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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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
Praise for Power Over Addiction
“This excellent workbook will be of real value to anyone who wants to change the way they use drugs — whether they want to quit, reduce, use more safely, or just better understand what drugs mean and do for them. The exercises won’t always be easy, but they will help people get to the heart of their relationship with drugs, giving them more power to make choices they are happy to call their own.”
-Hanna Pickard, PhD, Professor in Philosophy of Psychology, University of Birmingham and Visiting Research Scholar, Program in Cognitive Science, Princeton University
“…the workbook is filled with thoughtful and penetrating questions that will make it not only effective for those struggling with problematic drug use, but useful for anyone who wants to incorporate positive changes in their life.”
-Monique Tula, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
“Jennifer Fernández, PhD has written a wonderful book of exercises for people who practice harm reduction. They include exercises for mindfulness, relationships, boundaries, anger, stress, shame, and many more. I highly recommend this book to all HAMS members as a companion to the HAMS book as well as to anyone who uses drugs or alcohol.”
-Kenneth Anderson, CEO, HAMS Harm Reduction for Alcohol and author of How to Change Your Drinking: A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol
“Dr. Fernández’s new workbook is an incredibly welcome addition to the tools available for those struggling with substance use. She has made “harm reduction” a set of ideas and strategies that could benefit anyone, and assembled a set of strategies that pull from many evidence-based approaches including motivational, behavioral, and mindfulness based approaches. The strategies are accessible, practical, and geared toward real behavior change. I particularly love the “Note to Loved Ones” sections throughout the book, which offer compassionate and helpful tips to families struggling to know how to help in real ways.”
-Jeffrey Foote,Ph.D., Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Motivation and Change and author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change.
“…a wonderful addition to the growing body of resources for helping people who struggle with problematic drug use and their families make positive change with drugs and the personal and relationship issues problem drug use reflects. Dr. Fernández combines state-of-the-art knowledge about theories of addiction and how people change with practical user-friendly suggestions and exercises that guide people toward their ideal relationships to drugs. The harm reduction frame makes this workbook useful for people at all motivational stages of change and positive change goals including safer use, reduced use, and abstinence. Mindfulness and compassion inform the book’s approach to supporting people in becoming more aware, self-caring, and empowered in relation to themselves and their lives. I highly recommend that this book sit within close reach on the shelf of every drug user and those who care about them.”
-Andrew Tatarsky, PhD is the author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Optimal Living, a treatment and professional training center in New York City based on his Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.
“If you have a loved one suffering from addiction, you should read this book. If you’re a treatment provider working with people suffering from addiction, you should study this book. If you’re a politician drafting addiction-related legislation (because I know you don’t read), you should speak with Dr. Fernández immediately.”
-Dr. Carl Hart, Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and author of Drugs, Society and Human Behavior and High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.
“This incredibly helpful workbook is a welcome addition to a growing goldmine of harm reduction resources in the U.S. In an inviting and clear style, Dr. Fernandez offers the reader a wealth of information about drug use and the contextual, mental, emotional, and physical issues that are part of a drug-using life. She takes a balanced perspective on the ways that drugs are valuable and the ways they can be harmful to each person. This point of view helps to relieve the shame and stigma that surround drug use. Dr. Fernandez covers a phenomenal number of self-awareness and practical skills that one needs to change longstanding patterns. The chapters are concise and the exercises easy to use. All of this makes Power Over Addiction a delight to read and use.”
-Jeannie Little, LCSW, Executive Director of The Center for Harm Reduction Therapy
“This compassionate and easy-to-read workbook can help you or a loved one learn to change—or end— a problematic relationship with substances. There is hope— and this book can help you figure out what path is right for you.”
-Maia Szalavitz author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.