“Come As You Are”
Drug & Alcohol Harm Reduction Group
Drugs and alcohol can be messy and destructive if you lose control of your use. You may find that despite your best efforts you are experiencing thought and behavior cycles that are leading you to a place you don’t want to be. In this dark place it can be overwhelming to know where to look for support. For many drug and alcohol users, groups have been found to be extremely helpful in maintaining motivation, holding accountability, and building supportive relationships in community as you work to come to right relationship with mind altering substances.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.
From “Principles of Harm Reduction” Harm Reduction Coalition
The Harm Reduction philosophy holds a “Come As You Are” attitude towards drug and alcohol group support. At any stage in your use, Harm Reduction aims to meet you where you are at and help you reduce any harm you may experiencing through your drug and alcohol use. This could mean moderation, abstinence or other strategies, depending on your specific goals. With Harm Reduction you set your own definition of success in your relationship with alcohol and drugs. The group will help you to come up with strategies and approaches that will help you meet your goals, and will hold you accountable and motivated to stay on track.
In our Harm Reduction group we will:
Learn strategies and tools to reduce harm caused by drug and alcohol use.
Share our stories and find support in community.
Set goals and hold each other accountable.
Process difficult emotions that may be underlying causes of addiction in a group setting.
Build supportive relationships in community.
Create a safe space to talk about addiction and alcoholism.