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Sector specific

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On the eve of the publication of the second part of the Carol Black review, delegates at a Westminster Social Policy Forum event debated...

Make it stick

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Making sure naloxone is in the hands of everyone who needs it, whenever they need it, requires far more than simply handing it out...

Force of nature

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The healing power of the natural world is helping people in recovery in Devon to reach their full potential, say Kerrie Clifford and Allysa...

Tracey McMahon is a Delphi nurse

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Tracey McMahon is a Delphi nurse who has developed her interest in mental health by working in a prison environment. Read Tracey's story in DDN...

Better Together

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Two years on from their merger with Blenheim, Humankind’s work in the capital is going from strength to strength, says Manish Nanda. It’s been just...

Past its sell-by date

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The latest APPG for Drug Policy Reform meeting was held on the 50th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act – legislation that was...

Time to put things right

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How will we look back on our drug laws in another 50 years, asks Paul Townsley. I was two years old when the Misuse of...

Unlocking the Past

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Opening up the topic of childhood trauma in DDN has resulted in letters from prisoners that give penetrating insights on cues we are missing....

The long road

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Despite recent advances and lots of passionate campaigning, there’s still a long way to go before everyone who needs naloxone has easy access to...

Dedication and inspiration

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Phoenix Futures and The Forward trust talk about the vital role played by volunteers.

It’s My Script

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There’s no automatic reason to revert to stigmatising daily pick-ups of methadone and buprenorphine scripts.

Lockdown Lifeline

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Kerrie Clifford and Alyssa Hornbuckle describe how letters from members of AA got prisoners at HMP The Verne through lockdown.

Stronger Together

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Mike Trace sets out the vision for the newly merged Forward Trust and Action on Addiction.

Obituary – Kazim Khan, 1936-2021

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Obituary - Kazim Khan, 1936-2021, a pioneer in the race and drugs sector in Britain,

Forward Momentum

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The College of Lived Experience Recovery Organisations (CLERO) is going from strength to strength, say David Best and Dave Higham.

Final destination

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Change is always possible, say Lisa Ogilvie and Jerome Carson, as they share their own journeys to recovery. Each person’s recovery journey is unique, and...

Right Place, Right Time

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A stressful year is giving rise to a fresh approach to mental health at Phoenix Futures, as DDN reports. ‘People in treatment are keen to...

Be well aware

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A powerful new national naloxone and overdose awareness campaign is using the faces of people with lived experience to get its message across. ‘For me...

A sporting chance

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On his retirement from Change Grow Live, Chris Bruce reflects on the impact of trauma and the power of sport as a recovery tool. At...

Face to face

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We may be experiencing fatigue after more than a year of Zoom sessions but we still need to brush up those online skills

We need to talk about…The purpose of drug treatment

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ADDER is yet another treatment service acronym. Whatever it stands for it will probably end up in the government policy wastebasket. Says Nick Goldstein.

Hard Miles

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Organisations and peers have risen admirably to the challenge of continuing the hep C elimination fight during the COVID crisis, heard delegates at LJWG’s...

Essential purchases

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Buying alcohol for people with severe dependence during lockdown in Bristol has been a lifesaver, says Rachel Ayres. On 26 March 2020 our city streets...

Loaded Language

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Stigmatising language doesn’t have to be obvious to do harm, says Phoenix Future's Liam Ward.

Gently does it

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Simply cutting off the supply of benzodiazepines to people who’ve been prescribed them for years is far from appropriate.

In it together

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Behavioural couples therapy for alcohol dependence can both strengthen relationships and reduce problematic drinking

The elephant in the room

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The links between childhood trauma and problematic adult substance use – though huge – are still not being properly addressed. If we’re finally going...

A Vital Role

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The latest strain of COVID-19 has raised pressures facing substance misuse services to an all-time high. Martin Blakebrough, CEO at Kaleidoscope, examines the critical...

Chelita De La Haye – i am a…

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Chelita De La Haye tells us about her role as a nurse prescriber at Delphi Medical Consultants Ltd, a community drug service in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

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Women stay in violent and abusive relationships for all kinds of reasons, says Janie Pamment – and childhood trauma is a significant one.

Bottling it all up

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Mark Reid reviews Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain, the story of a boy and his alcoholic mother.

