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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

May 29, 2017

Emerging from the Darkness: The End of the Drug War and the Rise of Recovery” was presented on April 20, 2017, by Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study; writer of the award-winning DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” and the DVD “Memo To Self.” Not only have the ships for which we have waited for so long appeared on the horizon, some of them have now come into port. Parity. Treatment on demand. Stigma reduction. These once seemingly impossible dreams are today a reality. The White House creates an "Office of Recovery" and speaks openly about a "Third Way" for new policy. States legalize cannabis for - not medical - but recreational use, and create a giant natural experiment that will reveal previous certainties about its dangers as truth or fiction. Films, books, plays, and music put a human face on addiction, changing minds and hearts in the process. But most importantly, people are recovering. As we emerge from the rubble of the Drug War, we can rebuild on the foundation of astonishing brain research that has quietly accumulated through decades of zero-tolerance and mass incarceration. In this lecture, we will stop and realize this moment in history, and compare it to other challenges of health disparity and social inequality. We will review the rising science of recovery and explore concepts of recovery management. We will elucidate this "Third Way," and consider the challenges it entails. We will explore innovative policies, enacted on local and national levels, which hold the promise of preventing addiction before it starts, treating it on a scale never before seen in the US, and re-enfranchising a battered but resilient American demographic.  As groups of men and women, formerly living in the shadows, come together, define themselves, and become a people, we should not forget: History is watching.

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

About The Presenter: Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD

Kevin McCauley, MD graduated from Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992. He entered the United States Navy and received his Naval Flight Surgeon training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida.  He was the flight surgeon for Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 363 at Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, California and for Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 101 at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.

Dr. McCauley is the co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Director of Program Services at the New Roads Treatment Center in Sandy, Utah. He has served as President of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences in Salt Lake City, Utah, working with state and municipal agencies to promulgate best practices for local sober living home providers in order to strengthen the Recovery-Oriented System of Care in Utah. Dr. McCauley served as Director of Le Mont Michel in Sandy, Utah, from 2009 to 2013; helping with the design and implementation of a disease management/ residential recovery support program and also served as director of daily operations of an eight-bed sober living facility including training and supervision of staff, as well as analysis of outcome data.    

As co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction, and “Memo to Self” about Recovery Management in commercial airline pilots and professionals with substance use disorders. “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

Dr. McCauley travels between Utah and his home in Honolulu, Hawai`I where he lives with his wife, Kristine. His goals are to help those who wish to better understand addiction topics and to make difficult scientific concepts accessible to all. In his work, he strives to foster the acceptance of people in recovery as full and valued members of society.