Harm Reduction is an evidence-based, client-centered approach that seeks to reduce the health and social harms associated with addiction and substance use, without necessarily requiring people who use substances from abstaining or stopping. Included in the harm reduction approach to substance use is a series of programs, services, and practices. Essential to a harm reduction approach is that it provides people who use substances a choice of how they will minimize harms through non-judgemental and non-coercive strategies in order to enhance skills and knowledge to live safer and healthier lives.

Harm reduction is non-judgemental.

Harm reduction is strength-based.

Harm reduction is person-centered.

Harm reduction is dignified.

Harm reduction is love.

*Reference: CMHA website