Do you use drugs? Or are you already in recovery? Do you prefer alcohol, or even food? Struggling to give up? Is someone close to you suffering from addiction? Don't know what to do and want some advice from real people? Or maybe you're just passionate about drug law-reform... Or you have your own theories about addiction.
If you answered YES to any of the above, then harm_reduction is the community for you!
This is a strictly confidential place that does not discriminate between those that are suffering in addiction, or those that are recovering from an addiction. Here, we view all addictions as equal. There is absolutely no preference for posts relating to drugs, food addiction, drug law re-form matters or co-dependency, for example. As long as it has something to do with addiction, then it's welcome here... definitely!
This is not a place to preach, but a place to share... and it's well and truly alive, so join us!
Here at harm_reduction your experiences are what really count and will make the community as diverse as it is unique... because we aren't all the same, and this place ain't about being all the same... It's about covering all corners, because then nobody gets left behind. But be warned: if you can't handle others having a different opinion to your own, then don't bother to join! It just creates un-necessary drama and this is definitely a drama-free zone.
If you're looking for a community based on numbers - not quality of sharing - then this is not the place for you either.
Criteria for a successful entry to this community requires not only an active journal but must be at least THREE month's old. If you really want to be considered outside of this criteria, then please message opiferum stating with a reasonable argument why you consider yourself to be worthy of a waiver.
Please note: ALL unsuccessful applications will be rejected without a given reason if the criteria for membership is clearly not met.
If you meet the criteria for membership, then please answer a minimum of THREE questions as below that must be filled in by you and then posted to harm_reduction so other members can get to know you better. This is because we do not want lurkers or people that don't contribute in some way or people that don't even have a history of drug use, or addiction.
Here is a copy of the questionnaire you can pick and choose AT LEAST THREE questions to answer... should you wish to answer every question, go for it! If, however, you do not want to answer the questions, then a written introduction must still nevertheless be submitted.
*How did you find this community? *How has addiction affected you? *What is/was your drug of choice? *Do you have any mental health issues with which you struggle and seek support here? *Do you believe one can maintain or manage their drug use to not interfere with normal life, why or why not? *Do you currently attend recovery meetings? If yes, which ones and what is your opinion of that specific group? *Name a valuable lesson you have learned in the past 12 months. *Tell us about your rehab experiences... *What are you most thankful for today? *How do you cope with cravings? *What are your personal triggers and how do you deal with them? *What can you bring to this community?
As for other rules, well, if you're the sort of person that can't use basic common sense when it comes to posting in a community that demands the ongoing exercise of discretion and respect, well, you'll just have to think twice about whether you want to be that person or not. An obvious rule, for example, is no name calling. Whilst we may not like what the other person is saying, there is no reason to call the other person a derogatory name.
There are no right or wrong answers in life, so remember, the same goes around here, too.
For the record, this community was created by opiferum in 2008. It was recently resurrected with the intention never to lose rightful ownership again, so join us and keep the flame burning in the spirit of harm_reduction (the quest to reduce all harms to the self). _____________________
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to approach...