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    Addiction and the Family

    Congratulations for exploring my website.

    Yes, congratulations, because I know that it’s scary when you realize you or a family member or loved one may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. So taking a step forward to check out what kind of help is available is definitely a big deal.

  • Harm Reduction - Barry Lessin - Fort Washington, Philadelphia, PA

    Harm Reduction Approach to Substance Use

    Harm reduction doesn’t judge you for using alcohol and other drugs.
    It therefore lets you take a more open, safer look at the problems in your life.
    Harm reduction means getting into the driver’s seat of your life.

  • Counseling for Teens and Young Adults - Fort Washington, Philadelphia

    Teens and Young Adults

    Being a teenager or young adult isn’t always easy. Enjoying more freedom but still relying on your family for things can make dealing with normal stresses of a kid’s life upsetting at times. When upsets turn into worries that start affecting your mood and relationships with friends and family, having some strategies to cope better can make things easier.


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Harm Reduction Approach to Therapy

Harm reduction doesn’t judge you for using alcohol and other drugs.

It therefore lets you take a more open, safer look at the problems in your life.

Harm reduction means getting into the driver’s seat of your life.

You can take control of your use of alcohol and/or other drugs, of any damage that it's use does to you and the harm it may cause others, and how you choose to live your life

Learn more.


Practice News

My latest interview on parenting substance using teens from a harm reduction perspective is titled "Parenting Teens in Recovery Requires a Heart at Peace" and is in Banana Moments Family Business Quarterly.

READ MY OP-ED in The Desert Sun, the newspaper of the community where the Betty Ford Clinic is located, and where US 'drug czar' Gil Kerlikowske spoke recently. I questioned the lip service he gives to shifting our country's drug policies away from law-enforcement approaches to policies based on compassion, science, health, and human rights.

HEAR ME on Monica Richardson's radioblog talk show on Wednesday June 20 at 8pm ET as we talk about how harm reduction approaches inform my work. Monica is a compassionate, progressive voice in the recovery movement, interested in alternative approaches "to age old problems in the room and culture, with the literature, the traditions ...". If you miss the show, you can listen later on her show's archives.

Teens and Young Adults

Therapy for teens and young adults - Montgomery County, PAAs a teenager or young adult you’ve already had a delicious taste of independence. Working and having some of your own cash or ATM card or perhaps you’re already driving and have more freedom to come and go. Some of you are already in college and have experienced the excitement of living on your own for a while.

The kids I see often have some of the following stresses:

  • School demands and frustrations
  • Taking on too many activities
  • Having too high expectations
  • Negative thoughts and feelings about themselves
  • Problems with friends and/or peers at school
  • Changes in their body
  • Chronic illness in the family
  • Parental conflicts, or separation and divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Moving or changing schools
  • Family financial problems

Sound familiar? That’s because many of these worries are normal problems that many kids have. Some of the stresses you have more control over than others.

Sometimes, though, the normal stresses and pressure of your life as a teenager start to become overwhelming and turn into worries that can make you feel helpless and hopeless. Young people don’t have all the tools to cope with them.

That’s where counseling can be helpful.

Barry Lessin has the unique distinction of being a licensed psychologist who also holds certification in addiction counseling. This combination has allowed him to both understand and successfully treat the complex relationship between addiction and related mental health concerns. Backed by 30 years of experience as a researcher, administrator and clinician, he has proved himself to be a valuable and trusted asset within his community. He exhibits professionalism, warmth and genuine positive regard for clients and colleagues alike. Thus, without reservation, I highly recommend Barry Lessin's services.

Chad Coren PsyD,CACD 

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