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Resiliency: Substance Use and Harm Reduction

This LibGuide provides materials about substance use. disorder (SUD) and harm reduction.

The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall 

Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis.

Addiction: A Disease of Our Survival System | Malcolm Horn | TEDxBillings

Dr. Horn has a unique way of describing what addiction is and how it impacts the brain. She presents a complex issue in a unique and engaging manner - a mix of entertainment and education. Dr. Horn received her Doctorate in Psychology, with a teaching emphasis, from Walden University and has over a decade of progressive clinical experience working with the complex diagnoses that often accompany addictions and co-occurring disorders.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is licensed by the State of Montana as an Addiction Counselor (LAC). She is certified as an SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) to conduct assessments for those with a safety-sensitive position under the Department of Transportation. She also has accreditation from the NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors) as a Master Level Addiction Counselor (MAC).

Malcolm currently works at Rimrock Foundation and is responsible for ongoing training and education for clinical and support staff. She is passionate about our systems of care and how we can change systems to improve our health and outcomes. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Substance Use Basics for College and University Students

Substances can have dangerous physical and mental health consequences. As a good rule of thumb, if a drug isn’t prescribed to you, you shouldn’t take it. Pretty quickly what feels like casual or experimental substance use can turn into a substance use problem which has long-lasting and negative consequences. Before you decide to use a substance, know the risks and potential consequences, or reach out to a counselor to talk about it.

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Supporting the Whole Student

Students share experiences, realties, and coping mechanisms on life as a college student in the era of COVID-19.

Harm Reduction in the Collegiate Setting: Implementing Practical, Evidence-Based Programs & Policies

Presented By: Dr. Nina Christie. This session will focus first on understanding the basic history and fundamentals of Harm Reduction as a movement and philosophy. Then, Dr. Christie will discuss how to implement these principles in the collegiate setting. In her talk, she will focus on specific, evidence-based strategies to reduce substance-related harms among college students. The latter portion of the session will explore what colleges and universities are currently doing to reduce substance-related harms on their own campuses. The goal is for each attendee to leave with an action item of how to implement one program or policy that could benefit their own campus community.

What is Harm Reduction?

This video is part of the NIDA series At the Intersection: Stories of Research, Compassion, and HIV Services for People who Use Drugs. “Harm reduction” is defined as interventions aimed to help people avoid negative effects of drug use, but many understand harm reduction as a way to meet people where they are with kindness and respect. In this video, we hear from people who use drugs, people who are in recovery, and harm reduction professionals on what harm reduction is (and isn’t) in their own words.