Dear Friends of Radiant Futures,
Every year, Radiant Futures evaluates our program standards in an effort to increase our inclusivity and update policies that may be causing more harm than good. In 2019, one of the changes we made based on extensive research, was to adopt a harm reduction approach for survivors who use substances. Up to this point, survivors needed to be sober for at least three days before they could enroll in our programs.
A harm reduction approach recognizes that requiring individuals who may use substances to immediately stop can, in fact, be dangerous to their mental, physical, and emotional health. In order to ensure the survivor’s wellbeing, it is important to create a holistic plan that identifies the reason for use, and slowly replace the need for substance with healthy coping mechanisms.
As you can imagine, enduring abuse often leads survivors to creating an avenue of escape which tends to manifest itself into substance misuse. With the support of our team here at Radiant Futures, you- our donors, and our partnership with sobriety programs and experts, survivors can free themselves from their addiction and build the life they want.
I invite you to read Lilia’s story and see how your support impacted her life as she overcame her addiction, healed from abuse, and reclaimed her life. I also encourage you to read our article about the harm reduction approach and see why we adopted this method into our services. And I hope you will join us for our 6th Annual ¾ Time Dueling Piano event- sponsorships are now available- that raises funds to support survivors like Lilia.
Thank you for your partnership in bringing forth a future where everyone lives and thrives free from violence and harm.
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