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Harm Reduction

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An interview with Dr. Stanton Peele. Produced and directed by Patrick and Andrea Bergin. Copyright First Vision Productions 2003. See Stanton Peele's website at http://www.peele.net Find out more...

Individuals first have to want something different in life for themselves. The majority of addicts enjoy what they're doing, and don't want to change so it makes the possibilities of harm reduction impossible.
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To: Chasity, The Harm Reduction is a well needed program for those who want it. Nevertheless, so many addicts are satisfied with their lives it's just as addicts we don't want to deal with the consequences that go along with getting high.
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Abstinence isn't human nature. Humans are genetically programmed, so to speak, to actively seek out altered states of consciousness. I  read a scientific article about this a long time ago, but I don't remember exactly where. This tendency leaves humans, and other species, vulnerable to supernormal stimuli, stimulus  that isn't found in nature, such as the that provided by white sugar, heroin, or vodka. The overwhelming pleasure provided by supernormal stimulus makes humans and other species vulnerable to addiction. At least that's what I read, and I tend to agree.
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charlesetta maam your not suppose here but on the discussion board for our class at eastfield
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the big book was written by people who already passed thru a "harm reduction" project afford in their attempts to make their lives more workable but in the end "harm reduction" efforts morphed ever so mystically into further harm and more trouble than before. this guy doesn't realize the hard won experience AA was born from of the hopeless down and out drunks that created the AA program …he thinks its some diabolical scheme to mind control everyone(not just drunks either) and i think that says more about how mr peele's mind works than the horrible nazi founded genocidal death cult called AA. get a clue you effen moron!
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I have one of Peele's books, visited his website, and his approach we use within our family. We love, support and encourage discussion within our family, no name calling, (alcoholic, addict), as well as, harm reduction.
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Well Hammer point me to a meeting for natural remission people and I will be the there! Wouldnt mind being a squad leader either! SOBER Son Of a Bitch Everything is Real !
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@Hammersley1967 Help others with no expectation of reward. That is the Mindset. It is called Altruism. Very few who attend AA have this mindset. Most people bring their craziness to AA meetings.? You were indoctrinated BEFORE you ever set foot in the door. Problem is that you get 20 half baked crazies in a room, who is going to teach them different?. I learned tolerance, acceptance, and most of all , I learned when to leave a situation AA is just a beginning not an end
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Where did do you learn "spelling"? "DEATH RECEPY ...,DEATH RECEPY ... SEING ... TIPE ... HEROJN"????
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Quickcap, yes. To date there is not evidence that addiction or any mental disorder for that matter has a biological etiology.
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The American Medical Assn. defines alcoholism as " a cronic primary disease". Are they wrong?
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What a smart guy...We need people like him in this world...there's humanity and balance in all his theories and soundness in his judgment...I love him to pieces...:)
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I am so glad I found this website !!! Finally the non AA people can voice their opinion and be heard without disdain of a bunch of old timers sittin around a table telling you "your best thinking got you you here, shut up and listen" !!! Sober 17 years with out AA !
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Getting Shitfaced is not the idea at all !! How bout skipping the shitfaced part and acting like an adult and having one or two! I guess that's where the term adult beverage came from!!
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@Hammersley1967 AA is not an institution . It is a mind set. It is an attitude. It is a spirit of Altruism. I cant tell you what to do. But it seems that you are still living the life of Slave and Master. You go ahead and become the Poster boy. Then the next generation of idiots can slam you to the ground and take control
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Did this idiot just say that you can use Herion recriationally. Has he ever met someone that used heroin??!!! Are you kidding me.
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harm reduction is for people who don't want to quit yet or ever and it is very necessary , abstinance is for people who want to quit and get there life back and be happy without substances and is also necessary for that. you obviously need both.
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That's not really what I was talking about. This guy's essential argument is a weak one. A person with a serious problem like heroin addiction should seek the help of a medical or scientific expert not some pseudoscientist (a.k.a. psychologist) who will tell them, "well just use less, moderation is the key, son!"
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This is what people who don't suffer from severe addiction think. Its not uncommon. "You can take a fair amount of heroine and be ok!" Obviously this man has little idea how drugs can affect the brain. Its because he is not a scientist, hes a psychologist... because psychology is subject to trends and fads you can get away saying just about anything that people will consume, without having to submit your work to peer review like real scientists do.
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