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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Nov 25, 2015

“How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction” was presented on November 24, 2015; by Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM. The course of an individual’s alcohol/other drug addiction may be strongly influenced by family members, friends, employers and others. The disease of addiction is often poorly understood, and the behaviors of a person with addiction are often bewildering to family and friends. Well-intentioned but poorly-informed individuals may inadvertently enable addiction to progress by shielding the person with addiction from consequences.  This program will address these common questions: 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?  The program will outline simple but effective actions for family, friends and others to avoid enabling another person’s addiction, support their loved one’s recovery, and maintain their own health and well-being.

Charles F. Gehrke, M.D., FACP, FASAM is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed fellowships in hematology/oncology and practiced in this field for several years. For the past several years Dr. Gehrke has practiced in the field of addiction medicine. Currently, Dr. Gehrke works with Brighton Hospital to review and advise the counseling staff involved with HPRP (Health Professionals Recovery Program). He also is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a Certified Medical Review Officer. Dr. Gehrke has presented numerous lectures and classes; co-authored numerous articles; and written book chapters, papers and manuals concerning substance use disorders and treatment guidelines. He is board certified He is board- certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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