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Inner Growth


I've worked with thousands of patients and clients - including all family members - for well over 30 years.  I've sought training from, and worked with, many of the top researchers & experts in addiction, health behavior change, relapse prevention, trauma, and more.  

​People don't resist change; they resist being changed.

Peter Senge, PhD; MIT

If you’ve tried traditional addiction treatment or 12-Step based programs for your addiction  and you'd like to try another approach -  or you're curious about options other than abstinence for a change, Harm Reduction RecoveryTM  may be the right alternative. 

  • Harm Reduction Recovery:

    • Focuses on any positive change not just abstinence

    • Uses multiple, science-based strategies you choose

    • Honors people’s choices & lives & families’ uniqueness

    • Applies change models that are trauma-informed & culturally sensitive/humble

    • Meets all family members where they are - and helps them move forward when they're ready 


Dee-Dee Stout
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When life gives you lemons,

make lemonade.

—Elbert Hubbard & my mom!

Dee-Dee Stout

What is recovery anyway?  In Harm Reduction Recovery, we first of all ask you to define recovery for yourself:  abstinence, moderation, sober curious & everything in between are all great goals.  Recovery for me encompasses 3 pivotal principles:  mindfulness, connectedness, and inner growth.

  • Mindfulness is the way we communicate. - with ourselves and everything else in the world around us:  Are we truly living our lives, deeply aware of our goals and values? Are we seeing how our day- to-day movements align or miss our own goals & values?

  • Connectedness is about surrounding ourselves with people we love, who love us, and who want the best for us, always. It may also mean having a personal spiritual connection  either inside or outside of ourselves. 

  • Inner Growth asks, are we moving forward most of the time in our lives?  Are we seeking out new adventures, new experiences, challenging our minds/bodies regularly?  Harm Reduction Recovery doesn’t seek to encourage perfection in behavior but rather it seeks to help make you a perfect human being:  someone who makes mistakes and moves forward more compassionately because of them. 

Welcome to living your own recovered life!

For a free 30-minute consultation – in person, by phone, or video platform - call or email me today at 510-919-9678 or

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The only regret I have in life

is not having made more mistakes.

—Dee-Dee Stout

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