Coming soon: Dawn Farm announces March 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!

March programs will include:

March 5, 2019 (part one) and March 12, 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 its effects, 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.

March 19, 2019, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: “Does Addiction Treatment Work?” will be presented by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, D-FASAM. Recent publications claim to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however, conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. Feel confused? Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues. The presentation will include a short discussion of naloxone (Narcan) resuscitation. 

March 26, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm:”Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery” will be presented by Jerry Fouchey, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine Therapist and Didactic Group Facilitator; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. This program will explain theories of grief and grief recovery, describe losses that people with substance use disorders and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and discuss how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss. The presentation will include a powerful personal story of grief, loss and recovery. 

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.

E-Mail: .

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