Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
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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Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances – February 2014

The transition to a college environment can pose significant risk to recovering students, and to students susceptible to alcohol/other drug problems. Many colleges and universities – including the University of Michigan - have developed highly effective programs to help recovering students maintain their recovery, excel academically and have a normative college experience apart from the culture of drinking/drug use. Research demonstrates exceptionally high rates of both academic success and sustained recovery among students who participate in collegiate recovery programs. This presentation provides an overview of the national and local efforts to build recovery support programs on college campuses, discusses how colleges can support students in recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction, and provides information about what parents and students can look for as they explore options for higher education. 

 

The program is presented by Mary Jo Desprez, MA, the Director of Wolverine Wellness for the University of Michigan Health Service who was instrumental in implementing a very successful, active collegiate recovery program at the University of Michigan; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; the program manager for the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program.  Mary Jo is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BA (1985) and MA (1987) from Michigan State University and has worked in the field of college health and wellness for over 20 years. As part of her current role as Director of Health Promotion and Community Relations, Mary Jo manages both the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program and the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Michigan. Mary Jo has also been an adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University since 1997.  Mary Jo serves as the Co-Chair for both the Ann Arbor Campus and Community Coalition (A2C3), and the Michigan Campus Coalition (MC3). She is a Center Associate for the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (U.S Department of Education). In October 2010, she became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). In May 2003 she was certified by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, as an HIV test counselor. In May 2002 Mary Jo successfully completed the curriculum for Critical Incident Stress Management certification. Matt worked with Dawn Farm from 2004 through 2012. He started as a House Manager and Resident Aid and later spent several years working as a Detox Counselor and Team Leader. He has also worked as an Outpatient Therapist and an Administrator and Therapist in Dawn Farm’s Correctional Programs, and as a Residential Therapist at Dawn Farm Downtown. Matt was the Education Series coordinator from 2007 through 2012. He is currently the Manager of the Collegiate Recovery Program at the University of Michigan. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 with his BSW and received his MSW from the University of Michigan in 2010.

 

 

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: CollegiateRecoverySupportingSecondChances_02-25-2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

"Suicide Prevention and Addiction" was presented on Tuesday January 28, 2014; by Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC. The prevalence of suicide and suicide attempts among people with alcohol/other drug addictions is significantly higher than in the general population, and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Family, friends and peers as well as helping professionals are often in a position to notice potential suicidal thinking and encourage a person contemplating suicide to obtain help. This program raises awareness of the signs of suicidal thinking, and describes ways to offer support and obtain help for people who may be contemplating suicide. Participants will learn how to recognize suicidal thinking, reach out and offer support to others contemplating suicide, obtain help when suicidal thoughts are present, and access local and national suicide prevention and intervention resources.

Ray Dalton is the Program Coordinator for Dawn Farm Outpatient, Community Corrections and Youth and Family Services. Prior to working for Dawn Farm Ray recruited, trained and supervised volunteer counselors to answer the suicide prevention hotline for the state of Kansas. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Mary and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.


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: SuicidePrevention_01-28-2014.mp3
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“Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality” was presented on Tuesday January 21, 2014; by  Brother Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. Spirituality often plays an important role in recovery initiation, recovery maintenance, and quality of life in recovery from chemical dependency. This program describes a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explores personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discusses the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program.   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: ChristianSpirituality_01-21-2014.mp3
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