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Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Feb 1, 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


 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.”