Specializing in harm reduction psychotherapy for treating substance misuse and process addiction with adults, teens, and families.
Recovery from addiction is not a one- size-fits-all approach. If previous attempts to stop drug or alcohol use have failed, this workbook can help you.
This self-paced course will help you evaluate your relationship to substances so you can address the issues driving problematic behavior.
I’m Dr. Jennifer Fernández, licensed Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, and I work with people who want to change their relationship with substances. If you find that you’re using too much or if your use isn’t aligned with your values, this site and these resources are for you.
Focusing on compassion vs. judgement, all my resources and teachings are
evidence-based and designed to help you change your relationship with substances. Whether you’re moderating or abstaining from drugs and alcohol, you can find helpful and practical information here.
"... 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 reflect. Dr. Fernandez combines state-of-the-art knowledge change with practical user-friendly suggestions and exercises that guide people toward their ideal relationship to drugs. The harm reduction frame makes this workbook useful for people at all motivational stages of change and positive 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."
"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."
"...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."
"Jennifer Fernandez, 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 and alcohol."
"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 politician drafting addiction-related legislation (because I know you don't read), you should speak with Dr. Fernandez immediately."
"Dr. Fernandez's new workbook is an incredibly welcome addition to the tools available for those struggling with the 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 through the book, which offer compassionate and helpful tips to families struggling to know how to help in real ways."