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Washtenaw Meeting Recaps

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.

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.

Families Against Narcotics - Washtenaw Chapter

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