A delightful review of the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: written by Bruce Levine on CounterPunch, because yes, we’re all different and it’s time we recognized and respected that across the whole spectrum of experience.
Millions of people believe that psychiatric medications have saved their lives, while millions of others report that their psychiatric medications were unhelpful or made things worse. All this can result in mutual disrespect for different choices. I can think of no better antidote for this polarization than the recently revised, second edition Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs. This 52-page guide, published by the Icarus Project and Freedom Center, is now available FREE ONLINE in English as well as in Spanish, German, and Greek. Harm reduction is pragmatic and recognizes that there is no single solution for every person. Instead, as the guide states, “Harm reduction accepts where people are at and educates them to make informed choices and calculated trade-offs that reduce risk and increase wellness.” Harm reduction is about providing information, options, resources and support so that people can make choices that fit their situation and who they are.
I wish the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs had been in existence for my entire career as a clinical psychologist….
…In the sometimes silly, routinely hypocritical, and often disrespectful psychiatric drug debate, the Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs is an oasis of wisdom and compassion. And the fact that Will Hall, the Icarus Project, and Freedom Center are providing the guide free is an antidote to cynicism—yes, there are some people who are actually more passionate about helping emotional sufferers than making a buck off of them. (continue reading article)
I wrote about why it’s important to be pro-choice and pro-information, both, on Beyond Meds too: Informed consent and pro-choice when it comes to drugs and medications. We can never know someone else’s experience. To impose ours on someone else is loaded with hubris and can be destructive and abusive too.
More articles by Bruce Levine on Beyond Meds: