April Wilson Smith

April is the director of organizational development for Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support (HAMS), an international group founded by Kenneth Anderson that supports people in harm reduction approaches to their alcohol consumption. She has a master’s in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University. She presented her thesis research on the experiences of LGBT people in traditional 12-step rehabs at the National Harm Reduction Conference in 2016.

“We Will Strap You Down”—A Hospital Illegally Forced Me Into a Detox Ward

It will go easier on you if you cooperate with them," said the nursing assistant sitting beside my bed. Clearly,…

September 30, 2020

Coerced Into Rehab? Here’s a 28-Day Survival Guide

January traditionally sees a surge in rehab admission rates. And if you’re going to residential addiction treatment by choice, I…

January 13, 2020

Alcohol Must Be Part of the Harm Reduction Conversation

Alcohol is our favorite recreational drug besides caffeine. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 179 million…

October 1, 2019

Deprogramming From AA—When a Fellowship Resembles a Cult

Katherine was on the subway home from a meeting with her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor when it hit. They had just…

May 2, 2019

Women Imprisoned: When Substance Use and Treatment Become Means of Control

Are you sure he’s not cheating on you?” I asked the woman next to me in rehab. She was silent.…

October 15, 2018