Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series
The Recovering Body - May 2016

The Recovering Body” was presented on May 24, 2016, by Jennifer Matesa; author, educator and speaker. Discussions of abstinent addiction recovery often focus on developing spiritual approaches to life’s problems and challenges. But, this virtually ignores the experience of the body. The facts are that the body undergoes serious changes and damage during active addiction, and many recovering people wind up frightened that they have wrecked their neurology permanently. Full recovery asks us to change the ways we relate to our bodies, beginning with the discipline of resisting the mind’s obsession about external “solutions” and grounding oneself inside one’s body, which lives only in the present. This presentation explores five approaches to addiction recovery that combine physical practices with the traditional spiritual enlargement of 12-step abstinent recovery. These approaches have abundant scientific research backing them, making them not only a way to gain confidence and “feel better” in recovery but also to prevent relapse and become fit to contribute to society.

Jennifer Matesa has been writing and speaking about addiction and recovery since 2010. Her most recent book is The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober (2014). Her forthcoming book about sexuality in recovery will be published in 2016. She has written about health and life transformation for more than twenty years, including two previously published books, Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making, chosen by Lamaze International as a top-ten childbirth resource, and Knowing Stephanie, a biography of a young breast cancer patient. Her journalism and essays have appeared in many publications. In 2010 she established the popular blog Guinevere Gets Sober (www.guineveregetssober.com), for which she interviewed many scientists, practitioners, authors, and ordinary folks with fascinating stories about recovering from addiction. Since 2012 she has regularly educated groups of medical students about ways to prevent, identify, and respond to addiction in their patients. In 2013 she was awarded a year-long fellowship with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in recognition of her writing and public speaking about the human potential to heal.

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: RecoveringBody_05-24-2016.mp3
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Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery - April 2016

“Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery” was presented on April 19, 2016, by Janice Firn, Ph.D., LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Hospital; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. This program will explain various theories of grief and grief recovery, describe losses that chemically dependent individuals and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and discuss how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss. The presentation includes a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

Janice Firn, LMSW, Ph.D received her MSW from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Palliative Care from Lancaster University. She is part of the palliative care consultation team at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). She is also the Clinical Ethicist in the newly established the University of Michigan Health System Program for Clinical Ethics, a joint UMHS and Center for Bioethics in Social Sciences and Medicine (CBSSM) program. Her research and education interests include clinical and organizational ethics; advancing clinical practice through research; palliative care; health care policy; and professional mentorship.

Barb Smith is the author of “Brent’s World,” a book about the life and death of her oldest son. Barb is a frequent speaker at community, school and church functions.

This presentation 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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Direct download: GriefAndLoss_04-19-2016.mp3
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Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family” was presented on March 29, 2016, by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay; best-selling authors and counselors. Addiction is often described as a “family disease” – but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation. Involved, supportive families play a critical role in the recovery process, from initiation through long-term recovery. Through extensive work in intervention and family recovery, Debra Jay has developed highly effective, detailed Intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ processes that unlock the secrets of lasting sobriety – techniques that help addicted physicians attain lasting recovery - and make them available to families. The intervention process starts with a concerned family and the Structured Family Recovery™ process ends with a family recovery team that maximizes the potential for a successful outcome for all involved. This presentation describes how to do an intervention and how to build a recovery team.  The presentation provides practical, helpful, hopeful information about intervention and family recovery that will both revolutionize recovery and bring recovery back to its roots. Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers  whose materials are liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions.

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.

About the presenters:

Jeff Jay
Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist, educator and author. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified intervention specialist, and a certified addictions professional. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for several professional organizations. Jeff is the coauthor of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, (2nd Ed., Hazelden, 2008). His new book from Hazelden is: Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption. He is also co-author of At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness. He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and mentoring services, along with Structured Family Recovery™. He is is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, Michigan. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

Debra Jay
Debra Jay appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a noted author, lecturer and interventionist. She has been seen most recently on The Dr. Oz Show. Debra is author of It Takes a Family, (Hazelden, 2014), the guide to Structured Family Recovery™. She is also the author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Bantam). She is coauthor of the books Love First and Aging and Addiction (Hazelden). Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist on both men’s and women’s units in primary care. She facilitated the family program, coordinated the older adult program, and worked in the extended care, aftercare and outpatient programs. She designed an outpatient family program. She also supervised the women’s unit. She has worked as a clinical interventionist since 1996. She is a guest lecturer at Wayne State University for graduate-level studies on substance abuse. She is a trustee of the Care Continuum Board of St. John Providence Health System and is a member of the Clinical Care Team. Debra Jay is a nationally recognized public speaker and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking.

