“In Your Right Mind,” a weekly radio program that features in-depth roundtable discussions of today’s behavioral health headlines, will be airing an informative show, “Harm Reduction: A Controversial Yet Promising Approach to Treating Addiction,” this Sunday, February 4, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC in Los Angeles. The broadcast focuses on different harm reduction strategies and how they are being used in the realm of addiction treatment. The show is hosted by Tonmoy Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Health, who provides an in-depth medical and clinical expertise, and co-host Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
“Traditional approaches view abstinence as the only way to recover from an addiction, but, as addiction is a chronic, relapsing and remitting illness, taking such an approach is not always in the patients’ best interests,” says Dr. Sharma. “An approach known as harm reduction aims to minimize the negative consequences of drug use and minimize the harm to patients who suffer from addiction to reduce morbidity and mortality.”
The broadcast features Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D., a psychology professor and scientist at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions. Dr. Witkiewitz research is largely centered on studying the process of addictive behavior relapse and empirically supported treatments for addiction. These efforts have led to several empirical investigations on the mechanisms of successful addiction treatment outcomes, as well as the development of interventions to prevent addictive behavior relapse, including mindfulness-based relapse prevention and group-based relapse prevention interventions.
Another panelist is Stephany Campos, the executive administrator and program manager for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. This organization provides a comprehensive program for any person in need of health, mental health, housing or quality of life services, thus reducing the impact of homelessness in the communities of Los Angeles County.