Category Archives: alcohol harm reduction

Addiction Treatment Contrasted with Mental Health Treatment

As Duncan, Miller and Sparks (2004) aptly point out, the vast majority of popular mental health treatments ranging from CBT and DBT to Psychodynamic approaches are all effective and factors such as therapeutic alliance and client factors can have a … Continue reading

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Al-Anon Alternatives – HARM LESS

HARM LESS is a support and informational group for people who wish to reduce the harms caused by a loved one’s drinking or drug use. HARM LESS uses evidence-based strategies such as Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing Strategies, and Cognitive Behavioral … Continue reading

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12 Step Programs Are The Opposite Of CBT

Not long ago there was a blog post in Psychology Today titled “Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work Because it’s a Form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?” (Lazarus, 2010). This is an odd title because it assumes that AA is more effective than … Continue reading

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Addiction: Bad habit or Incurable Brain Disease?

It is very popular these days to call all recreational drug use and all recreational alcohol intoxication “substance abuse”. And the NIAAA and NIDA are very, very busy trying to convince the US that all substance abuse is “addiction” and … Continue reading

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Is AA Wrong For You?

Although many people find that 12 step groups such as AA or NA are helpful for their drug or alcohol problems, a growing body of evidence suggests that just as many people may be harmed by 12 step programs as … Continue reading

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Alcohol Harm Reduction Book

Harm reduction programs such as seat belts to reduce the damage from automobile accidents, clean needles to prevent the spread of HIV among injection drug user, and condoms distribution to prevent the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies have been … Continue reading

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The Hardest Harm Reduction Lesson

The hardest harm reduction lesson that I had to learn was to always respect the right of other people to choose their own paths even if the path that they chose was 12 step. If someone is in AA and … Continue reading

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