Heights Harm Reduction uses innovative methods backed by science. For certain individuals, classic abstinence-based programs haven’t produced the end result they are looking for. Many others find themselves in a situation where quitting their habit all at once seems impossible. We level with you to meet you where you are at today. You won’t be asked to stop using before coming in for a session. At HHR, we understand that each case is highly complex and factors vary too often for there to be any effective ‘blanket solution’ for everyone. With this in mind, we take an individualistic, compassionate approach that empowers our clients to achieve the positive change they want in their life.
That change might materialize as total abstinence, or reducing substance use to a safe level. Owner and lead psychologist Dr. Kelli Wright is highly experienced in implementing therapies such as Moderation Management and
The Sinclair Method, which are both Integrative Harm Reduction style therapies.
Statistics clearly show that Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy has remarkably high short-term and long-term success rates. When you come in for treatment, we’ll get to know you, learn about your habits, and determine what techniques could work for you. You’ll visit us for sessions to keep the sailing smooth and correct your course if needed. When you implement the daily strategies we create, your life will be transformed before you know it!
Our goal is to give you control back over your life. Everyone’s prerogative is different, which means progress and control are relative. We work to understand what your life goals and core values are. When we break down that barrier, we are able to create your map to self-liberation. Everyone’s case is different so we investigate and come up with a plan. We’ll work to figure out the underlying cause(s) are for your addiction and see if we can’t reduce your usage of drugs and/or alcohol by a reasonable amount. We’ve formed our approach around the fact that the ideal amount of substance use varies from person to person. We don’t adhere to the belief that the only road to recovery is total abstinence.
This interview with Dr. Tatarsky (a pioneer in harm reduction psychotherapy) explores this idea, which further sheds light on Dr. Wright’s approach.
The loudest critique of Harm Reduction Therapy, as a whole, is that it “doesn’t address the underlying problem”. At Heights Harm Reduction, we understand that treating any core issue(s) is imperative – which is why it remains a major factor in our programs. For many people (commonly ones with a past holding excessive trauma) the root cause can be far more harmful than their substance habit. In these cases, it makes much more sense to address the underlying causes before addressing the substance habits. For certain people, substance use might be the last thing holding their world together. When working with such cases, it would not be advisable to demand they stop right away, as the results might be unfavorable.
Considering the above, Height Harm Reductions go-to method is Integrative Harm Reduction (as opposed to ‘Harm Reduction’). The ‘Integrative’ portion represents addressing any and all underlying issues. The remaining ‘Harm Reduction’ represents handling the habits that likely formed due to the underlying issues. In short, our approach takes the entire problem into consideration – rather than neglecting one half or the other.
We want to put control back into your hands, enabling you to make choices that will result in your ideal life. We believe this manner of care represents the future of mental health treatment.
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