Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction Services
Iris House’s Harm Reduction program incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. We provide critical support to clients whose patterns of substance use and abuse are affecting their overall health, including their ability to remain adherent to their HIV treatment regimen.
We consider the following principles (neatly summarized by the Harm Reduction Coalition) central to harm reduction practice.
Our Harm Reduction Counselors are available to assist clients with building strength to make better choices and achieve healthier living.
The goal of Iris House’s Harm Reduction & Recovery program is to help clients identify their high risk sexual and substance using behaviors that could result in the transmission of HIV to others or lead to negative health outcomes for themselves.