Author: Andrew Tatarsky

Andrew Tatarsky is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance misuse and other potentially risky behaviors. He has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for 30 years working as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. He has devoted his career to developing a comprehensive understanding of the broad spectrum of substance use problems and an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy approach to treating this spectrum. This treatment is described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and several professional papers that extend the approach. The book has been released in paperback, published in Poland by the Polish Office of Drug Prevention and is currently being translated into Spanish and Russian.

Dr. Tatarsky is Founder and Director of The Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment and professional training center based on Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy (IHRP) for the spectrum of substance misuse and other high-risk behaviors. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York.

He is a Clinical Advisor to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State, Founding board member and President-elect of the Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, Chairman of the Board of Moderation Management Network, founding board member of Association for Harm Reduction Therapy and Chairman of Mental Health Professionals in Harm Reduction and Faculty, Advanced Specialization in Family and Couple Therapy, The Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University.
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The City College of the City University of New York; May 1986. Dissertation, “Cocaine Abuse and Psychological Functioning: An Exploratory Comparison of Recreational and Compulsive Cocaine Users”
  • President, Division on Addiction, New York State Psychological Association; Founder and Director, The Center for Optimal Living
  • Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Call for National Dialogue

We are losing the battle against addiction and its negative consequences in spite of the well-meaning intentions of most treatment providers. What needs to change?