May 3, 2010

Harm Reduction Therapy - New Articles

Harm reduction therapy: a practice-friendly review of research.

J Clin Psychol. 2010 Feb;66(2):201-14.

Logan DE, Marlatt GA.

Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Box 351629, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Harm reduction is an umbrella term for interventions aiming to reduce the problematic effects of behaviors. Although harm reduction was originally and most frequently associated with substance use, it is increasingly being applied to a multitude of other behavioral disorders. This article reviews the state of empirical research on harm reduction practices including alcohol interventions for youth, college students, and a variety of other adult interventions. We also review nicotine replacement and opioid substitution, as well as needle exchanges and safe injection sites for intravenous drug users. Dozens of peer-reviewed controlled trial publications provide support for the effectiveness of harm reduction for a multitude of clients and disorders without indications of iatrogenic effects. Harm reduction interventions provide additional tools for clinicians working with clients who, for whatever reason, may not be ready, willing, or able to pursue full abstinence as a goal. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID: 20049923 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

State of the art in harm reduction psychotherapy: an emerging treatment for substance misuse.

J Clin Psychol. 2010 Feb;66(2):117-22.

Tatarsky A, Marlatt GA.

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and Training Associates, 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1403, New York, NY 10016, USA.


Harm reduction psychotherapy is an exciting and emerging treatment for a broad spectrum of substance use problems. This article introduces an issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session devoted to the state of the art of harm reduction psychotherapy. We describe the harm reduction paradigm, the context for and history of the development of harm reduction psychotherapy, and its clinical principles. We then outline and frame the contributions to the issue. Our goal is that this issue will encourage psychotherapists to employ more harm reduction principles in practice and will provide many evidence-based methods to do so. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID: 20049922 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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