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High Impact

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...which is why we need to be exploring all the available treatment options to support the complex needs of this group.’ In preparation for the diamorphine-assisted treatment programme, he and...

Change Grow Live’s ground-breaking approach to tackling hepatitis C has achieved a major milestone

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...their treatment journey. This is the first time that anyone in England has received treatment for hepatitis C directly as a result of substance misuse service participation in the treatment...

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) is showing dramatic progress in transforming lives. DDN reports. Read the full article in DDN Magazine ‘Life was shit. I would rob Peter to pay Paul....

Stand up and be counted

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...we provide the right opportunities for women to engage with treatment, and that our treatment offers them what they need.’ I’m pleased to say that the sector is now working...

Ireland at ‘tipping point’ with problem cocaine use

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...once if they had more than one treatment episode in a year, HRB points out. Two out of five cases were new to treatment, with almost a third seeking treatment...

Get engaged

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...their treatment and feel safe and secure with staff from their treatment provider. This is particularly relevant for those who have had traumatic experiences, as addiction treatment may be daunting...

Rough Justice

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...hugely important and we won’t reach our aim of reducing the level of deaths in custody.’ More than Treatment ‘It’s much wider than just a treatment need,’ agreed chair of...

Countdown to Elimination

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...they’re all getting access to treatment. If you go into a drug service you will get tested and you will get treatment – that is transformative.’ The challenge, however, was...

Fifty areas to get enhanced treatment funding

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...treatment and increase the capacity of services, said health secretary Sajid Javid. ‘This is a significant step in our commitment to rebuild the drug treatment system, save lives and level...

Visible Recovery

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...long-term goal – that anyone who works on the Parliamentary estate who needs support, has it’, he says. Treatment vacuum He’s described the ‘vacuum’ of treatment when it comes to...

Safe spaces

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...range of gender-responsive services to women, children and families affected by substance misuse across Brighton and East Sussex. Oasis is part of the commissioned structured drug and alcohol treatment delivery...

Pushed to the Brink

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...everyday ups and downs. Each of them was in regular receipt of a diamorphine (heroin) script, which was working well for them in managing their dependence on opiates and giving...

Mental block

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...in accessing treatment – populations involved in injecting drug use who were ‘frequent flyers’ at local hospitals and also presented with high levels of risk around mental health, including self-harm...

Gilead Sciences and WDP partner up to eliminate hepatitis C

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...users in treatment across the Barts, South Thames, West London and Cheshire and Merseyside Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs). WDP’s hepatitis C coordinator will be liaising with these ODN teams to...

Scotland sees fall in injecting levels

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The percentage of people assessed for drug treatment in Scotland who report that they are currently injecting is now 9 per cent, according to the latest figures from Public Health...

WDP and partners shortlisted for HSJ Awards 2022

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WDP has announced that it has been shortlisted for the Performance Recovery Award at this year’s HSJ Awards, along with its partners in the Hepatitis C Drug Treatment Services (DTS)...

MUP having little effect on dependent and harmful drinkers

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...or rural areas. The research included interviews with people presenting for treatment, harmful drinkers in the community, treatment providers, family members, carers and others. Data for the study were gathered...

Another record year for England and Wales drug deaths

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...deaths to change significantly but we believe that it can be done if drug deaths are treated as a health crisis rather than a criminal matter. For too long, treatment...

Scotland sees slight fall in drug-related deaths

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...progress obvious. However, treatment services are at the sharp end of service provision. They seek to address the crises that people present with. It is the treatment services that meet...

Supporting families affected by drug use

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...shouldn’t expect ‘special treatment’ because she was pregnant. She has been on a waiting list for affordable housing for over two years. Eva* has a young son. She is entitled...

WDP responds to new commissioning quality standards

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Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash WDP has welcomed the publication of a national adult drug and alcohol treatment commissioning quality standard by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities...

Change Grow Live responds to ‘Swift, Certain, Tough’ white paper

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...the diversion of people who are arrested to treatment or drug awareness courses, an increase in drug testing on arrest, and escalating sanctions for those found to be in possession...

The Forward Trust expands its reach in Southend, Humberside and London

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The Forward Trust has been awarded two major new contracts, enabling the organisation to help even more people change their lives for the better. Southend Treatment and Recovery Service The...

Making Inroads

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...OST prescribing, opiate treatment support and health and wellbeing checks such as BBV testing. Most of our days are spent walking the streets and talking with rough sleepers about the...

Government rolls out drug recovery wings

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...extra gym time to reward progress. They can then move to the new recovery wings for six months of further intensive treatment, where they will be encouraged to work towards...

Celebrating the achievements of the Addictions Counselling Degree Programme

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...world-famous Hazelden course for addiction treatment, was taught out of residential treatment centre Clouds House. It had just five students enrol in that first year – a fraction of the many...

Heroin assisted treatment pilot launches in Glasgow

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Scotland’s first heroin-assisted treatment service has been launched in Glasgow, the city council has announced. The Enhanced Drug Treatment Service (EDTS) will treat people with the most severe, long-term and...

Doing them justice

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Phoenix’s Making rehab work report looked at the state of residential treatment provision in England. Liam Ward explores the benefits residential can offer to people with experience of the criminal...
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Addiction Treatment Directory

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DDN Addiction Treatment Guide Addiction Treatment Directory Routes to Recovery – The DDN addiction treatment guide, contains listings and contact details for treatment services. The guide also contains more details...

Filling the prescription

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...as an additional option for opioid substitution treatment it has had mixed responses from patients. The dismantling of the barriers that can exist for opioid substitution treatment, as seen with...

