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Washtenaw Meeting Recaps

From the Front Lines: Military Veterans and the Fight Against Addiction

Sazha Alexandra Ramos, Eric Fretz, PJ.D., and Jamaine Atkins

As our nation wages an ongoing war against substance misuse, U.S. military veterans are fighting their own set of challenges thatcan often lead to addiction.

Lead by a panel of recovery experts, the March Washtenaw FAN Family Forum addresses the unique difficulties that veterans face related to addiction — both during and after the military — and
the journey to recovery.

Navigating Intimate Relationships During Early Recovery

Panel of Recovery Experts

Although healthy relationships are foundational to recovery, romantic relationships—if not navigated carefully—can hinder the early recovery process.

Lead by a distinguished panel of recovery experts, our February Washtenaw FAN Family Forum: The Heart of the Matter: Navigating Intimate Relationships During Early Recovery, tackled the myriad of challenges that can arise when starting out on the path to recovery.

The discussion addressed both new and existing relationships, as well as specific recommendations for when one or both intimate parties are in recovery

Stop Standing in Your Own Way:
The Path from Hardship to Recovery

Antwan Brown

Hardship and adversity may seem like aninsurmountable roadblock to an individual in recovery.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, guest speaker Antwan J. Brown shares his inspiring
story of how he was able to emerge from an environment plagued by drugs and violence to find
prosperity and purpose—and how others can do the same.

Antwan shares how individuals can stop “standing in their own way” on the path to recovery using a success mindset: particularly those who encounter challenges based on their history, background or environment.

I'm Still A Person: Addressing Stigma Around Substance Misuse

Dr. Audrey Begun

Stigma has the potential to impede many aspects of an individual’s recovery process, as well as
detrimentally affect his or her family members.

Dr. Begun presents relevant, useful content regarding non-stigmatizing language concerning substance misuse and the impact of stigma on recovery efforts and individuals engaged in misuse— as well as on their families.

Hitting the Wall: How Sustained Crises Present Opportunities for Personal Transformation

Dr. Chantelle Thomas, PhD

While the COVID crisis has impacted us all in
different ways, we all share in the need for outlets
for destressing and decompressing during this
difficult time.

Join guest speaker and clinical psychologist Dr.
Chantelle Thomas for a discussion on how the
current pandemic crisis presents an opportunity to
understand and “live inside” the struggles inherent
to the recovery journey.

Navigating College While in Addiction Recovery: Critical Program for Peer Recovery Support

Hosted by Washtenaw Community College

Those in addiction recovery face many challenges as they re-construct their lives and create a life-long recovery focus.

While college living can be difficult for those in recovery, a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) can offer hope. A University-provided program, CRPs can provide a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use.

Hosted by Washtenaw FAN and Washtenaw Community College, the forum featuresstudents in recovery from 5 colleges and universities from around the state of Michigan who will share their personal experiences and perspectives relating to CRPs and their recovery journey.

America’s Other Epidemic: A New Approach to Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Nikki King

A powerhouse at age 28, Nikki King has become one of the leading voices on the opioid crisis in rural America—where, some 20 years into the epidemic, treatment options remain scarce even as overdose deaths continue to climb.

Nikki King is the Manager of the Behavioral Health and Addictions Services at a rural Critical Access Hospital. During that time, she's been a part of a team that has doubled the number of providers and dramatically increased services across four locations in this "extreme shortage area."

Join Nikki as she shares her fascinating story of how she worked tirelessly to provide better access for people in need in her community.

The Brain Science Behind Addiction and Recovery

Dr. Debra Hollander and Jessica Rosen, LAADC, E-RYT

In this workshop you will hear from American Board certified psychiatrist Dr. Debra Hollander about the brain science behind yoga and how it can aid recovery on a physiological basis. You will also hear from Jessica Rosen, LAADC, E-RYT: psychologist and owner of the yoga studio One Down Dog, about her experience working with clients in active addiction.

Ele's Place: Tour of the Heart

Peggy E. Galimberti, LMSW, ACSW and Nancy Biehn

Thank you to Peggy E. Galimberti, LMSW, ACSW and Nancy Biehn, from Ele’s Place Ann Arbor who donated their time and expertise to teach us how important it is to recognize grief in children, teens, young adults and their families. Although Washtneaw FAN’s mission is to help reduce the overdose deaths in our community, it is a reality our families are faced with in increasing numbers, especially during the COVID pandemic.

In their powerful presentation for our July Family Forum, Peggy and Nancy shared tips on how to provide support for a grieving person, particularly youth.

Breaking the Addiction Cycle

​Pam Feinberg-Rivkin and Steve Feldman

Getting our loved ones help with addiction and mental health issues is critical. However, we don't always know how and when to talk or what to say.

​Pam Feinberg-Rivkin, RB, and Founder and CEO of Feinberg Consulting and Steve Feldman, COO and Trained Interventionist, discuss how to approach loved ones who are struggling with substance use and/or mental health.

Families Against Narcotics - Washtenaw Chapter

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