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Recovery-Oriented Harm Reduction?

Between the 25 anniversary of AIDS and questions about the future of Vancouver’s safe injection center, there are tons of articles on harm reduction lately. There’s one characterizing opponents of needle exchanges as indifferent to addict deaths, another finding that … Continue reading

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Should addiction treatment prefer abstinence?

I was perusing past year’s articles in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly and came across these two: Achieving a 15% Relapse Rate: A Review of Collegiate Recovery and Physician Health Programs A Perspective from the Field: The Disconnect between Abstinence-Based Programs and … Continue reading


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What would things look like if we believed they could recover?

Over the last week, there have been two noteworthy stories on supervised injection sites. NYC planning supervised injection sites The first story was in the New York Times and reported on NYC considering supervised injection sites and looking to Toronto … Continue reading

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Drug-free recovery as fantasy?

There is MUCH less tension these days between harm reduction (HR) advocates and treatment providers. HR advocates confronted treatment providers with legitimate questions about their thresholds for accessing and staying in care. More recently, the opioid overdose crisis pretty dramatically … Continue reading

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Professional Knows Best

That harm reduction post from a few days ago? DJ Mac blogged on the same article and did a much better job discussing the questions involved, particularly around client preferences, expectations and professional pessimism. However, when we, the professionals working … Continue reading

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Recovery and Harm Reduction

Bill White has a new paper on Recovery and Harm Reduction in Philadelphia. Here’s a quote he offered in a blog post introducing the paper: Traditional harm reduction programs have pioneered low threshold services, but they have often also been characterized … Continue reading

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Where’s your evidence?

PeaPod has a great post challenging evidence-based practices as a basis for harm reduction Now I’m pretty convinced by the wealth of evidence on methadone prescribing. It saves lives. But I’m always asking compared to what? No treatment? Of course. … Continue reading

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Heroin for dummies

Responses to this will be interesting to watch. I’m certain that people who object will be accused of moral panic or something like it. I’m open to non-judgmental outreach harm reduction for the purpose of building relationships and gradually engaging … Continue reading


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Positive liberty and addiction

I saw a Facebook comment today referencing “freedom to” and “freedom from”. It got me thinking about positive and negative liberty and harm reduction. Negative liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative liberty to the … Continue reading

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Needle Exchanges Save Lives but May Imperil Workers

From the Wall Street Journal: Pete Morse devoted his life to saving the lives of heroin users. A dreadlocked community activist with a Ph.D in history, he bore a tattoo that read: “Injury to one is an injury to all.” … Continue reading

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