Integrating Harm Reduction into the Substance Use Disorder Care Continuum

The philosophy and implementation of harm reduction is a critical and effective approach to engaging people who use drugs, decreasing risk of overdose, and improving overall health and wellbeing. Harm reduction is not a new concept; these proven approaches have been used for decades to improve the health of people who use drugs as well as for other areas or health and wellness such as the management of chronic health conditions like diabetes and depression.

This webinar will begin to explore how substance use disorder treatment providers can utilize harm reduction strategies to support people who use drugs and more effectively address and treat addiction. This webinar will discuss the wide spectrum of harm reduction strategies that support the mantra of meeting people “where they are” with compassion and humility. We will also discuss and provide specific skills and approaches to implementing harm reduction strategies into existing practices.

By joining this webinar:

  • Participants will explore the philosophy of harm reduction.
  • Participants will learn how harm reduction supports health equity and health engagement and enhances patient and client retention.
  • Participants will learn specific harm reduction approaches that can be integrated into their existing practice to help support people who use drugs and people with substance use disorders.
  • Participants will learn how harm reduction approaches and philosophies are a support to people in recovery, enhance engagement in treatment, and can elevate the effectiveness of existing evidenced-based practices.