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Build empathy and new management techniques for those dealing with substance abuse

Substance abuse issues have traditionally been dealt with through a public safety lens, but the conversation is starting to change. A more public health-focused approach is centered around empathy and treatment rather than punishment.

Supporting Data
of residents say substance abuse services are available in their neighborhood

Data from 2017 Needs Assessment

biggest public safety concern in the West Side is drug activity

Data from 2017 Needs Assessment

Evidence-Based Research

“Beyond Harm Reduction: A New Model of Substance Abuse Treatment Further Integrating Psychological Techniques”

Futterman, R., Lorente, M., & Silverman, S. W. (2005). Journal Of Psychotherapy Integration, 15(1), 3-18.


A new model of substance abuse treatment is proposed that emphasizes working on the process of behaviors in session and is based on integrating recent developments in psychological theory and technique (behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic) into a harm reduction framework, with examples from a clinic that uses this treatment. Implications for program development, patient engagement, retention, sobriety, and overall functional improvement are explored.

Evidence-based research was collected by Monmouth University

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