alcoholics Anonymous” was presented on May 20, 2014; by James Balmer, Dawn Farm President. This program presents a fascinating overview of the history and development of the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) program, including its founding and growth. The discussion includes a brief discussion of the Twelve Steps of A.A. 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: AHistoryOfAA_05-2-2014.mp3
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Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency

“Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency” was presented on March 18, 2014; by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD; and Lori Perpich, LLP, MS Clinical Behavioral Psychology; Cognitive Behavior Therapist and EDEN Program Facilitator. Certain types of eating disorders are common among people with alcohol/other drug addictions. This program will examine the evidence that eating disorders are biopsychosocial diseases, define various eating disorders and their consequences, explore neurobiological and behavioral theories of addiction, describe physiological consequences of eating disorders, discuss screening tools, and provide information on treatment options and resources for people with eating disorders.

 

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.

 

Unfortunately the last ten minutes or so of this presentation did not record correctly. We apologize for this. There is a recording by the same presenters on the same topic that was made in January 2013 and can be accessed from Dawn Farm’s Libsyn page: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dawnfarm/EatingDisorders-01-22-2013.mp3. Additional information and resources on this topic, including a video that was recorded in January 2013, can be accessed from Dawn Farm’s web site: http://dawnfarm.org/event/eating-disorders/. 

Direct download: EatingDisordersAndChemicalDependency_03-18-2014_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery - March 2014

“Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery” was presented on Tuesday March 25, 2014; by Janice Firn, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker on the Adult Palliative Care Consult Team, University of Michigan Medical Center; and Barb Smith, author of Brent’s World.  The culture of addiction is rife with experiences of grief and loss for the person with addiction and for family and friends. The nature of these experiences combined with the stigma, shame and general lack of understanding of addiction can make grief and loss associated with addiction exceptionally lonely and difficult to heal from.  This program will describe theories of grief and grief recovery, losses that the chemically dependent individual and his/her family experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss.  It includes a personal account of addiction-related grief, loss and recovery from a mother who lost her son to addiction-related causes.

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: GriefAndLoss_03-25-2014.mp3
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