Thursday, November 5, 2015

I'm Trying to Change My Life for the Better

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One of the reasons I started this blog is because I'm trying to change my life. And I've been doing well so far. I haven't consumed any crystal meth for more than two months and I've been off crack cocaine for a good stretch of time.

Granted, I've been in the hospital, but 'clean time' is clean time whether I'm in jail or in a rehab facility or a hospital. The thing that matters is that I am not consuming drugs. What remains to be seen is whether or not I stay clean when I am discharged from the San Francisco Nursing Center.

The discharge plan I'm working on includes getting into a harm reduction program. Those programs accept clients as the are. Whether they are using drugs or not and the staff are non-judgemental. They provide resources and advice and they are more supportive than in-house treatment programs when a client relapses.

I've never been a client at a harm reduction program, but the research I've performed leads me to believe it's a good idea to pursue. The paragraph below was pulled from a harm reduction information website.

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.

Maybe I stand a good chance to change my life for the better. I'm certainly going to try to remain drug free. I've been able to do it in the past so I don't see why I cannot do it again.

Here is a downloadable PDF file of this article.

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