Dick Dimond, left, and Dan Johnson will lead a series of educational events related to addiction at the Southwest Harbor Public Library starting on April 26. ISLANDER FILE PHOTOS

Addiction education series planned



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Acadia Family Center will hold a free, three-part educational series about alcohol and drug addiction at the Southwest Harbor Public Library starting in April.

Dick Dimond will lead the first session, “Addiction Is a Brain Disease,” on Wednesday, April 26, from 6-7:30 p.m. He will review the current understanding of how addiction alters brain function, which in turn explains some of the consequences of addiction.

In “Developmental Implications of Addiction” on Wednesday, May 3, from 6-7:30 p.m., Dan Johnson will review the developmental risks of addiction, which types of personality are most at risk and strategies to minimize these risks.

In “Addiction Treatment, Recovery and Prevention” on Wednesday, May 10, from 6-7:30 p.m., Johnson will review current treatment methods, the potentials for recovery and the essential role of prevention.

Johnson is the executive director of the Acadia Family Center. Dimond is a retired physician, the steering committee chair of the Hancock County Adult Drug Court and a member of the Acadia Family Center’s board of trustees.

Acadia Family Center is Mount Desert Island’s only licensed outpatient center for treatment of alcohol and other drug use, addiction and related mental health disorders. In addition, the center provides prevention and education services to MDI and its surrounding communities.

Contact Acadia Family Center at 244-4012, visit acadiafamilycenter.org or call the Southwest Harbor Public Library at 244-7065.

Updated to reflect a change in time on April 24 at 8:59 a.m.

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