Indonesia Tries a Harm Reduction Approach

An abstinence-focused Alcoholics Anonymous program in Indonesia helped Sam Nugraha recover from heroin addiction—although the approach felt foreign to him, having grown up in the Malu culture that emphasizes concealing feelings.
 
Now, Nugraha runs a rehab center in Indonesia with a harm reduction approach and a comforting motto: “When the whole world rejects you, stop by at Rumah Singgah.” Rather than basing success on sobriety, Nugraha gauges success on patients’ ability to keep a job, stay healthy, and maintain relationships. 
 
The Indonesian government is interested in Nugraha’s model, and now he’s doing trainings across the region.
 
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