Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
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.

Direct download: TobaccoCessationAndAddictionRecovery_04-28-2014.mp3
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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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Recovery and Spiritual Change - March 2015

Recovery and Spiritual Change” was presented on Tuesday March 24, 2015; by Dr. Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, Ph.D., MSW. Many people believe that changes in one’s spirituality/religiousness support recovery. This presentation looks at the results of research with 364 alcoholics over three years, including changes in alcohol use (sobriety), Alcoholics Anonymous involvement, several dimensions of spirituality and religiousness (including beliefs, prayer and meditation, purpose in life, and forgiveness,)  and how they relate to each other.

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. Elizabeth A.R.  (Libby) Robinson recently retired from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, where she was a Research Assistant Professor, studying the role of spiritual and religious change in recovery from alcoholism. She has carried out three surveys of alcoholics examining this question. The most extensive study was a survey of 364 alcoholics who were interviewed every 6 months for 3 years. This work was funded by the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse), part of the National Institute of Health. She was also an NIAAA post-doctoral fellow at the U of M Addiction Research Center and prior to that was on the social work faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Robinson has an MSW and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Michigan.

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The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse – February 2015

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse” was presented on TuesdayFebruary 24, 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; andBarbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County. Domestic violence offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse will be central to this discussion.  The audience will be 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 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: IntersectionDV-SA_02-24-2015_1.mp3
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Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery - February 2015

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery” was presented on Tuesday February 17, 2015; 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 methods that can help individuals cope with and heal from grief and loss.  It will include a personal account of addiction-related grief, loss and recovery by Barb Smith. 

 

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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Substance Use and Mental Disorders: One, the Other, or Both? January 2015

Substance Use and Mental Disorders: One, the Other, or Both?” was presented on Tuesday January 27, 2015; by Dr. Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing and University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. Substance use and mental health disorders often travel together.  This presentation explores historical and clinical aspects - including assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment, and recovery - of concurrent mental health and substance use disorders, also referred to as co-occurring disorders, co-morbid conditions, or dual diagnosis. 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. Stephen Strobbe holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor at both the University of Michigan School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry. He served as the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) in the Department of Psychiatry, for which he received the Administration Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) in 2007. He completed doctoral studies in 2009, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. His dissertation was titled, “Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories, Relatedness, Attendance and Affiliation.” Dr. Strobbe has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and was co-author for a chapter in the Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry. 

 

Dr. Strobbe has served as a lecturer, preceptor, clinical instructor, faculty of record, and specialty lead for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the areas of psychiatric and addictions nursing. He has presented numerous jury-selected papers, posters, symposia and workshops, served as a consultant, and given invited talks both nationally and internationally. Prior to his appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), Dr. Strobbe was an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Clinical Adjunct Faculty Network (CAFN) from 2010 to 2012. He is board certified in both psychiatric and addictions nursing. Dr. Strobbe is currently serving as he President Elect for the International Nurses Society on Addictions.

 

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Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction – January 2015

Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction” was presented on TuesdayJanuary 20, 2015; by Brother Ed 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 will describe a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss 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.  Brother Ed Conlin worked for over twenty years on behalf of a charitable trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland after he graduated from the University of Michigan. After returning to the USA Brother Ed served for several years as the team leader at Dawn Farm Detox.  Brother Ed is currently a chaplain and addiction counselor with the Detroit Capuchin Service System in Detroit, serving people who are homeless, mentally ill, or chemically dependent. 

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