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Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcoholby Patt Denning
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Book News Annotation:
Denning, director of clinical services and training at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center, offers an innovative alternative to 12-step programs for readers experiencing problems with substance abuse. She explains theories of harm reduction and addiction, and suggests strategies for avoiding or reducing harm if readers choose to continue to use alcohol and drugs. She also gives advice on quitting, outlines different types of treatment styles and settings, and gives tips on explaining harm reduction to family and friends.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Twelve-step programs that insist on abstinence are beneficial to many--but what about the millions of Americans who try to quit and fail, just want to cut down, or wish to work toward sobriety gradually? This groundbreaking book presents the Harm Reduction approach, a powerful alternative to traditional treatment that helps users set and meet their own goals for gaining control over drinking and drugs. The expert, empathic authors guide readers to figure out which aspects of their own habits may be harmful, what they would like to change, and how to put their intentions into action while also dealing with problems that stand in the way, such as depression, stress, and relationship conflicts. Based on solid science and 40+ years of combined clinical experience, the book is packed with self-discovery tools, fact sheets, and personal accounts. It puts the reader in the driver's seat with a new and empowering roadmap for change.
About the Author
Patt Denning, PhD, is Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center, San Francisco. Widely recognized as an expert on drug treatment and dual diagnosis, she is one of the main developers of harm reduction psychotherapy. Her publications for professionals include Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.
Jeannie Little, LCSW, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist.
Adina Glickman, LCSW, is Assistant Director for Peer and Academic Support at Stanford University. A licensed clinical social worker, teacher, and writer, she maintains an independent therapy practice in the San Francisco Bay area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Harm Reduction, Anyway?
1. Addiction: Is It All or Nothing?
2. So If Were Not Addicts, Whats the Harm?
3. How Much Is Too Much?
4. So Why Do I Keep Using?
5. To Change or Not to Change
6. How Do I Know Exactly What My Problem Is?
--What Are These Drugs, Anyway?--
7. Practicing Harm Reduction: Substance Use Management
8. Practicing Harm Reduction: How to Take Care of Yourself While Still Using
9. Finding the Right Help
10. Is Harm Reduction Working?
11. How to Talk to Family and Friends about Harm Reduction
A Letter to Families and Friends
Sources and Suggested Readings in Harm Reduction
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