The Indiana Harm Reduction Coalition is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. InHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource sharing, policy development, coalition building, and direct services for people negatively impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, HIV, Hepatitis C and poverty.
Headquartered here in Bloomington, the IRA is an active participant in the Indiana Harm Reduction Coalition. Largely because of their ineffective binary rhetoric, we stand in opposition to the ideas that animate conventional addiction treatment. We do offer referrals to local recovery services, but we do so without judgment and in a non-coercive way.
A Few of Our Partners and Affiliates:
The Indiana Recovery Alliance is proud to work with the following organizations:
Project Cultivate (Indiana University)
Positive Link HIV/AIDS (IU Health)
Harm Reduction Coalition
Midwest Harm Reduction Institute
Indiana Minority Health Coalition
HIV Modernization Movement
Foundations Family Medicine
Syringe Service Program (Scott County SSP)
The Harm Reduction Institute (Marion County SSP)
Gateway To Hope (Tippecanoe County SSP)
Indiana Recovery Alliance (Monroe County SSP)
Point of Hope (Fayette County SSP)
CARES (future Jackson County SSP)
Chicago Recovery Alliance (Chicagoland/Regional SSP)
Encourage and motivate the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in Indiana and surrounding states through leadership, advocacy, resource and policy development, and education.
Defining Harm Reduction:
Harm Reduction…Emphasizes tolerance, respect for the personal choices of others and respect for human rights. It favors evidence over anecdote, courage over cowardice and doing what is right even if it seems to send the “wrong message.” It means doing what has to be done to protect the public health in the face of opposition from all quarters because it is the right thing to do.
The key to bringing people who use drugs, engage in sex work or have histories of incarceration closer to disease prevention, health services, and reduced recidivism is to treat every person, regardless of their circumstance or condition, with dignity and respect. InHRC’s nonjudgmental approach allows our members to move through a process of self-discovery and self-empowerment at their own pace (this is based off the behavioral theory “stages of change”). By developing relationships based on honesty, community, tolerance and cooperation, our staff and volunteers help clients live healthier and more fulfilling lives, while raising the health and safety index of the community.