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At Home In the Dark

Watch Dr. Andrew Tatarsky discuss the difference between an abstinence-only model and the harm reduction approach in addiction treatment. Watch a clip of “At Home in the Dark,” a short film exploring trauma & PTSD.
The series is a highly personal, creative and subjective exploration of one of our culture’s most ignored and misunderstood public health crises. From the streets of Harlem to the jungles of Peru, At Home in the Dark introduces the viewer to a diverse range of trauma survivors, from former slave-holding blue bloods to suffering veterans, and takes their tragedy and turns it into art with beauty and meaning.

Demystifying Medical Marijuana in New York: Implications for Mental Health and Drug Treatment Providers

In May 2014 the New School hosted a panel discussion titled “Demystifying Medical Marijuana in New York: Implications for Mental Health and Drug Treatment Providers.”

Introduced by the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley and moderated by John Crepsac, LCSW, the speakers included: Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, Dr. Suneal Aggarwal of Americans for Safe Access, psychiatrist and author Dr. Julie Holland, and Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, founder and director of the Center for Optimal Living.

Dr. Jenifer Talley Interview for Harm Reduction Television

In July 2013 the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley was interviewed for Harm Reduction Television by Kenneth Anderson, a leading harm reductionist and founder of HAMS, the online harm reduction for alcohol network. The subjects they discussed included mindfulness, harm reduction, trauma and treatment.

Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program (www.psychedelicprogram.com) aims to meet the needs of clients, the community, and mental health professionals. The program provides a setting where clients may speak about their experiences and gain psychotherapeutic support. Clinicians can also turn to this program to learn how to best work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use, to understand what are the potential benefits and harms associated with these substances, and how to provide optimal client care.

Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment of Substance Misuse: An Integrative Perspective

A Model of Complexity for Real World Substance Use Treatment

Presented at the New York State Psychological Association’s Division of Addictions Conference 2015.

 

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky on Integrative Harm Reduction – On Paul DeRienzo’s Let Them Talk Series

Harm reduction is a revolutionary framework for addressing substance misuse and addiction and other potentially risky behaviors that does not require abstinence. All positive changes are viewed as successes; so reducing, using more safely, moderating, controlling and stopping the behaviors are all seen as acceptable goals on the path towards positive change, healing and growth.

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Articles
Taking Addiction to the Mat  |   Jenifer Talley PhD
TheFix.com’s ProVoices, August 2015
Context Matters: The Impact of Trauma, Culture and Policy on Women’s Health  |   Jenifer Talley PhD
Rehab.com’s ProTalk, April 2015
The Role of Yoga in Embodied Recovery  |   Jenifer Talley PhD
Recovery.org’s Pro Corner, February 2015
Pros Talk Naloxone  |  , and
Rehabs.com, June 2014
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Call for National Dialogue  |  
Rehabs.com, April 2014
Medical Marijuana Right for New York, Say ASOs  | Winnie McCroy
Edge on the Net, February 2014
We Don’t Treat Brains, We Treat People  |  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
Behavioral Health News, Jan. 2014 (orginally published in The Fix)
Medical Marijuana Is Humane  |  Andrew Tatarsky
TimesUnion.com, Jan. 2014
El Fracaso de la Abstinencia  |  Paula Molina
Que Pasa, Jan. 2014

 

 

 

Professional Publications

Kellogg, S. H., & Tatarsky, A. (2012). Re-envisioning Addiction Treatment: A Six-point Plan, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 30:1, 109-128.

Tatarsky, A., & Kellogg, S. (2012). Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. In: Marlatt, G.A., Larimer, M.E., & Witkiewitz, K. (Editors). Harm Reduction: Pragmatic Strategies for Managing High-Risk Behaviors, Second Edition. New York, NY, The Guilford Press.

Kellogg, S.H. & Tatarsky, A.(2010). The Addiction Treatment Roundtable: A Clinical Wisdom Study. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10:3, 339-341.

Tatarsky, A. & Kellogg, S.H. Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Case of Substance Use, Multiple Trauma, and Suicidality. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10), pp.123-135.

Tatarsky, A. & Marlatt, G.A. (2010). State of the Art in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: An Emerging Treatment for Substance Misuse. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10), pp.117-122.

Tatarsky, A. Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (A User’s Guide to Developing Your Healthiest Relationship to Pot). (2010).  In: Holland, J. (Editor). The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis, Rochester, VT, Inner Traditions.

Tatarsky, A. Guest co-editor. (2010). Harm Reduction in Psychotherapy, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10).   Kellogg, S. H., &

Tatarsky, A. (2009).  Harm reduction psychotherapy.  Encyclopedia of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Tatarsky, A. (Summer, 2008). Addiction, meaning and understanding. Psych-e-News, Magazine from the New York State Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis, Issue #2.

Tatarsky, A. Harm reduction psychotherapy: Extending the reach of traditional substance use treatment. (2003). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Vol. 25, pp. 249-256.

Tatarsky, A. (1998). An integrative approach to harm reduction psychotherapy: A case of problem drinking secondary to depression. In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice. Vol. 4/ 2, pp. 16-29.

 

 

Audio/Meditation Guides

These four mindfulness tracks were recorded by the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley from her clinical practice. They are taken with permission from her personal website at JeniferTalley.com. Thank you to the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. John Pasagiannis for helping with the recording process for some of these tracks.

Guided Mindfulness Practices (35 minutes)

The first part of this track includes a 20-minute guided body scan that will help strengthen your connection to bodily sensations and the breath. Then follows the 5-minute SOBER Breathing Space that was developed as part of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. The final 10 minutes are a simple grounding and breathing practice using the five senses that can be incorporated throughout your day.

 

Brief Mindfulness Practice (10 minutes)

This brief mindfulness practice is designed to help connect you with what’s happening in the present moment. It may be used as a morning meditation to help get you started for the day. It can also be used throughout the day as a form of a “check-in” with yourself. This track was developed as part of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.

 

Mountain Meditation (11 minutes)

This mountain meditation was practiced while each person held one stone. It can be used at times when you need to feel more grounded and settled.