Face facts

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Is online coaching really as good as face-to-face service? Let’s find out, says Angela Calcan.

All or Nothing

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Your cholesterol is high. The doctor says, ‘No butter, no cheese, no cholesterol-raising foods – full stop.’ You complain, ‘Can’t I just cut down...

Dark Secrets

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As an ‘old timer’ in the field, I remember the seismic shift that followed the emergence of ‘legal highs’. Policy, however, stayed frozen in...

Home and Dry

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Much has been written in the press about how COVID and the lockdown have seen this year’s Dry January ‘cancelled’ for many people. But...

The Feeling’s Mutual

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The impact of COVID-19 has shown that mutual aid groups like AA may be even more beneficial than we realised.

Stewart Bell – I Am A…

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, new admissions into rehab have had to isolate. Stewart Bell tells us about his role as an...

Review of the year 2020

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Going viral 2020 will forever be remembered as the year COVID-19 transformed our lives. But one note of optimism was the way services immediately rose...

Support for veterans

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The home front Despite high levels of problematic substance use among ex-services personnel, the ingrained forces mentality can mean a reluctance to seek help –...

A fragile picture

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Commissioning is struggling under relentless rounds of cuts. DDN hears about the need to collaborate to keep clients moving forward. ‘There are many of us...

Wise up

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With awareness of the damaging effects of alcohol still nowhere near where it should be, DDN looks at some recent attempts to educate the...

Brook Drive – meet the team

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As part of our 'I am a…' series two of the team from Brook Drive, the only third sector detox service in London, tell...

Enough Excuses

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Simply blaming an ageing cohort or pre-devolution economic policies for Scotland’s shameful levels of drug-related deaths won’t cut it anymore, say Barry Sheridan and...

On the Margins

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Peter Keeling hears from April Wareham of Working with Everyone about how marginalised communities have been coping during lockdown. Working with Everyone is a group...

The Right Connections

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Starting in May, a group of ten champions of recovery from different corners of the recovery ecosystem began to meet on a weekly basis to share their thoughts and support each other.

Getting Engaged

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With drug-related deaths once again hitting record levels, it’s never been more urgent to make sure we’re properly engaging with so-called ‘chaotic clients’.

Just a child

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The exploitation involved in ‘county lines’ is an urgent call for action, as DDN reports. The brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy shook his community...

Positive signals

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Giving families a clear and consistent route to help makes all the difference, as DDN reports. ‘When you work with families in an uncoordinated way...

We need to talk about medical marijuana

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While it may be nominally legal, medical marijuana needs to be far more easily available and its use encouraged by treatment services.

Supervised humiliation?

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In the real world, methadone provision too often means diversion, using on top – and humiliating supervised consumption.

Leanne Smullen-Bethell – I am a…

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Leanne Smullen-Bethell is head of house at Phoenix’s National Specialist Family Service, where people can seek treatment for their substance use problems while staying...

Opening the Doors

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The efforts to get homeless people into emergency accommodation must not be wasted, as DDN reports. Homelessness has been long been regarded as complex, difficult,...

Blocking the path

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What proportion of England’s problem drinkers are actually in treatment? And are increasing rates of unmet need the result of austerity-driven funding cuts? Mike...

We need to talk about pleasure

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Our refusal to acknowledge that drugs can be a happy experience is hampering our attempts at treatment, says Nick Goldstein.

In tune with nature

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From the heart of the Cornish countryside Bosence Farm Community has been developing ecotherapy, as Tom Packer explains.       

The Mother of Invention

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It’s now almost six months since lockdown revolutionised the way services operate. But could this have actually led to an increase in service user...

Doorstep Challenge

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Strong partnerships could overturn nimbyism and make supervised injecting facilities a reality, DDN reports. Read the full article in DDN Magazine A supervised injecting facility (SIF,...

A Sure Start

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One of the key tasks of the national recovery champion role is to bring people together within the addictions field to tackle a common...

Long Hot Summer

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Summer weather and lack of other entertainment mean that young people are once again turning to outdoor partying on a large scale. Drug services...

The Right Questions

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Now in its 30th year, the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey is a vital tool for harm reduction, says Emily Phipps. This year the Unlinked Anonymous...