May events: Dawn Farm’s free community education programs


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

May 7, 2019 (part one) and May 14, 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 the effects  of 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 substance use and the personal effects of substance use; adults and teens also hear a talk by a young person in recovery from a substance disorder.

May 21, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: “Relapse Prevention” will be presented by Erik Anderson, LMSW, CAADC;Embedded Social Worker, College of Engineering for Counseling and Psychological Services at University of Michigan. Substance addiction has been identified as an illness that requires long-term management.  Relapse is a process that begins before alcohol/other drug use is resumed and is usually preceded by a pattern of progressive warning signs. This program will discuss the dynamics of relapse, factors that contribute to relapse, signs that may forewarn of relapse, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and creative, effective strategies to handle both every-day and high-risk situations.

May 28, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: “Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery” will be presented by Jeremy Suttles, MSE, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Hospital – Adult Inpatient Psychiatry. When substance use disorders and a mental health disorder co-occur, the symptoms of one influence the symptoms and treatment of the other, and diagnosing and treating these disorders can be challenging for both providers and individuals.  This presentation will provide an overview of what co-occurring disorders are, how they are identified, their prevalence, and the most effective methods of treatment.  Emphasis will be placed on a comprehensive model of recovery that provides for emotional and physical health recovery as well as ongoing sobriety.

LOCATION: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.

WHO’S IT FOR: People interested for any reason, personal or professional – ALL ARE WELCOME!

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.


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