News & Events for the Week of 8/2/21
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FAN Friends & Family...
Summer arrived, we blinked, and all of a sudden it's the first week of August! And that means (drum roll, please!). . .

It's Run Drugs Out of Town Week!!!
This Saturday, August 7th, is the big day! We're back, live and in person, with our very favorite event at Fraser High School.

  • Friday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Race packet pickup at Fraser High School field
  • Saturday, 8:00 am: Check-in & registration
  • Saturday, 9:00 am: Ceremonies begin, followed by the run/walk

And if you haven't yet registered to run or walk this year's 5K with us, it's not too late! You can either register in-person at Fraser High School on Saturday morning (beginning at 8:00), or register online now by clicking the button below.
We need your assistance, so please come out and support Families Against Narcotics! Your participation enables us to keep helping individuals and families who have been impacted by addiction! By helping us, you are helping others!
UPCOMING FAN FUNDRAISERS!
FAN'S HOPE CLASSIC GOLF OUTING IS SOLD OUT!
We'd like to thank everyone who has signed up to golf in our Hope Classic golf outing. We've sold out all of our foursomes and are looking forward to seeing everyone at Gowanie Golf Club in Harrison Township on Monday, August 9th.
SAVE THE DATE FOR FAN'S ANNUAL FALL FEST!

Tuesday, October 5th: FAN Fall Fest at The Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township
If you'd like to help us help others, please feel free to click here to make a donation--large or small--to FAN. We can always use your assistance! And for an overview of all the programs FAN offers, click HERE.
THIS WEEK'S FAN EVENTS
Monday, August 2nd
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
Tuesday, August 3rd
7:00 pm: NORTHWEST WAYNE FAN GRIEF SUPPORT Offering help, healing, and support for those who have lost loved ones to addiction. You are not alone. This in-person meeting takes place at the PC Alano Club, 8669 N. Lilley Rd., Canton, MI 48107 (in the plaza at the corner of Lilley and Old Lilley Rd.). For more information, see THIS FLYER.
Wednesday, August 4th
7:00 pm: VIRTUAL NALOXONE TRAINING (open to all Michigan residentsTake this 1-hour class via Zoom and get a free naloxone kit--with 2 nasal spray doses of Narcan--mailed directly to your home. Naloxone is easily administered and can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Get trained and become a potential lifesaver! MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
Thursday, August 5th
6:00 pm: MACOMB FAN IN-PERSON STRONGER TOGETHER FAMILY & FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING This group meets on the first and third Thursday of every month at the Families Against Narcotics office, located at 18900 15 Mile Rd. in Clinton Township. The in-person format allows people to meet and connect face-to-face, which can be very helpful. Remember, your loved one may be struggling with a substance use disorder, but you have to work on your own recovery. YOU are the only person you can control and YOUR life matters, too! There are a limited number of spots available for this meeting, so register early so you don't miss out. REGISTER HERE
7:30 pm: WASHTENAW FAN PRESENTS VIRTUAL YOGA FOR RECOVERY These free virtual yoga classes are for individuals who are in or seeking recovery, as well as their family members. Yoga and mindfulness can help decrease stress, cravings, and impulsivity. For more information, or to register (required), click HERE. Or download this FLYER.
Friday, August 6th
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
Saturday, August 7th
WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE AT FRASER HIGH SCHOOL!
FUTURE EVENTS, FORUMS & MORE
UPCOMING FAN EVENTS
HOPE HEROES ALUMNI PICNIC IS AUGUST 29TH!
We are incredibly proud of all of the "graduates" of our Hope Not Handcuffs program and want to celebrate their recovery! Please join us on Sunday, August 29th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, for our annual Hope Heroes Alumni Picnic! There will be a barbecue from 12 to 3, outdoor games, refreshments, beverages, and a whole lot of community! It's all happening at the Armed Forces Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park, located at Jefferson & Masonic is St. Clair Shores. We want to see you there! After all, what's better than a summer picnic?!? Please RSVP to Lisa by texting her at (586) 855-4701. For more information, see THIS FLYER.
MACOMB OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY VIGIL IS AUGUST 31ST
Tuesday, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day, and the Macomb chapter of FAN will be holding our annual candlelight vigil at Paradox Church in Warren. The event runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and all are welcome. This gathering will celebrate and remember the lives of those who have tragically been lost to drug or alcohol addiction. We will also offer support to those who grieve the loss of their loved ones. Finally, we will honor those in recovery, because with education, encouragement, and determination... RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. 
Scalici's Wood Fired Pizza will have their food truck on-site with delicious pizza available for purchase.
To include your loved one in the memorial video that will be shown at this event, please submit the following to lindaforfan@gmail.com by August 21st:​
  • Four or fewer photos: one as a child, one with family/friends, and a recent photo.
  • Birth and death dates.
  • One to three sentences about your loved one.

