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Reducing Harm During Recovery

At Villa Tranquil Recovery, we are all about reducing the harm during your recovery journey with us. The Recovery Research Institute calls harm reduction “an approach that promotes health in a way that meets people where they are at, accepting that not everyone is ready or capable of stopping their substance use at a given time.” Instead of focusing on preventing and eliminating the use of the substance, harm reduction urges you to not make judgments about the person and their unique recovery behavior. The more we treat those struggling with respect and compassion, the less likely they are to be scared to come forward because of stigma. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible. We aim to make a change and empower our clients. 

According to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), there are seven important principles of harm reduction programs:

  • A non-judgmental approach that treats every person with dignity, compassion, and respect, regardless of circumstance or condition.
  • Utilizing evidence-based, feasible, and cost-effective practices to prevent and reduce harm;
    Accepting behavior change as an incremental process in which individuals engage in self-discovery and transition through “stages of change;”
  • Active and meaningful participation of drug users, former drug users, and community stakeholders in shaping sensible policies and practices around drug use;
  • Focusing on enhancing quality of life for individuals and communities, rather than promoting cessation of all drug use;
  • Recognizing complex social factors that influence vulnerability to drug use and drug-related harm, including poverty, social inequality, discrimination, and trauma;
  • Empowering drug users to be the primary agents in reducing the harms of their drug use;
  • Commitment to defending universal human rights.

The NCHRC also states that “harm reduction encompasses a broad range of activities and interventions designed to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and communities:

  • Outreach and peer education to reduce risks associated with drug use;
  • Needle and syringe exchange programs (SEPs);
  • Opioid substitution therapies (OST) for drug dependence, including methadone and buprenorphine;
  • Confidential counseling and testing for HIV, hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted or bloodborne infections;
  • Wound care;
  • Overdose prevention activities, including Naloxone (a prescription drug to prevent overdose) and first aid training;
  • Provision of primary care and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections;
  • Referrals to drug treatment programs.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you. We want to reduce harm as much as we can during your stay with us. Our trained and experienced staff is eager to help you today. To learn more about what we offer, call us today at: 214-799-3080