Addiction Treatment Directory

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DDN Rehab Guide Read the guide Spotlights Editorials Rehab News Directory Addiction Treatment Directory Routes to Recovery – The DDN addiction treatment guide, contains listings and contact details for treatment...

How treatment services need to adapt to survive

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...in drug treatment budgets. The heroin cohort single-handedly created, funded and sustained treatment for years. From concerns around the spread of blood-borne viruses to drug-related offending, providing treatment with money...

Responses to the new drug strategy

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...drugs treatment to local funding arrangements. It is essential that if basic standards of good treatment are to be maintained that there is monitoring of local spending on drug treatment....

A question of choice

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...at Change Grow Live People seeking medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for management of opioid dependence have two primary options – methadone and buprenorphine. Maintenance treatment with methadone was commonplace in the...

My, how you’ve changed!

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...treatment sector over the past ten years. It all began in Weston Super Mare where, as head of inspection, I had to make sense of the concentration of treatment services...

Make or break time?

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...treatment alongside drug treatment, after a long history of under-investment in the alcohol sector, and at a time when the ring-fenced budget for drug treatment has been removed. We have...

The Heart of the Matter

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...this century to the improving availability of treatment from 2001 onwards. The clear connection between heroin/crack dependence and crime made the police strong advocates of improved treatment access, and they...

What does the guidance say about access to residential treatment?

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...for people with multiple treatment needs. As a treatment, it is intensive, time-effective and cost-effective. Residential treatment provides an opportunity for people with a number of treatment needs to be...

Drug-related deaths highest since records began

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...on the government to take action, to scale up funding for drug treatment, to support overdose prevention sites, to fund drug checking facilities, and to expand heroin assisted treatment,’ said...

The Fear Inside

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...heroin use. Later on, their heroin use can complicate interpersonal relations and so limit their potential for forming trusting relationships. The findings suggested that heroin use has a significant impact...
Drug strategy Release

Release’s take on the Government’s new Drug Strategy

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...and tested harm reduction measures that have been implemented by nations more progressive than ours – including heroin assisted treatment, drug consumption rooms (overdose prevention sites/supervised injecting facilities) or medical...

The discovery of recovery – where did it all start?

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...cent of drug treatment patients had been recorded as having completed treatment and left drug free. The shock of that challenge and the economising turn away from retention to treatment...

Young adults seeking heroin or crack treatment at ‘all-time low’

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...in 2005-06. Heroin remains the main problem drug, with over 96,000 of the total treatment population of 197,000 seeking treatment for heroin dependency, and 63,000 for heroin and crack. Powder...

Another record high for England and Wales drug deaths

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...have led to the increase in the number of deaths, treatment remains the key protective factor. There is indisputable evidence that treatment saves lives and it’s time for action to...

Safe from harm

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...have highs and lows in Russia,’ he said, the highs being prices, prevalence of HCV and need for treatment, and the lows being awareness, access and demand for treatment. There...

False Economies

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...a meticulous and detailed review of the costs associated with one person attending a period of residential treatment and post-treatment early recovery supported housing over two and a half years,...

A change of heart

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...with funding made available to ensure heroin-assisted treatment, needle exchanges, naloxone, and consumption rooms (on a pilot basis, with evaluation), as well as testing at festivals. ‘The first priority must...

Market forces

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...need to innovate, he said, and give proper consideration to heroin-assisted treatment, medically supervised consumption rooms, and new routes for administering naloxone. Better service integration could also make a significant...

The road less travelled

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...it should be the first-line treatment. Similarly, the national clinical guidelines (‘orange book’) reiterate the view that if both treatments are equally suitable methadone should be the first choice treatment....

Making choice real

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...Medications in Recovery: re-orientating drug dependence treatment: ‘The task was to provide guidance to clinicians and agencies so they can help individuals on opioid substitution treatment (OST) achieve their fullest...

Blocking the path

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...extended brief intervention. The population in need of treatment becomes constricted further if we take into account whether prospective patients actually want or intend to take a treatment route to...

How do we keep up this momentum?

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Fewer young people than ever are entering treatment for heroin and crack problems, and more people of all ages are successfully completing their treatment, says the NTA. What’s behind the...

The explosion that never happened

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...treatment. In England, 44 per cent of primarily crack-dependent patients entering treatment between 2005/06 and 2013/14 were recorded as not having returned after completing treatment and leaving free of dependence....

UK drug policy reform

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...illegal heroin we would look at quality evidence-based interventions for the hard to reach and the even harder to keep in treatment. Another voice in the debate belongs to those...

Recovery and drug treatment

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...completion of treatment. In order to get a clearer picture of what drug treatment is actually achieving, we need to be measuring real world social outcomes such as jobs, homes...

European cocaine availability surpassing pre-pandemic levels

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...Health Research Board (HRB) found that cocaine has now overtaken heroin as the main problem drug for people seeking treatment for the first time in Ireland, representing a ‘tipping point’...

Two thirds believe government’s drug policy not working

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...mushrooms, just 17 per cent supported decriminalising MDMA and 15 per cent cocaine. The figures for heroin and crack cocaine were 11 and 10 per cent respectively. More than half...

British Columbia launches ‘healthcare over handcuffs’ decriminalisation experiment

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...drugs will not face arrest or charge, or have their drugs seized, with police instead offering information on treatment and other support ‘with referrals when requested’. The exemption will cover...

Making rehab work for people involved with the justice system

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Phoenix Futures recently launched a report looking at the state of residential treatment provision in England. Through a series of blogs and articles, Phoenix continues to explore the theme of...

Almost half of MDMA sold at festivals last year was fake

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...lucrative drugs like cocaine and heroin, for which the penalties are the same as the class A MDMA. The Loop recently launched the UK’s first ever Home Office-licensed drug testing...