For more details, check out THIS FLYER. You can also visit the event's Facebook page.
UPCOMING FAN FORUMS
FAN Forums are open to the entire community as a resource for navigating substance use disorder, and truly a place to learn, listen, grow, and share.
Monday, August 2nd, at 6:30 pm
NORTHWEST WAYNE FAN IN-PERSON FORUM
Location: Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI 48188. Topic: "Addiction and Adolescents." Northwest Wayne FAN is back to live and in-person forums and the can't wait to see you! For this forum, they are delighted to welcome Dr. Brian Spitsbergen, Chief Operating Officer of Wellspring Academy, Michigan’s FIRST Recovery High School. Dr. Spitsbergen will discuss the unique challenges faced by young people with substance use disorders in achieving and maintaining recovery, and the importance of recovery high schools to support that effort. For more information, see THIS FLYER.
Monday, August 9th, at 6:00 pm
DETROIT FAN VIRTUAL FORUM
Topic: "Traditional and Holistic Services to Assist Others in Psychological and Emotional Well-Being." Detroit FAN's August forum features Dr. Rose Moten (Dr. Rose), director of BLOOM Transformation Center and a fully licensed clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and life-transformation coach. Dr. Rose artfully blends traditional and holistic methods to provide clients with practical techniques proven to transform even the most challenging circumstances. She has been featured nationally on TV, radio, and in newspapers. All are welcome to attend this forum via Zoom. For more information, including Zoom meeting info, see THIS FLYER.
Monday, August 9th, at 7:00 pm
WASHTENAW FAN VIRTUAL FORUM
Topic: "Bringing Recovery into Hospitals."
Although COVID-19 cases are finally on the decline, Michigan healthcare providers continue to battle an ever-growing overdose epidemic. According to new data from the CDC, the U.S. saw 90,000 overdose deaths in 2020; the most on record since the CDC started tracking those statistics in 1999. Now, supported by recent legislation and grants from the state, our healthcare providers are working to improve the level of care for those affected by Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and eradicate long-ingrained stigma that compromises care for patients in need. At our August Family Forum, Washtenaw FAN will host a panel of experts representative of some of Michigan’s largest healthcare systems who are committed to changing the way we view and treat SUDs. Join us for this engaging discussion on much needed SUD-treatment reform and learn how health systems can use empathetic, evidence-based treatments to go beyond treating overdoses, and to treat the underlying disease of addiction, as well. You can find more information about this meeting in THIS FLYER, or register in advance (required) for the forum HERE.
Tuesday, August 17th, at 7:00 pm
MACOMB FAN IN-PERSON FORUM
Location: Paradox Church, 28241 Mound Road, Warren, MI 48092Topic: "Family Recovery: Responding to the Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Children." Join us in person for a discussion about elements of child development impacted by a parental substance use disorder, as well as navigating recovery from a family perspective. Our guest speaker will be Rebecca Asni, a school social worker at James Rodgers Elementary in the Lake Shore school district. She will cover characteristics of family systems and common developmental traits of children from families with a substance use disorder. Strategies to address those maladaptive traits and restore healthy family roles will also be discussed. Rebecca has a longstanding passion for working with youth and holds a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University, with a concentration in cognitive behavioral theory and practice. Over the past six years, she has worked with children and adolescents in numerous diverse residential and educational settings, driven by her philosophy that bolstering the wellness of our youth ultimately ensures a successful future for our communities on a larger scale. There will also be a free naloxone training prior to the forum, beginning at 5:45 pm. This training includes a free naloxone kit with 2 nasal spray doses of Narcan. Registration is not required for the forum, but is required for the naloxone training. To register for the naloxone training, CLICK HERE.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR FAN? IF SO, WE NEED YOU!
Families Against Narcotics would not exist without the help of the amazing volunteers who devote their time and effort to making our programs and events successful. And we have lots of volunteer opportunities available. They include things like answering our Hope Line, helping with our Hope Not Handcuffs program, assisting with our upcoming Run Drugs Out of Town and Hope Classic golf outing fundraisers, doing data entry, and more. Everyone has skills that can help FAN do what it does! To find out more about how you can make a difference, or to sign up, go to THIS LINK.
PLEASE CONSIDER COOKING (OR PURCHASING) SUNDAY DINNER FOR KYLE'S HOUSE SOBER LIVING HOME
Kyle's House, a sober living home in Fraser, was started by one of the founding members of FAN. Since 2011, FAN has been facilitating volunteer-cooked (or purchased) Sunday meals for the home's residents. If you'd be interested in providing a Sunday dinner for 15-18 men in recovery, we (and especially they) would love it. And you don't have to be a gourmet chef, either. Just cook from your heart like you would for your own family! Meals can be delivered between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the Sunday that you choose. For more information, or to sign up to bring a little bit of home cooking to the courageous men at Kyle's House, go to the "Meals at Kyle's House" page on our website.
NOTE: In light of the recent changes to Michigan's mask requirements, venues for in-person meetings may or may not require that you wear a face covering. We ask that you please respect the venue's mask policy when attending an in-person event..
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