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People Like Me: Mutual Aid and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders - April 2019

Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series

Release Date: 04/27/2019

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This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about substance use disorders, recovery, family and related issues. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

About the presenter:
Todd Diana
Todd Diana has been a member of Dawn Farm's staff since 2013. He has worked in several capacities at Dawn Farm--as a Detox Counselor, Group Facilitator, Administrative Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist. Todd has lived in Michigan since 1984, when he moved back to Ann Arbor to attend graduate school. He'd completed his BA in History at the University of Washington, and it was while living in Seattle that Todd was first introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous, to Narcotics Anonymous, to Al-Anon, and to various other recovery groups and programs. He is an alumni of Dawn Farm and an active member of the local recovery community.