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Overview of Harm Reduction Treatments for Alcohol Problems

Katie Witkiewitza, and G. Alan Marlatt
; International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP); 17(4); 285-294;  July 2006. Posted: 2006-09-01; Modified: 2006-09-01.

Related resources:  Abstinence, Moderation, and Harm Reduction academic literature

See also:
The MM Programme in 2004: What Type of Drinker Seeks Controlled Drinking? -
Kosok; IJDP; 2006
Are Alcoholism Treatments Effective? The Project Match Data
(PDF) -
Cutler and Fishbain; 2005
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: Extending the Reach of Traditional Substance Use Treatment - Tartarsky; JSAT; 2003  
Harm Reduction: Meeting Clients Where They Are - Kate Jackson, Social Work Today, 4(6), 2004
The Controlled Drinking Debates: Four Decades of Acrimony - Brook Hersey, Psy.D., 2001
The Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction Wars of Summer 2000 - Addiction Medicine Shoots Self in Foot, Again
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As evidenced by the tremendous range of scholarly articles included in this special issue [International Journal of Drug Policy; 17(4); 2006], it is readily apparent that harm reduction is more than a theory, treatment approach, or policy. Rather, harm reduction is an orientation and belief system that has widespread empirical support as a means to improve the lives and functioning of individuals who use and abuse alcohol.

In this article, we review recent empirical articles and scholarly reviews of harm reduction treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence. We focus this review on peer-reviewed articles published in the last 3 years, with a particular emphasis on interventions designed to reduce alcohol-related harm, including overall levels of consumption and alcohol-related problems. We conclude with a section on books, Web sites, and training and treatment centres devoted to harm reduction psychotherapy.

Keywords: Alcohol harm reduction; Moderation-based treatment; Behavioural treatment interventions; Pharmacological interventions; Harm reduction psychotherapy

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