The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE annual series providing helpful, hopeful, practical information about addiction, recovery, family concerns and related issues. This unique resource will begin its 28th year on September 18, 2018!
To many, the face of addiction is sculpted by what we most often hear and see: overdose deaths, repeated celebrity relapses, people in the late-stage of addiction seeming to live only for their next drink or drug – images of hopelessness and despair. The truth is, people in long-term recovery from addiction are everywhere in our community, but the face of recovery is not as obviously visible as the face of addiction. It’s no wonder that when addiction hits home, people feel isolated, frightened, hopeless, and unsure of where to turn. The Dawn Farm Education Series is designed to reduce the misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent people with addiction and their families from getting help and getting well, and to help create a community culture that supports recovery. The Education Series helps our community learn how people with addiction can achieve and sustain long term recovery; and how family, friends and others can support recovery and restore well-being to their own lives. This series is attended by people from areas throughout Southeast and Mid-Michigan.
Here are a few highlights:
- The series will kick-off on September 18 with “Addiction 101,“ a perennial favorite by Dawn Farm’s President Jim Balmer; followed on September 25 by Dr. Lynn Malinoff discussing “Addiction and Families.”
- Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and author of two best-selling books, will present “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship” (also the title of his second book.) Father Boyle will share how compassion, kindness, and kinship are the tools to fight despair and decrease marginalization.
- Best-selling authors Debra and Jeff Jay will reprise their popular program on “Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family.” In addition, Jeff Jay will present a new program on “Navigating Grace: The Power of Connection and Transformation” highlighting the transformative influence of personal connection, service and altruism, liberally illustrated with Jeff’s inspiring personal remembrances.
- Additional new programs will address Addiction and Older Adults; Parenting in Recovery; Smoking, Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders and Recovery; Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Addiction; Mutual Aid and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders; and Coordinating a Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic.
- The series will also include programs addressing Relapse Prevention, Co-Occurring Disorders; Spirituality in Recovery, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and Substance Use/SUDs, Mindfulness, Pain Management and Addiction, Personal Medicine, and Does Addiction Treatment Work?.
WHO: The series is designed to have broad appeal for diverse audiences. People in recovery, people interested in recovery, family members, friends, students, professionals, and anyone interested in any topic are all welcome! The series is organized by Dawn Farm, a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 that provides a continuum of quality of services for people with substance use disorders.
WHEN and WHERE: The series will kick-off September 18, 2018 and continue through June 2019. All programs will be held from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm. All programs except April 30, 2019 will be held at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti; the April 30, 2019 program by Father Gregory Boyle will be held at the Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, located in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.
MORE INFORMATION: Please contact us or visit us at www.dawnfarm.org for more information.