Addiction 101

Addiction 101

(Presentation date September 16, 2014)

This program will examine the dynamics of drinking and drug use, review addiction as a brain disease and describe the process of recovery from chemical dependency. Participants will learn how individuals experience drinking and drug use, gain an understanding of the basic process and diagnosis of addiction, gain a basic understanding of how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and become familiar with the tools utilized to treat addiction.


The goal of this program is to provide participants with an overview of the dynamics of addiction and recovery, and of the role of the brain in addiction.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three or more occurrences in the typical time line of progression of alcohol/other drug use, using the “feeling chart.”
  2. Discuss five or more characteristics common to people with a diagnosis of addiction.
  3. State one or more ways in which the functioning of the midbrain of a person with addiction differs from that of a person who does not have addiction.
  4. Describe two or more differences between the “traditional therapeutic approach” to addiction and the approach used in Alcoholics Anonymous.

About the presenter:

James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm

jimJim Balmer is the President of Dawn Farm. Jim was involved with Dawn Farm as a community member when it began in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983. Jim has led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the organization it is today; with two residential treatment programs, a sub-acute detox, outpatient services, a detention-based adolescent program, street outreach, jail outreach and several transitional housing sites. Jim has trained addiction professionals around Michigan and the United States, as well as the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He co-authored an article that was featured in Addiction Professional magazine. Jim is in the process of writing a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s history, mission and values, which he extensively researched on a recent sabbatical.

Number of CE hours offered:

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC. A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

Course Content

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