Calendar of Events
September 24, 2013
“The Anonymous People” is an important, inspirational, award-winning new documentary film about the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This free public reception and screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a moving, motivating testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery.
Virtually everyone knows someone in recovery from addiction – but more often than not they do not know that the person is in recovery. While the face of addiction is familiar, the face of recovery from addiction has been hidden behind practical concerns of stigma, shame and anonymity. Now, the recovering people among us are no longer willing to remain silent and let others define them. People in recovery from addiction are lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions for America’s top health problem. Public screenings of this film are shattering deeply embedded societal stereotypes and countering the stigma of addiction with the hope and reality of long-term recovery.
The event is sponsored by: University of Michigan Students for Recovery; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program; University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services; Dawn Farm, and the Washtenaw Alano Club.
Read more about the documentary at http://www.theanonymouspeople.com
“How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction” will be presented on Tuesday September 24, 2013; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM. The course of an individual’s alcohol/other drug addiction may be strongly influenced by family members, friends, employers and others. The disease of addiction is often poorly understood, and the behaviors of a person with addiction are often bewildering to family and friends. Well-intentioned but poorly-informed individuals may inadvertently enable addiction to progress by shielding the person with addiction from consequences. When all else has failed – what does work when confronted with a loved one’s addiction? What does not work? What can others do to help? What does not help? What role does an individual play in supporting another person’s recovery process? These and other questions will be addressed in order to assist participants to find effective methods to successfully support another person’s recovery, avoid enabling another person’s addiction, and maintain their own health and well-being. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues; and to dispel the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent chemically dependent individuals and their families from getting help and getting well. The Education Series is designed to help people with alcoholism or other drug addictions to achieve, maintain and strengthen their recovery; assist family members and friends to understand and support recovery in people they care about as well as maintain their own health and well-being; aid professionals and students in various disciplines to work effectively with people with addictions and their families and support their recovery process; and contribute to a community culture supportive of recovery. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by NAADAC (National Association for Addiction Professionals) and MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals) is offered for each program. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or [email protected], or see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.