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How Harm Reduction is Changing Lives

August 19, 2023 Sober Podcast | Maia Svalavitz Season 2 Episode 33
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How Harm Reduction is Changing Lives
Show Notes

Our SOBERLEBRITY guest on Sober Podcast is Maia Szalavitz. She’s a neuroscience journalist, and has authored several books including: New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, and her most recent publication - Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction.

With over 35 years of recovery, Maia is here to share her experience with seeing harm reduction grow over several years and how she views addiction as a learning disorder. We learn that when we focus on stopping people from getting hurt rather than stopping them from getting high, the statistics show that more lives are saved. 

When she first found sobriety in 1988, the AIDS epidemic was at an all-time high, people were dying. She shares on witnessing many being against supplying clean needles to IV substance users, which was right around the time that needle exchanges started to appear. Total abstinence was the only way to treat addiction Don’t miss out on this mind-boggling interview based on several statistics that prove, when it comes to treating addiction, harm reduction is one of our most effective tools!

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