But what happens when we give someone a safe space to talk about what is going on with them? What happens when we work with someone to develop coping skills other than using alcohol or drugs? This is why I like the harm reduction model of treatment so much. This way of working allows me to meet the person where they are at. Not ready to stop drinking or using drugs, that’s ok. Let’s look at how we can reduce the harm caused by it, how does that sound? More achievable I bet.
By understanding and accepting that alcohol and drugs are a part of our society we can look at ways to reduce and minimise the harm they can cause. We are dealing with a complex phenomenon and need to take into consideration the biological, psychological and social aspects of each individual when we support them. By empowering people to honestly look at how alcohol and drugs are affecting their life they can begin to make changes to reduce that harm.