Harm Reduction at Casey House is an approach used to address the health and wellness of people living with HIV/AIDS. A Harm Reduction approach not only recognizes that it is not realistic to keep people from engaging in certain activities, but also values people’s right to make choices for themselves. The core principle of harm reduction is that it is beneficial to prevent and reduce the harm that can be associated with drug use.
To do this, we ensure that individuals are fully informed of risks, provided with the materials, resources and supports to use more safely as well as the means to make safer choices. Casey House works with clients to develop strategies to help reduce risks to their health that may have a negative impact on their overall well-being.
For Clients: What does it mean for your care?
Casey House offers you the support of a healthcare team that will work together with you to identify risks that may occur with the choices you make and the activities you engage in. Together we will develop healthcare goals and identify strategies and resources, which you will find helpful. Together we can approach your health care with the goal of minimizing your harms and maximizing your health.
Harm Reduction Strategies
Casey House’s approach to Harm Reduction uses a range of practical strategies. They include but are not limited to:
- Matching care and interventions to your desired goals for health
- Condom Distribution
- Methadone maintenance
- Education to maximize safety for clients, staff and the environment
In order to offer comprehensive and appropriate health and treatment options we attempt to gather relevant information and put forward a variety of service options. This approach may include:
- Screening for substance use that may have impact on your health and treatment options
- Asking about your substance use history
- Support and education on how HIV medications interact with other drugs and alcohol.
- Relapse prevention if you chose to stop using
- Smoking (Nicotine) Reduction Program
- Medical therapies to address substance withdrawal, dependence or overdose
- Referral to substance use / addiction programs and experts as requested
Where can I go for more information on Harm Reduction?
A resource for information related to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction:
CATIE: Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
A resource for information related to Harm Reduction:
Canadian Harm Reduction Network