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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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Stigma-Free Communities Initiative Faith Organization Toolkit

Source: Morris County, New Jersey Stigma-Free Communities Initiative

This toolkit was designed to assist faith-based organizations in creating stigma-free communities. The toolkit includes information about stigma, a sample resolution for organizations to adopt, and information about forming a task force, creating an action plan, and communicating with the press.

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Morris County Proud to Be Stigma-Free

Source: Morris County, New Jersey Stigma-Free Communities Initiative

Morris County, New Jersey’s Proud to Be Stigma-Free Initiative’s website includes educational information about stigma and how it impedes individuals from seeking help for substance use disorder or mental health conditions. It also includes a community pledge and tool-kits for local municipalities, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations.

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Recovery Reinvented

Source: Recovery Reinvented

Recovery Reinvented is an initiative of the North Dakota Behavioral Health Division led by North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum who herself is in long term recovery for over 18 years. The goal of Recovery Reinvented is to eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction in North Dakota through education and promoting proven prevention, treatment and recovery approaches.

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Determinism and Destigmatization: Mitigating Blame for Addiction

Source: T.W. Clark

This philosophical and scientific exploration of understanding addiction and stigma explores various models explaining addictive behavior, and presents a model of “pragmatic determinism” that recognizes an individual’s genetic or social factors may contribute to the development of addiction while also acknowledging that empowering an individual’s ability to make choices in a compassionate and effective treatment program can also be essential for treatment and recovery.

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Understanding Drug Related Stigma

Source: Harm Reduction Coalition

This website is the home page for the Harm Reduction Coalition’s training program on Understanding Drug-Related Stigma. The site includes information about obtaining a training as well as training materials, which are also included in CLOUD.

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The Real Stigma of Substance Use Disorders: Does it Matter How We Talk About People with Substance Use Disorder?

Source: Recovery Research Institute

This web page summarizes a study that looked at the effects of language on  attitudes towards people who use substances. The study offered participants two descriptions of individuals — a person who was a “substance abuser” or a person who “had a substance use disorder” – and then asked several questions about the participant’s impressions of these persons.

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Anti-Stigma Toolkit

Source: Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center & The Danya Institute

This toolkit is designed for people who want to engage in efforts to reduce addiction-related stigma. The toolkit can help addiction treatment professionals and community groups to create multi-component stigma prevention and stigma reduction campaigns.

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