ABSTINENCE VS. HARM REDUCTION
Abstinence and harm moderation are two different approaches to recovery. Abstinence involves complete abstention from drugs and alcohol. People who choose this approach typically avoid all drugs and alcohol, including prescription drugs that have the potential to be abused.
maybe only about 5% of those in an "abstinence" based program really
ever attain or SUSTAIN life long unfailing abstinence from alcohol and
drugs. You could be one of them -- but if you're struggling to "get it"
or get to that point -- don't be ashamed, despite the claims of several
of these programs -- your experience is reality. Their promises are
simply not realistic for some people. This is the reason we exist and
why we reject this paradigm.
"Harm moderation "is a strategy where individuals seek to moderate their substance use, meaning they limit their consumption to a certain amount or frequency instead of abstaining altogether.
Abstinence can be challenging, but it comes with many benefits. It allows individuals to break the addictive cycle and begin to build a new life in recovery. Many people find that abstinence helps them to regain control of their lives and achieve long-term sobriety. They often experience improved mental and physical health, enhanced relationships, and a greater sense of well-being.
While some people find success with harm moderation, it can be a tricky approach for those who are struggling with addiction. This approach involves setting limits for consumption of drugs and alcohol, which can be challenging for people who have lost the ability to control their substance use. For some individuals, moderation can serve as a slippery slope back into addiction.
Additionally, it can be difficult to measure the level of harm caused by drinking or drug use, and it can be easy to rationalize excessive use.
Abstinence and harm moderation are two approaches in addiction recovery, and people choose the approach that best fits their needs.
Ultimately, it is important for each person in recovery to make an informed decision about the path they choose and seek support from trained professionals, therapists, or sober coaches to help them achieve their goals.