Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

“From Fear to Faith” was presented on Tuesday May 28, 2013; by James Balmer, Dawn Farm President; and Jason Schwartz, LMSW, CAADC; Clinical Director, Dawn Farm. Dawn Farm was founded in 1973 by two men with little more than a vision, using the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, some ideas borrowed from a residential program in Quebec, and a rented farm house in Ypsilanti. From the modest farm house to the continuum of programs that we operate today, Dawn Farm has continued to address the essential needs of the community with creative, community-based solutions and to be a place of help and hope for hundreds of addicts every day. Dawn Farm’s success has been made possible by staying true to our core values and the unwaveringly generous support provided by the community . This program describes the evolution of the treatment field over the past forty years, discusses what can be learned from Dawn Farm's successes and failures, illustrates how mission-driven choices have allowed Dawn Farm to survive and thrive, and explains the power of rejecting fear-based program management. 

 

Jim Balmer was involved with Dawn Farm as a community member when it began in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983. Jim led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the continuum of services Dawn Farm provides today. Jim has trained addiction professionals around the United States and in the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He co-authored an article that was featured in Addiction Professional magazine. At the time of this program presentation Jim is currently on sabbatical researching a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s history, mission and values.

 

Jason Schwartz is the Clinical Director of Dawn Farm and an adjunct faculty at EMU’s School of Social Work. He serves on the advisory boards of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work and School of Leadership and Counseling. Jason has been published in Addiction Professional magazine and contributed to a monograph on Recovery-oriented Supervision published by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Jason also serves as a board member for the Livonia Save Our Youth Task Force.

 

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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“The Physiology of Addiction” was presented on Tuesday May 21, 2013; by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM. 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, and the effects of treatment on the addicted brain. Dr. Carl Christensen is the Medical Director of the Addiction Medicine Services at the Detroit Medical Center; Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center; and an associate with  Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, where he treats people experiencing pain and chemical dependency and specializes in treating pelvic pain and chemical dependency in pregnant women. Dr. Christensen retired in 2013 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine after serving for 32 years as an Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the Past President of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program and the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, and a past Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr. Christiansen has been named among the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine for several years. 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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The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse” was presented on Tuesday April 30, 2013; by Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center; and David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, and Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Domestic violence offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse is central to this discussion. The audience is provided with a primmer regarding batterer tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the batterer accountable for his abusive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding domestic violence and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the batterer's abusive 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.

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“Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction” was presented on Tuesday April 23, 2013; by Rabbi Yisrael Pinson; Director, Jewish Recovery International and Editor-In-Chief, JewishRecovery.org. Does spirituality contribute to one's recovery? Does recovery contribute to one's spirituality? The combination of the values of recovery and the values of spirituality create a powerful environment that brings a healthy and meaningful life. The audience will gain an understanding of Jewish spirituality, the spirituality of recovery, the difference between religion and spirituality, and how to use both for their recovery.  Rabbi Yisrael Pinson is the Director of Jewish Recovery International and editor of JewishRecovery.org. Rabbi Pinson received his high school and college-level education at several intensive private schools the world over, including the distinguished Machon LeSmicha Center for Ordination in Melbourne, Australia. He has served communities and individuals from the Caribbean to Canada, and was instrumental in creating a Jewish Recovery Community in Metro-Detroit where people with addiction and their families are helped through support, guidance, friendship and community.  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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“In the Doctor's Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?” was presented on Tuesday April 16, 2013; by Dr. Mark Weiner, MD; specialist in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program manager. 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 will discuss whether these statements are fair and why doctors and other healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. The program will describe in detail how recovering people can take responsibility for their physical health and recruit health care providers as allies. 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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“How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction” was presented on Tuesday March 26, 2013; by Dr. Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM.  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.

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“Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality” was presented on Tuesday February 26, 2013; by Brother Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. This program presents a Christian perspective of the role of spirituality in recovering from chemical dependency and discusses the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program which can benefit anyone (recovering or not.) 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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Chemical Dependency and the Family” was presented on Tuesday October 30, 2012; by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D. 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. Dr. Malinoff is the director of Eastern Michigan Universities 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bright Futures out-of-school-time programs. She has worked with challenged youth and their families, teaching, counseling, and leading for over 35 years in K-12 education as well as developing and directing an adolescent outpatient program for substance abusing youth and their families. 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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“Eating Disorders” was presented on Tuesday January 22, 2013; by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM; and Lori Perpich, LLP, MS Clinical Behavioral Psychology; Cognitive Behavior Therapist and EDEN Program Facilitator. This program examines the evidence that eating disorders are true biopsychosocial diseases, similar to chemical dependency. The program defines various eating disorders and their consequences, explores neurobiological and behavioral theories of addiction, describes physiological consequences of eating disorders, discusses screening tools, and provides 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.

 

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Addiction and Suicide Prevention” was presented on Tuesday December 18, 2012; by Raymond Dalton, MA; Dawn Farm therapist. There is an alarmingly high prevalence of suicide among people with addiction and people in early recovery. This program will raise awareness of the signs of suicidal thinking and describe ways to offer support and obtain help for people who may be contemplating suicide. Listeners 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 resourcesThis 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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