HAMS in Reader's Digest March 2014
"I like to drink," says Jane, 54, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her privacy. "I like the buzz." Losing her job in 2008 led the Virginia businesswoman to seek comfort in alcohol. "I didn't realize how much my identity was wrapped up in work. When I didn't have it, I was lost," she says. She liked to have a glass or two of wine at night to unwind, but over a year and a half, she switched from wine to vodka, polishing off up to a pint in a sitting.
HAMS in the Sage Encyclopedia of Alcohol January 2015
The HAMS Harm Reduction Network, Inc. is a free-of-charge, lay-led informational and support group for people who wish to make any positive change in their drinking habits ranging from safer drinking to reduced drinking to quitting alcohol altogether. HAMS is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation founded by Kenneth Anderson in the state of New York in 2007. The acronym HAMS stands for harm reduction, abstinence, and moderation support.
HAMS in The Fix March 27, 2013
Harm reduction is not a magic bullet to allow everyone to drink safely. HAMS is an option - a third way - for people who have been unable or unwilling to achieve either abstinence or moderation. We offer people a choice of goals - from safer drinking to reduced drinking to quitting altogether - and support for any positive change in drinking habits. For therapists seeking an alternative to AA and other programs for certain clients, we can be a valuable resource.
PRO TALK articles by HAMS founder Kenneth Anderson on Rehabs.com
Criticism of the treatment industry and suggestions for evidence based interventions from Kenneth Anderson on The PRO TALK.
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HAMS founder Kenneth Anderson's Psychology Today blog - Overcoming Addiction
There are many ways to overcome an addiction. Some people quit entirely, others move from problematic to non-problematic use by adopting safer and reduced use strategies. Some people change all at once while others change gradually via a series of small steps. Most people overcome addictions on their own. Harm reduction is a set of strategies to help keep people safe and alive and to foster and speed natural recovery from addiction. Read More