It's been almost two years since I lifted my head out the sand and discovered that harm reduction approaches offer me so many ways to be more effective as a therapist and addiction treatment consultant.
My recent article in The Fix, Teens and Drugs: Helping Parents Chill Out reflects some of what I've found to be very helpful in working with parents to get back in the driver's seat of their family when their child's drug use has become disruptive.
When I began using harm reduction principles such as 'people use drugs for reasons' 'meet your kid where she's at', I was worried that parents would think that I was condoning their kid's drug use. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that once parents understood the ideas a little better, they were more willing to embrace a different perspective and began to use these ideas to work at improving their relationship with their child.
I'm convinced that the feelings of empowerment and hope that harm reduction approaches offer parents are key elements in my work with them that allow them to begin a process to be a more effective parent. I've learned that change starts with hope, and hope heals.
And speaking of hope, I hope you find the article informative and helpful.