 

Direct download: InterventonToRecovery_03-29-2016.mp3
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“Does Treatment Work?” was presented on March 15, 2016; by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM, CRMO, ABAM. Recent publications claim to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. Feel confused? Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues.

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. Carl Christensen is a Clinical Associate Professor at the WSU School of Medicine. He obtained his MD and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Wayne State University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital. He then completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He was Associate Residency Director of the OB Gyn Residency until 2012. Dr. Christensen is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the past president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine and the current Medical Director of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program, which monitors impaired nurses, pharmacists and doctors. He is the current Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient program dedicated to caring for pregnant, chemically dependent women, as well as the Medical Director at the Tolan Medical Research Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at WSU. He is also the Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr Christensen also specializes in the treatment of addiction and chronic pain, especially pelvic pain. He has received numerous teaching awards. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine every year since 2006. He lives in Superior Township, Michigan with his wife Cathy, a Nurse Practitioner also specializing in chronic pain and addiction, and their multiple pets including a therapy dog and rescue cats.

Direct download: DoesTreatmentWork_03-16-2016.mp3
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Telling Our Stories:  Narratives for Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous - January 2016

Telling Our Stories:  Narratives for Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous” was presented on Tuesday January 26, 2016, by Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. Storytelling has always been an important part of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  As part of the research for his doctoral dissertation Dr. Strobbe examined 24 new personal stories in the 4th edition of the “Big Book” of A.A., and found that these accounts shared certain elements and structures.  Here Dr. Strobbe proposes a model to help us better understand and appreciate these transformative narratives.

 

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.

 

 About the presenter: Dr. Stephen Strobbe is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry.  He is board-certified both in psychiatric and addictions nursing.  Dr. Strobbe received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University, his Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Michigan, and his PhD in Nursing, also from the University of Michigan.  His doctoral dissertation focused on Alcoholics Anonymous. 

 

His professional background has included clinical care, research, administration, and education.  He was the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), for which he received the Administration and Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA).

 

Dr. Strobbe has authored approximately 30 peer-reviewed articles and other works related to substance use and addictions nursing.  He has been an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, in Europe, South America and, most recently, southeast Asia.  Dr. Strobbe currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.  He is president-elect of the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and will assume the presidency of that organization in 2016.

 

In 2015, Professor Strobbe received the 25th Annual Golden Apple Award, the only student-nominated and student-selected teaching award at the University of Michigan.  He was invited to give his “ideal last lecture,” which was titled, “Lessons from an Imperfect Life:  A Premature Last Lecture.” 

 

 

Direct download: TellingOurStoriesNarrativesAA_January2016.mp3
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The Brain and Recovery: An Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction – January 2016

“The Brain and Recovery: An Update on the Neuroscience of Addiction” was presented on Tuesday January 19, 2016; by Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study and writer of the award-winning DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” There The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction (substance use disorders) but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction - research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices.

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.

Kevin McCauley, MD is a graduate of Drexel University Medical School and  is currently matriculated at the University of Utah School of Public Health M.P.H. program.  Dr. McCauley  is a former Navy flight surgeon and is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study.  He serves as the Director of Program Services for New Roads Treatment Center in Utah, and was the former Director of Le Mont Michel in Sandy, Utah. He is currently the President of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. Dr. McCauley has provided educational lectures on topics related to addiction and recovery for family group and patients at Cirque Lodge in Utah and was the Director of Medical Education for Sober Living By The Sea in California.  He is recognized as an engaging lecturer, creative filmmaker, and innovative program designer whose work makes difficult scientific concepts accessible to all, and helps to foster the acceptance of people in recovery as full and valued members of society. His DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford journalism award. His new DVD, “Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety” was released in January 2015.

Direct download: BrainAndRecoveryUpdateNeurobologyAddiction_01-19-2016.mp3
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