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New website provides centralized information, resources for people with addiction

Learn about MIRecovery.info, a website that details services available for addiction to a substance, in this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.
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NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

Brian Keeley, Grand Rapids Red Project

Brian Keeley, Grand Rapids Red Project /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Brian Keeley of the Grand Rapids Red Project discusses MIREcovery.info, a one-stop website that provides information on services for people with addiction and their loved ones.

The new website was created through a partnership of the Grand Rapids Red Project, Recovery Allies of West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department and Network 180. Earlier this year, these partners received a grant to create an advertising campaign to reduce negative stigma against people with substance use disorders. The website was created as part of that campaign.

Often, people struggling with addiction or substance use disorder encounter stigmas against themselves, from their friends or family, from medical professionals, or even from advertising that is intended to help them. This can make them feel disempowered or discriminated against, and as a result, they may not seek services or support, and could experience an exacerbation of addiction and mental health difficulties.

That’s why the Grand Rapids Red Project, along with their community partners, came together around this campaign to reduce stigma and encourage anyone that needs assistance with substance use disorder to seek resources and assistance.

Keeley provides these tips for reducing stigma and creating more positive advertising campaigns:

  • Do: Show positive depictions, promote inclusion, share success stories of those in recovery
  • Don’t: create negative assumptions, use a statistical approach, show negative imagery

“First and foremost, it’s changing from negative to positive…what it comes down to is identifying more similarities than differences [between us],” Keeley said.

Watch the NPO Showcase segment above to learn how you can help to reduce stigma against people with addiction and to find out more about MIREcovery.info. You can also learn more about the Grand Rapids Red Project’s work on their website.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase.

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