SACHR: an example of an integrated, harm reduction drug treatment program

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2003 Dec;25(4):257-62. doi: 10.1016/s0740-5472(03)00086-2.


In this article, we report on our work at St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction, a multi-service agency committed to implementing effective public health strategies in disenfranchised communities from a harm reduction perspective. Based on our experiences, we hope to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the definition of harm reduction, while proposing to integrate harm reduction and abstinence-oriented treatment modalities into a model of comprehensive drug prevention and care. The five components of our harm reduction service provision are discussed, and a vignette is provided. We conclude with a plea for close collaborations between innovative researchers and harm reduction agencies, and a call for the full integration of harm reduction approaches into the substance abuse field at large.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Harm Reduction*
  • Humans
  • New York City
  • Psychological Theory
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Research
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • United States