Coming Soon: Dawn Farm announces January programs


The Dawn Farm Education series and Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do series provide helpful, hopeful, practical information covering a variety of topics related to substance use disorders and recovery. Anyone interested is invited to attend these free community education programs!

January programs will include:

January 8, 2019 (part one) and January 15, 2019 (part two,) 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. “Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do” is a free, ongoing, two-part education series presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services for parents, teens, families and professionals.  Part One provides information on understanding teen substance use and recognizing signs that may indicate a young person is involved with alcohol/other drugs. Part Two includes separate sessions for adults to learn “what to do” to help when an adolescent substance use problem is suspected and for teens to explore their beliefs about and use of substances; adults and teens also hear a talk by a young person in recovery from a substance disorder.

“Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction” will be presented on Tuesday January 22, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM; and Mark A. Weiner, MD, D-FASAM. The Institute of Medicine estimates around a 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, and it’s estimated that about 10% of our population has or has had a substance use disorder. In the midst of an opioid “crisis” and an “epidemic” of opioid overdose and death: how can people in recovery from substance use disorders find safe and effective pain relief that won’t trigger craving or relapse? How can people with chronic pain find safe and effective pain relief that won’t put them at risk for addiction? The good news is there are effective strategies for both acute and chronic pain management that are safe and effective for people at risk of or in recovery from substance use disorders.  This presentation will discuss various methods of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management and their relative risks and benefits, and describe creative approaches to effective pain relief for people in recovery from substance use disorders.

“Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction” will be presented on Tuesday January 29, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP; Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University. )Current research highlights the relationship between substance use, substance addiction and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use, and how to aid individuals struggling with trauma and substance use disorders.

WHO’S IT FOR: People interested for any reason, personal or professional – ALL ARE WELCOME!
LOCATION: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.
ADMISSION:  Admission is FREE and open to all.  No registration is required.
SPONSOR: The programs are organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of treatment and recovery support services for people with substance use disorders.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For information, please contact Dawn Farm:
Phone: (734) 485-8725.
Web sites:
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“Teens Using Drugs” series:


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