I’m new to this group. Been in recovery from drugs booze and cigarettes for more than 20 years. I work as a Recovery Coach for a Recovery Center here in Vermont. I specialize working with people on Medication assisted therapy. It’s nice to find a group that is both in recovery and atheist! Since I am a frequent attendee at 12 step groups, I am interested in the groups thoughts on harm reduction treatments. I feel personally that some folks need help while they build their program of recovery.
So harm reduction is medically supervised treatment with suboxone, methadone etc while an outpatient. While 12 steps only requirement is the desire to stop, some need time on these meds while rebuilding their recovery foundation. That is where a coach can be helpful. Finding housing, work, family reconnection, therapy etc. while I support all paths to recovery I recognize that the success rate is at most 30 per cent with full abstinence. The survival numbers are better with medication.
Other than the idea that harm should be reduced wherever and whenever, I'm not sure what you mean by harm reduction treatments or what they are in the context of 12 step programs. Self harm? Like cutting? Self-loathing? Not drinking was tremendous harm reduction for me. But I don't think that is what you mean. Please elaborate, Thank you!