About MIrecovery

About MIrecovery.info

This website is a collaborative project that began in the Substance Use Disorder workgroup as part of the Kent County Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan. The workgroup is focused on collaborative efforts to improve health outcomes related to substance use disorder throughout Kent County. With input from over 15 local organizations, the need for a comprehensive website was clear. The workgroup brought together The Grand Rapids Red Project, Recovery Allies of West Michigan, and the Kent County Health Department to launch MIrecovery.info in 2016. You can learn more about the Substance Use Disorder workgroup and attend monthly meetings by contacting Sharon Schmidt, Public Health Educator at the Kent County Health Department, at sharon.schmidt@kentcountymi.gov.

This publication is supported by a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/Bureau of Community Based Services, Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, through Lakeshore Regional Entity. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of MDHHS/OROSC or LRE.

The MIrecovery team:

Brian Keeley
Strategic Sciences L3C,
MIrecovery Project Director

Kristin Reinink
Recovery Allies of West Michigan
MIrecovery.info Database & Resource Specialist

Jon Bell
Company Bell Design & Marketing
Creative Lead & Website Developer

Purpose

The purpose of this website is to implement a recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC) strategy by creating a user-friendly website, with an accompanying stigma-reduction marketing campaign, to assist in the access and navigation of substance use treatment and recovery support services throughout West Michigan.

A simple, easy, and comprehensive website did not previously exist to assist individuals who are searching for substance use treatment resources or recovery support. The information on this website also serves to prevent the development of new substance use disorders (SUDs), to expand awareness and knowledge about  substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction, and to reduce inequalities in our healthcare system. This website is one tool to use in these efforts, and we ask the community to join us in continuing to design, create, and implement more recovery oriented systems of care strategies.

One of the best ways that you can help right now is by letting us know what you think about MIrecovery.info. Click on the little blue box below to complete a short survey on your experience.

Thank you!

Recovery from Substance Use Disorder and Addiction

There is no singular path or treatment or support group for everyone(cite). Simply put— some treatments and support services work for some people. Surveys estimate that only about 10% of people who can benefit from treatment actually receive treatment. Success rates of treatment for substance use disorder are difficult to measure, yet are widely accepted to be about 40%-60% successful, which is similar to treatments for other chronic illnesses. The variation cannot be explained by differences in strength nor will-power because substance use disorder and addiction are identified as chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, we do not have a cure yet. However, recovery does happen for over 23.5 million people across the US.

Recovery happens. Recovery is for everyone. We can create a community that better supports people with substance use disorder and addiction, which is the foundational belief of recovery oriented systems of care. The recovery community continues to grow, and recent advancements shine brightly upon the possibilities of the future. As more people are able to share their stories and experiences openly, more people are also able to benefit from reduced stigma. We are grateful to be a part of these efforts to increase access to services and improve the quality of life for everyone impacted by substance use disorder and addiction.

To continue learning more about substance use disorder, addiction, and recovery, please check out our FAQs.