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My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues
My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues


BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- Residents of Belding, Encounter Community Church, Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) and Ionia County Health Department met Thursday for a candid conversation about substance use related concerns.

Over sixty-eight people attended the community conversation to share their experiences, ask questions, and learn what local substance use disorder (SUD) resources are available.

ICSAI staff provided an overview of the prevention and treatment services, as well as other resources available. These services include assessments, individual and group outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient therapy, intervention programs for teens experimenting with substances and referrals to detox and inpatient treatment. The ICSAI also provides resources to local community supports; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Families Anonymous (FA) meetings and ICSAI offers parenting programs, smoking cessation support, women’s specialty services and assistance with Medicaid and Healthy Michigan applications.

Community members presented the “Smart Recovery” program sharing their experiences with the program and how it helped them with their recovery journey. SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from addiction The ICSAI and Smart Recovery Coaches are working together to bring this opportunity to Ionia County.

A special thank you to Mayor Gunderson, Chief of Police Nelson, Robert Brown, Encounter

Community Church, Ionia County Health Department and the Belding community for making this event such a success.

The Ionia County Health Department seeks to help residents live long and healthy lives through the assurance of environmental quality, the access to personal health services, and the dissemination of information to make wise health decisions.

For more information about substance use treatment or other Community Health programs, please contact the Ionia County Health Department at 616-527-5341 or visit our website at http://www.ioniacounty.org/health-department/.