Archive for the Harm Reduction Category

How to Change Your Drinking

Ken Anderson (HAMS Network) has just released his book, How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol, in Kindle format, available at Amazon for 99 cents. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download Kindle software from Amazon for free and read it on your computer.



Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe

What will they do next?

About the Campaign

Methadone and buprenorphine are the most-effective, most-researched medicines for treating drug addiction. However, in many countries where injection drug use drives the HIV epidemic, these medicines are largely inaccessible – or even banned outright.

The Open Society Institute’s International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) developed Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe to help raise awareness about the glaring lack of access to these lifesaving drugs.

IHRD works to reduce HIV and other harms related to injecting drug use, and to press for policies that reduce stigmatization of illicit drug users and protect their human rights. IHRD advocates for the increased availability and quality of needle exchange, medication-assisted treatment, and antiretroviral treatment for HIV. IHRD also works to reform discriminatory policies and practices and to expand the opportunities for political engagement by people who use drugs and who are living with HIV.

For more information on IHRD, see

(Yes, that Soros. )

This post is dedicated to violet.

Ken Anderson’s Harm Reduction Radio

I missed the show tonight, but you can listen to the recording:

Neurotheology – Alternative Sexuality

Our first guest is Dr. Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain and other books. Dr. Newberg studies the effects of religious experiences such as glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and meditation on brain activity. Drugs and alcohol are not the only things that can alter your consciousness and make your brain light up in different ways.

Our second guest is Adam Zimbardo, a marriage and family counselor located in California who works with addiction issues as well as alternative sexualities including gay, transgender, and BDSM.

How To Change Your Drinking

Ken Anderson, the founder of the HAMS Network, wrote a book called How To Change Your Drinking, which received a real nice review on ForeWord Reviews. Congratulations, Ken!


HAMS Network Tonight on Blog Talk Radio

Kenneth Anderson’s HAMS Radio tonight 8 PM EST:

Our first guest is Dr. Robert Meyers who is a co-author of Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening and one of the developers of CRAFT: Community Reinforcement and Family Training, an evidence based approach to dealing with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems.

Our second guest is Craig Whalley, the executive director of LifeRing–a purely secular sobriety support group for people who wish to abstain from drugs or alcohol.

As always Stanton Peele joins us to close the show.

Kenneth Anderson’s HAMS Radio Live in 5 Minutes!

Sorry I didn’t get this up sooner.

Harm Reduction Radio

Our first segment will be about InSite, North America’s only safe injection facility. InSite is located in Vancouver, BC Canada. Research shows that not only does InSite prevent overdose fatalities, but also that clients who engage with InSite are far more likely to make use of detox and treatment facilities than those who do not

Our second guest is Patt Denning PhD, who is the author of “Over the Influence” and “Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy” as well as a director at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco and Oakland. Dr. Denning’s work has revolutionized the way we approach drug and alcohol problems.

Stanton Peele joins us to close the show for the week.

Kenneth Anderson at 5 PM

Tonight, on Harm Reduction Coalition Radio:

Our first guest is Allan Clear, executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, who will tell us about HRC’s functions as a harm reduction trainer and coordinator as well as some of the history of needle exchange and harm reduction in the US. Our first guest is Stacia Cosner from Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP who will tell us why and how students oppose the war on drugs.Stanton Peele closes with his thoughts for the week.


Stanton Peele on Dr. Drew

Speaking of harm reduction, Stanton calls bullshit on Dr. Drew this morning:

Dr. Drew

But a broader idea is this — if addiction is a medical disease, why are Dr. Drew — and especially CNN’s Laurie Dhue and Jeremy London, an ex-star TV patient Dhue interviews along with Dr. Drew — so down on Charlie Sheen? People don’t get down on cancer victims.

Really, the AA model — and Drew Pinsky’s updated synthesis of medicine and AA — are actually intensely moralistic and judgmental temperance holdovers. One never sees Dr. Drew speak on television about the need for methadone (or heroin) maintenance, or clean needles, or (heaven forbid) safe injection sites or wet housing for alcoholics — so-called harm-reduction techniques that could be seen as reasonable derivatives of the idea that addicts and alcoholics suffer from an incurable disease.


Harm Reduction: What Would Jesus Do?

I was doing some political web surfing, and came across a website called Christ and Pop Culture. One of the blog owners posed a question about needle exchange programs and harm reduction, which I think is interesting:

There has been a resurgence of interest in the harm reduction program of Needle Exchange. The basic philosophy behind the program is that if drug users will swap out their used needles for clean ones then there may be a decrease in the spread of both HIV and Hepatatis C. The problem with the program is that it does turn a blind eye toward drug abuse and even enables abuse and addiction. So as a Christian what do you think is the right response to such a program? Do you think Christians should support it or reject it?

I think this is interesting because it’s a huge, messy question. It makes my brain explode with more questions, but I didn’t ask there, because the question was addressed to Christians, and  don’t qualify. Here are some of the questions that came to mind: Continue reading Harm Reduction: What Would Jesus Do?

Housing First

Homeless Addicts Get Help Without Getting Clean and Sober

Four years ago, Ellison, now 42, says she was a crack cocaine and alcohol addict who slept on park benches. Today she has a place to live and has taken classes at Everest College, in Arlington, Va., in a medical assistants program.

Ellison received her apartment through Housing First, a controversial nationwide initiative to house chronically homeless people without first requiring them to get treatment for their addictions.

A roof over a person’s head is the first step to solving a person’s problem says Sam Tsemberis, a clinical-community psychologist who started the program in 1992 in New York City.

“We had spent years trying to get people rehabilitated before giving them housing, while there’s a lot of people who live on the street who already have survival skills that they can take with them when they are given an apartment,” he says.

Some experts and housing facilities workers disagree with the idea of providing housing for homeless people with drug and alcohol addictions without emphasizing treatment.

“Dependency … doesn’t stop just because they have a roof over their head and food on the table,” says Jesse Washington, director of affordable housing for Samaritan Inns, a housing facility for the homeless in Washington that does not follow the Housing First philosophy.

Read the whole thing…

(Thanks, SP)