addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Support Group 4 All Addictive Issues - Explore Harm Reduction and/or Abstinence

  • Jul 8, 2013 · 7:15 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/reduceharmlots .

Come to our very first Meetup. You will be a pioneer. It should be fun, very provocative and exciting. We will discuss the purposes you'd like this Meetup be for. And my vision of it, as the creator. I'm connected to world-renowned addiction experts, am a veteran of AA (and REJECT the dogmatic parts of it, while embracing other parts), and have read ALL the books about addiction. Let's support and respect each other. And let's explore how's thing our going for us in a controlled, safe, relatively anonymous environment. ALL OUR WELCOME. ALL...

Ours is a NEW support and community-building group for those interested in non-judgmentally, scientifically, and respectfully discussing and working on various forms of HARM REDUCTION for *any* kind of addictive issue. HARM reduction includes ABSTINENCE for many, or learning to moderate for others. And,


(watch this for information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVLo9N1CCwE - Dr. Andrew Tatarsky on Addiction and Harm Reduction)

for others, certain substances may benefit them from their point of view. Our group takes the fundamentally respectful aspects of 12 Step Programs that are proven to work, but that *rejects* the non-scientific, dogmatic aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous. We embrace the latest and most evidence-based approaches to determining your relationship with mind-altering substances. ALL OUR WELCOME. We are the pioneers. We are on the cutting edge. This movement is growing all over the world.

WE NEED EACH OTHER. Helping each other and learning in a respectful and FUN environment is one goal of this group. JOIN US, I, Jason Bennett, have lots of Meetup Organizer experience. And we're helping build world-wide, cutting edge movement.

In fact, the very founder of AA would be proud, I believe -- that are we leaving the dogmatism of step programs and KEEPING the best of it, and talking about what works for YOU. And sharing what has worked for others. And helping each other with commitment. For some, occasional marijuana use may be medicine. For others, it may be a harmful addiction. Come experience an environment where I will expose you to the latest science and emotional skills for dealing with substance use. And we'll have FUN. No speeches, sermons, lectures or rules. We come together recognizing supporting growth, fun, healing, medicine and consciousness is the goal.

For some this is abstinence; for others it means 6 drinks of alcohol per week; for others, it means doing Mushrooms with a Shaman. JOIN US for an environment where everyone is allowed your own journey. And we all help each other. The 12 traditions in AA are very helpful for us, as a guide for how to treat each other. TRY IT, it's the new wave....We'll have support group meetups...and socials...and, eventually, expert speakers.

This will be the format of this particular meetup: Jason B. will open with an introduction about the purpose and goals of our group for about 15 minutes, taking questions and telling you about his background. We will then spend the rest of the meeting with a moderated and facilitated discussion with a "show of hands," meaning you can raise your hand if you want and share or ask the group questions. We will end when sharing and questions is completed. And some may want to have more discussion afterwards, informally, like fellowship after 12 step meetings. Motivational Interviewing will be utilized by Jason, and is encouraged to be used by others. (read about that here: http://www.samhsa.gov/co-occurring/topics/training/motivational.aspx ) There is no interrupting others. There is no cross-talk. Questions asked of the group shall be answered in the format of what works for YOU, not what you think will work for anyone else. There will be a 3 minute time limit on sharing and questions per person. If time allows, you may respond more than once. Because this is a new group, Jason will chair the meeting and call on people to share/answer/ask questions for a few months. We end with a moment of silence.

Suggested Reading:

The Truth About Addiction and Recovery, by Dr. Stanton Peele
Over the Influence, by Pat Denning and others
Alcoholics Anonymous, by Bill Wilson and Others
HARM Reduction Psychotherapy, by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

ALSO, YOUTUBE the above people and watch their videos and interviews. Youtube: HARM Reduction and watch interviews on that.

(If you truly cannot afford the five dollar donation, you may volunteer. Write to me. PLEASE COME NO MATTER WHAT.)

Join or login to comment.

  • David G.

    Is this an alternative to AA/NA because im not nominally normal.

    June 27

  • Michael N.

    Working on relocating to the Venice are soon. Glad to see a group of this type so close by. I'm rather new to the model as it applies to moderation of addictive behaviors in nominally normal folks (whoever they are) but have used it and seen it used successfully in my work in social services. The "housing first" model is just one example of what can happen when people with chronic addictive issues are brought of the street and mainstreamed back into a more healthy societal model. Lo and behold, they very often begin to modify their own behaviors. Hope to meet you all soon.
    Michael Niva

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to join

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might not be able to get out of work early to go.

    July 7, 2013

  • Eileen Lee G.

    Jason Please make the meeting place closer to San fernando Valley because I live in Tarzana and I travel by bus.Eileen

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ride fell through. Santa Monica too far for me (in Burbank). Can we change meetup location to LA, Hwy, N. Hwy, or Studio City? I'll follow u on Facebook.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to make it.

    July 1, 2013

  • Eileen Lee G.

    Is anyone coming from San Fernando Valley ?I Eileen G. would need a ride to Barnes and nobles please and thank you! I will pay for gas.

    June 17, 2013

    • Eileen Lee G.

      Dear Robin I live in tarzana and now I saw in the comments that you are not coming to the event. I can not make it I have no car and it is too far by bus. Maybe next time Robin.

      June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is an old comment. I think I am going. Call me[masked]

      June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to make it.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe

    June 20, 2013

No one went

  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

Your organizer's refund policy for Support Group 4 All Addictive Issues - Explore Harm Reduction and/or Abstinence

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy