A new harm reduction resource has arrived

Recovery from addiction is not a one-size-fits-all approach. If your previous attempts to stop drug or alcohol use have failed or if you want to learn to manage your use rather than abstain, this workbook can help you. Power Over Addiction: A Harm Reduction Workbook for Changing Your Relationship to Drugs uses evidence-based interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness practices to help you understand the issues underlying addiction and stop problematic drug use.

Harm reduction is a pragmatic approach to addiction that aims to improve the lives of people who use substances through social justice, education, compassionate care, and access to resources. Harm reduction values life, choice, respect, and compassion over judgment, stigma, discrimination, and punishment.

This workbook will help you:

  • reduce consequences associated with the use of alcohol and drugs
  • learn mindfulness skills to slow down and interrupt the desire for immediate gratification
  • address feelings of shame and guilt
  • establish practices to cope with difficult emotions such as anger and grief
  • develop alternatives to drug use
  • “surf” urges
  • improve the quality of your relationships, including with yourself
  • learn responsible drug use skills
  • cultivate a lifestyle that meets your needs and wants

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Jennifer Fernández, PhD specializes in harm reduction psychotherapy for treating substance and process addictions with adults, teens, and families. She received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and has trained under experts in the field of addiction treatment at the Harm Reduction Therapy Center and Pathways Institute for Impulse Control. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Fernández provides training, supervision, and consultation for clinicians interested in learning more about addiction, harm reduction psychotherapy, and evidence-based treatments, such as motivational interviewing. She has worked with community agencies providing drug education for at-risk youth; trained law enforcement agencies on addressing addiction in forensic settings; and taught responsible drinking skills to executive professionals.

To learn more about her work, visit https://jenniferfernandezphd.com

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