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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Oct 29, 2017

Tobacco Recovery was presented on October 17, 2017, by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center (and a panel of former tobacco users.) 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. The conventional wisdom that tobacco use should not be addressed during treatment or in early recovery has been shown to be false. Studies have 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, information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction, and suggestions for implementation of tobacco cessation support by addiction treatment programs/professionals.

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: Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC
Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC is the Program Coordinator for the Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center, a social/non-medical detoxification and extended care facility. Anna has worked with Dawn Farm since February of 2005, initially as a Detox Counselor and later as an Outpatient Counselor and then Project Manager. Anna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in December 2001 and her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University in April, 2012. As a member of Dawn Farm’s Tobacco Cessation team, Anna helped to develop, implement and facilitate Dawn Farm’s tobacco cessation initiative.