Abstinence vs. Harm-reduction: Deconstructing a False Debate.
Historically, the harm-reduction movement was created as an alternative to a philosophy of care based on weaning and abstinence as the only solution. Conversely, some addiction specialists now only offer a lifelong DRT prescription. Both options ignore the overriding notion of responsibility of the people concerned. How can we overcome these two polarities and put individuals at the centre of the decisions concerning their wellbeing?