Harm Reduction Philosophy

The Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction (CMN) has adopted the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Harm Reduction Policy for Psychoactive Substance Abuse.

Harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim to reduce risks and harm associated with the use of psychoactive substances. It acknowledges that abstinence is not always a realistic goal for some people. It is about meeting people where they are and identifying the goals they wish to achieve based on their individual needs and circumstances.

Harm reduction principles recognize the inherent value of human beings and the importance of an inclusive community that can support people who use substances with compassion. People who feel supported and part of a community, rather than isolated, are more likely to seek help when they need it (AHS Harm Reduction Services).

Access the Harm Reduction Module for Primary Care.