Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101 – Harm Reduction and Parenting Drug and Alcohol Users
This week the show topic is a growing trend in treating addiction as a whole, harm reduction as opposed to complete abstinence, but with special emphasis on using it for teens and families.
Denise speaks with Barry Lessin, a licensed psychologist and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor in private practice in suburban Philadelphia working with teens, young adults, and their families. He has worked in the addictions treatment field for over 35 years as an administrator, educator, researcher, and clinician. He speaks about the fact that people use drugs for a reason, the need for compassion, taking small positive steps, and flexibility in discussions with kids, among other topics. Barry has a blog where he discussion similar topics and updates.
Just a reminder to visit Addictsfamilylifeline.com for more resources, stories, and tips as well as access to Denise’s book.