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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Oct 23, 2017

Addiction 101 was presented on September 26, 2017; by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm. This program provides a general overview of alcohol/other drug addiction and recovery, examines the progression of alcohol/other drug use, reviews addiction as a brain disease and discusses the process of recovery. Viewers will learn how individuals experience initial and continuing alcohol and other drug use and gain a basic understanding of the process and diagnosis of addiction, how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and methods utilized to help people with alcohol/other drug use disorders achieve sustained recovery. 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 substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services. For information, please see

About the presenter: James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm.
Jim Balmer was a co-founder of Dawn Farm in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983; first as Clinical Director, later as President. Jim has led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the organization it is today; with two residential treatment programs, a sub-acute detox, outpatient and community corrections services, a youth and family services program, outreach and education programs and numerous transitional housing sites. Jim has trained addiction professionals around Michigan and the United States, as well as the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He has co-authored articles and papers on the subject of addiction and recovery. Jim is in the process of writing a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s unique history, mission and values, which he extensively researched on a sabbatical.