Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a method for managing the harm caused by the use of drugs and alcohol. Unlike 12 Step and other abstinence based programs, clients are not mandated to stop all substance use, unless that is their goal. The therapist helps the client to lay out the harm being done to themselves and to others and then the client, in individual or group therapy, works to reduce the harm that is being done, establishing goals and implementing gradual, realistic steps to achieve them.