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Taking the ​Escalator 

Substance Use Therapy Tools

Harm Reduction

12 Step Alternatives      Addiction and Substance Use Resource

      Non 12 Step Motivational Harm Reduction Tools for Substance Use & Mental Health

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Thanks to everyone who reached out to collaborate. Looking forward to interacting more with Taking the Escalator users with ideas and skills. Please reach out to Ken at [email protected] - THANKS!


Taking the Escalator Website Undergoing Expansion - HELP WANTED

Looking for Digital Marketing/Web-Design Person (Or Service) - Taking the Escalator is a nonprofit with a limited budget but seeking affordable assistance with digital marketing, website redesign and help exploring other technical expansion ideas and projects. Open to working with a less experienced person with new ideas - Someone who understands substance use and mental health issues preferred but not required



Group Icebreaker of the Week:

Listen and Learn

This is just a brief group discussion module focused on listening. 

Discuss the following thoughts as a group:

  • A time when I wish I would have listened was….
  • A time when I wish I didn’t listen was…
  • Today I want to tune out conversations about….
  • Today, I want to listen and hear more about…

Taking the Escalator: FOLLOWER SPOTLIGHT

Meredith Obrien is a top notch clinician in New Jersey who specializes in working with people with Anorexia. Meredith recently published a book about her own experiences and recovery which is discussed in this video interview with Taking the Escalator creator, Ken

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Thanks to all who have sent positive and encouraging messages. A common question sent in is: "Can I use these materials?" - The answer is YES - Everything on the Taking the Escalator is free for clinicians, case managers and others working in substance use and mental health treatment and prevention settings.

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