Language and Stigma

By Tim Shewcraft, 2019 Does language have effect because it is powerful or, rather, is language powerful because it has effect? While these questions may differ only slightly, the implications of their answers could not be more dissimilar. To affirm the former would be to say that language has power from the moment that it leaves the mouth of the speaker; whereas, an affirmation of the latter would imply that language derives its power only upon entering the ear of the one spoken to. Now, imagine that after much debate consisting of a lot of big words and confusing loops…

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Can you help?

Dear Friends, I’m asking you to join us in our battle to combat addiction and stigma in our community. Your gift–any amount–will help us SO MUCH as we continue to fight the opioid crisis and the chaos and violence that comes with it. Your money goes directly to our educational programs, to help keep drugs out of the hands of our children. To our treatment programs, where we heal individuals so they can start the healing in their families. To the hospitals, where our Recovery Coaches help overdose patients brought back from the dead (with Narcan), to find recovery and…

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Ryan’s Story

Ryan S. grew up in Wayne County, Michigan, and at age 15 was “dabbling in pot and alcohol.” At 16, after having oral surgery, he was prescribed Vicodin for pain. He immediately liked the drug, and wanted more. Ryan’s use slowly escalated until, by his senior year in high school, he was a daily user of Oxycontin. Ryan worked hard and had money, but even so, his habit was costly: $40-$50 for a single Oxycontin pill! Like many people addicted to pills, eventually it just cost too much, and Ryan switched to heroin.  His life took a turn for the worse. Overwhelmed by his addiction, Ryan lost the trust and support of his family,…

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Home of New Vision’s Recovery Coaches are Battling the Opioid Epidemic One Patient at a Time

You might walk past them on the street and never know Robert Johnson and Sundae Maas are modern-day heroes. Quiet and unassuming, Robert could be a college professor, with his close-cropped gray hair, the button-down collar shirt and narrow, black-framed glasses. Sundae has the “rock star,” personality, with her blonde hair, big smile and fashionable tastes. But, different as they are, Robert and Sundae share their passion and love in fighting the opioid epidemic, while tirelessly helping others. In long-term recovery themselves, both are Recovery Coaches with HNV’s Project ASSERT, Sundae stationed in the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, and Robert at the Psychiatric…

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