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June 2019

A Person's Experience Transitioning to Harm Reduction Therapy

by Barry Lessin

June 21st, 2019

Since my transition from a traditional one-size-fits-all abstinence-based treatment approach to harm reduction psychotherapy, many clients whom I continued working with through my transition have remarked at how dramatically the harm reduction approaches have empowered them to move forward in their therapy and in their lives.


One client offered to share her experiences here to allow others to learn more about what harm reduction approaches can possibly do for them. Every effort has been made to keep her identity anonymous:

"As a person that has experienced both the rigid abstinence-only format of rehabilitation and the more flexible process of harm reduction treatment approaches, my preference is for harm reduction.

No Need to Panic: Parenting With a Harm Reduction Approach

by Barry Lessin

June 15th, 2019

Fear about a young person's drug use can cause you to make bad decisions that can harm your child and your relationship with them. By tapping into what harm reduction and skilled parenting share, you can begin feel more at ease in dealing with your child's substance use.


Discovering that your child has started experimenting with drugs or alcohol is very troubling. Worry can quickly escalate into fear, especially when attempts to intervene fail. Many parents often feel helpless and out of control.

Confronted with the news that their child is getting high, the first question parents often ask me is, “How can I get her to stop?” The answer is, “That's not the best place to start".

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