Harm Reduction is an umbrella term for measures, practices, and approaches that aim to reduce the harms to persons, families, and communities caused by substance use, substance use disorder, and other related disorders. The more general term for Harm Reduction can be seen in things like seat belts, bike helmets, masks etc. It simply means ‘reducing harms or reducing risks’.

A harm reduction approach acknowledges that substance use is a personal choice and that there are many different ways for someone to receive care and support. This also recognizes that abstinence is not the only option available for someone seeking support for substance use and will not work for everyone.

Harm reduction also includes educating others on how to be a supportive resource for those seeking help with substance use, without judgment or telling others what to do.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in
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