- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438995474
- ISBN-13: 978-1438995472
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coming to Harm Reduction Kicking & Screaming: Looking for Harm Reduction in a 12-Step World Paperback – September 12, 2009
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Dee-Dee Stout has undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Human Sexuality from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and earned her Special Major Master's in Health Counseling from SFSU as well. Additionally, Ms. Stout is a California certified drug and alcohol counselor, level II (CADC-II), with international reciprocity (ICADC). Recently, Dee-Dee joined Project Pride, a California Prisoner Mother Program in Oakland, CA, as Clinical Program Manager. Ms. Stout is also part of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), having received her training in part from Dr. William R. Miller. Dee-Dee has received extensive specialized training in such additional areas as MI Supervisors training; SFBT; Relapse Prevention; Creative Inquiry; Stages of Change; CBT; Seeking Safety; CRAFT; Harm Reduction Psychotherapy; Client-Directed, Outcome-Oriented work (CDOI), and more. Ms. Stout has been in the field of behavioral health for nearly a quarter century and is also on faculty at City College of San Francisco, and adjunct faculty with the Northern California Training Academy at UC Davis. She specializes in teaching courses in substance use disorders and treatment; public policy issues and addiction; trauma, addiction, and women; harm reduction in addiction treatment; and more. Dee-Dee maintains a private coaching, consultation, and supervision practice and regularly conducts trainings in Motivational Interviewing, trauma, and more. She has made numerous appearances as an invited speaker at conferences, including internationally, and has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, discussing treatment issues. To date, she has performed more than 450 presentations and trainings in Motivational Interviewing alone. Dee-Dee is well known for her wicked sense of humor and use of metaphor when discussing her take on Motivational Interviewing and other evidence-based practices.
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Knowing only the 12 step way of recovery, I was leary of this attitude of "any positive change" and "abstinence is not the only way". How could that be true when all I had ever heard was abstinence is the ONLY way? DeeDee Stout and her colleagues explain in a very entertaining and enlightening way the real powerful message that harm reduction MUST be the new future in drug and alcohol treatment.
Having seen myself that 12 steps are not for everyone,I look forward to reading more about this and showing others that there is more than one way of helping people to live better and more productive lives. Thank you DeeDee for opening my eyes.
In this book Ms. Stout enlists the aid of such Harm Reduction pioneers as Allan Clear, Annie Fahy, Dan Bigg, et al. They share their experiences, strength and hope and to extol the virtues of Harm Reduction in a repetitive manner with subtle differences in life experiences, reminiscent of the stories in the back of the "Big Book". Despite this, I found this book to be quite illuminating. Here are some highlights.
In chapters 1 & 2, Dee-Dee gives us a brief definition of harm reduction and history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In a nut shell, she writes of harm reduction with abstinence as a possible goal, and that clients should have a say in their own treatment which has been contrary to popular belief; however, they (the clients) are responsible for their own behaviors. She explains that AA has harm reductionist philosophies throughout the 12 steps/traditions. She closes chapter one with a poignant tribute to John (Division Street) Szyler, heroin user and regular 12 step member who died of an overdose in 1996, but not before leaving us with these words: "Recovery is any positive change."
Then the gang chips in (no pun intended) with their contributions, pretty much piggy- backing on one another, describing their journey into harm reduction whether it be they were practicing it already and weren't aware of it or they came to harm reduction because of their dismay of the traditional treatment programs. Throughout their journey, they found innovative ways to help people with their addictions.
Despite my own personal experiences that I took at the beginning, I have found common ground with the concept of harm reduction. I'm sure that all of us in some parts of our lives have even practiced harm reduction without even knowing it. Whether we're learning to be more frugal with our money or watching our weight or in my case; the process of change that I have under gone throughout the years that has finally convinced me that my life has meaning. And for me, the same words ring true: "Recovery is any positive change." Isn't that what is all about anyway?