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Cathy Habas


Pitfalls of an Abstinence-Only Approach in Addiction Recovery


An abstinence-only approach to addiction recovery says you are only successful if you aren't using. However, relapses happen, and it's important for people to not feel shame when they do. Negative emotions can turn a slip into a major binge, and that's not helpful for the overall recovery journey. A harm-reduction approach that does not associate relapse with personal failure can also protect the health of people who aren't quite committed to complete abstinence.


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