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Spotlight: Recovery Reinvented

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Helgaas Burgum created Recovery Reinvented to end the shame and stigma that often accompanies people in recovery from addiction. As a person in long term recovery herself, she saw the need to empower people to seek help by openly talking about addiction and reality of recovery. Recovery Reinvented holds events in North Dakota with the goal of ending shame and stigma and creating recovery supportive communities. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Stigma and Negative Stereotypes

Despite the overwhelming evidence that medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are effective at treating opioid use disorder, objections to medication assisted treatment (MAT) are still common. The resources in this collection are intended to help dispell the myths and negative stereotypes about MAT.

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Polysubstance Use: The Norm Not The Exception

Source: Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center's Grayken for Addiction

This 7 minute video titled “Polysubstance Use: The Norm Not The Exception” from a clinician at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction explains that health care providers are likely to encounter poly-substance use in their patients and describes how and why patients might use multiple substances.

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Tell Me What to Say: How to Approach Challenging Patient Conversations

Source: Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center's Grayken for Addiction

This 6 minute video titled “Tell Me What to Say: How to Approach Challenging Patient Conversations” from a clinician at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction provides guidance for providers having difficult conversations with patients about addiction treatment in clinical settings.

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Distorted Perceptions

Source: On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. and The Anti-Stigma Project

Distorted Perceptions is a public education campaign to counter stigma experienced by individuals with mental health or substance use disorder conditions.

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#StateWithoutStigMA Television Ad

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 30 second public service advertisement describes the importance of rethinking attitudes and actions towards individuals with addiction to encourage their ability to achieve recovery. The ad features people speaking in a cafe and emphasizes the message that addiction is a brain disease and can be treated like other chronic health conditions.

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Stories of Stigma: Cotto’s Story – Spanish

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute Spanish language video tells the story of Cotto who achieved recovery from his 25-year opioid addiction. Cotto talks about how the stigma he experienced while using prevented him from believing in himself and his ability to recover.

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Stories of Stigma: Cotto’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells the story of Cotto who achieved recovery from his 25-year opioid addiction. Cotto talks about how the stigma he experienced while using prevented him from believing in himself and his ability to recover.

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Stories of Stigma: Mike’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells the story of Mike who speaks about how the shame of his opioid addiction led him to distance himself from his family and avoid treatment.

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Stories of Stigma: Stephanie’s Story

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This 1 minute video tells Stephanie’s story of the stigma she encountered due to her opioid addiction and how it discouraged her from seeking health care or treatment.

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