What is Harm Reduction Counseling?
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What is Harm Reduction?
Unlike traditional treatments for substance use disorder, harm reduction is not aimed at eliminating the disorder altogether. Instead, harm reduction was designed with accessibility involved. In 2015, a study in the United States showed that almost twenty million people over the age of twelve needed an intervention for their substance use disorder but did not receive it. While there are many reasons that an individual may not seek professional help for their substance use disorder, a general lack of accessibility, whether as a result of location or poverty, does play a role.2
Goal of Harm Reduction Therapy
Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction
Abstinence involves completely refraining from the use of the source of the addiction, as well as similar substances. For instance, someone with an opioid use disorder would abstain from using opioids but may also refrain from using other similar substances that could be addictive. Abstinence will lead to detoxification, which causes withdrawal symptoms.
How Effective is Harm Reduction?
Principles of Harm Reduction and Programs
Harm Reduction Programs for Alcoholism
Typically, when one thinks about harm reduction, they think about illicit drug use. However, harm reduction can be beneficial for alcoholism as well. The origins of harm reduction can be found in preventing the spread of disease among those with substance use disorders, such as by sharing needles or other unhygienic practices. However, it was modified to aid in the treatment of alcoholism as well by targeting the negative side effects of drinking, such as binge drinking.
Harm Reduction Programs for Drug Use
Goals and Benefits of Harm Reduction
Harm Reduction Counseling Services at Ripple Ranch Recovery
It can be both daunting and difficult to navigate substance use disorders, no matter whether you choose an abstinence-based program or a harm reduction program. However, at Ripple Ranch Recovery, our professional staff of certified healthcare providers is prepared to meet you every step of the way, from your very first day of treatment to your days beyond.
Our Harm Reduction Programs
Other Addiction Treatment Programs
Ripple Ranch Recovery specializes in offering evidence-based holistic treatments that take advantage of the bounty of nature our campus offers. With over 20 acres, each of our addiction treatment programs are designed in such a way to restore balance in yourself by utilizing environmental, spiritual, and scientific techniques.
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Substance use disorders can be difficult, for both you and your loved ones. If you or someone close to you is struggling with a substance use disorder, reach out today to learn more about our harm reduction counseling and our other addiction treatment programs.