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Meet MAT: He's in Recovery -- What everyone needs to know about Medication-Assisted Treatment, abstinence and more

Melissa J. Henke, MD

MAT refers to FDA-approved medications to support individuals in their treatment of SUD, while
abstinence often means the complete avoidance of mood-altering substances. So, how do you
know which approach is right for you or your loved ones? And, what are the most important
things to know about both MAT and abstinence?

Narcotics Anonymous: A Proven Program of Recovery

Chris Budrick

In our July Family Forum, we separated fact from fiction regarding NA and its mission to help anyone with
SUD — regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion — to stop using drugs, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live.

The Healing Power of Creativity: How music, art and other creative expression aids in addiction recovery

Anna Byberg, President at Dawn Farm; David Awadalla and Bryce Cobb III

At ourJune Family Forum we invited you to learn more about the healing power of creativity The discussion, led by Anna Byberg, President at Dawn Farm, talked about the importance of expression in the recovery journey. Later in the program David Awadalla and Bryce Cobb III talk about their recovery journey.

Breathe Easy: How a Smoke-Free Recovery Can Lower Your Risk of Relapse

Panel includes: Clifford E. Douglas, J.D., Alena Williams, LMSW, Caravella McCuistian Ph.D.

For our April Family Forum, we’ll examine the link between cigarette smoking and relapse rates; explore the tobacco industry’s role in creating addiction; and provide guidance on how to quit smoking safely and affordably. And, while most SUD programs do not address tobacco use, we’ll reveal why long-term treatment outcomes are better for those who quit smoking.

Recovery and the Courts: How Our Criminal Justice System Is Shaping Addiction Treatment

Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and Eli Savit, Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County

In the state of Michigan, many courts, prosecutors, and law-enforcement agencies are working to move beyond criminalization and re-think their approach to addiction. These esteemed legal professionals shared their perspectives on the evolving role of the courts in drug treatment.

Understanding Relapse: A New Perspective and Guide

Sanford Behavioral Health Founder and President Rae Green, and Clinical Therapist Carli Noffsinger

FOur December Family Forum presented a new perspective on relapse as a natural consequence of chronic disease. Two leading experts from Sanford Behavioral Health — Founder and President Rae Green and Clinical Therapist Carli Noffsinger — provided a practical guide to addressing relapse.

ADDICTION: Is It Really a Disease, and If So, So What?

Dr. Lynn Hankes, MD, FASAM

Those struggling with substance use disorders are often on the receiving end of negative perceptions, attitudes and sentiments that can act as a roadblock to recovery.

The Truth About Teens and Marijuana

Carl Christensen, MD, Oh.D., FASAM

Our September Family Forum shed light on the negative impact of marijuana, or cannabis, on teens and adolescents. Guest speaker Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FASAM, discussed how marijuana use can affect the developing brain — often with harmful and long-lasting consequences to a teen’s health and well-being.

Bringing Recovery Into Hospitals

Panel Discussion

At our August family forum, Washtenaw FAN hosted a panel of experts representing some of Michigan’s largest healthcare systems who are committed to changing the way we view and treat SUDs.

The Link Between Diet, Mental Health and Addiction

Kristen Alott, ND, MS and Natasha Duarte, MS

As many people struggle with chronic anxiety, fatigue and depression, they experience cravings and addictions to soothe these discomforts. Kristen and Natasha are passionate about helping you develop tools to improve the body’s power supply. The result? Less anxiety and cravings, and more energy and mental clarity to support a more engaged life.

The Self-Expression Experience: Methods for Healing and Bonding in Recovery

Dylan Lundgren

TEDx Speaker and Addiction Recovery Advocate Dylan Lundgren shares how expression is the road on which we reconnect to ourselves and the world.

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Soaring Above Addiction: A Former Airline Captain's Story of Recovery

Lyle Prouse

From respected pilot to national disgrace and subsequent return to the cockpit, Lyle shes his remarkable story of recovery and how other may do the same.

Families Against Narcotics - Washtenaw Chapter

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