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Promotional Feature: Embracing Change

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Gloucester House provides 12-step residential rehab for male clients from both statutory and private referrals. An historic 19th century townhouse in the market town...

Detox in a box

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Encouraged by results of a new form of community opiate detoxification, a team from substance misuse services in Bristol and the South West offer...

Promotional Feature: Made to Measure

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It’s time to ditch the ‘one size fits all’ approach and be ready to respond to clients’ needs – whatever stage they’re at says...

Changing the conversation

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DDN reports from Alcohol Concern’s annual conference, where delegates heard about the need to reframe debate on alcohol, and how the call for minimum...

Big Business

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‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have valuable skills,’ Big Issue founder John Bird told delegates in the day’s powerful final session ‘Get money....

Hit Hot Topics

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Stigma, misunder­standing and a lack of communication cloud our policy and practice on drugs, said speakers at HIT Hot Topics. DDN reports on their ideas for...

Safe Space

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Wales is gearing up to offer medically supervised injecting centres – an initiative that can’t happen soon enough, says Ifor Glyn  There is a growing...

Force for Change

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How can we develop our work­force against a backdrop of cuts and challenges? DDN reports from the FDAP conference. ‘Services are now expected to do...

Comment from the drug and alcohol field

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The DDN letters and comments page, where you can have your say about the drug and alcohol sector. To be included in the next magazine,...

City Health Challenge

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The first City Health conference, held in London, set the scene for planting drug and alcohol treatment at the heart of the new public...

Loaded dice?

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The estimated 450,000 people in the UK with a gambling problem are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting access to treatment....

Views from the substance misuse sector

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Media savvy The news and views from the national media Buying ethically produced food, and making a statement about yourself by doing so, is now so...

Lines of communication

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HRI executive director Rick Lines has been making the case for a human rights-based approach to vulnerable populations for more than two decades. He...

All Change

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Things are changing fast at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) this summer. In the light of previous negative publicity there is a new structure and...

Views from the substance misuse sector

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Media savvy The news and views from the national media Yes, politicians who abandon the failed mantra of the drug war risk the incandescent rage of...

Consuming passion

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Philippe Bonnet, founder of the Independent Consortium on Drug Consumption Rooms, says he won’t rest until there’s a room established for Birmingham’s 10,000 problem drug users. He talks to DDN. When the Independent Drugs Commission...

Vital care

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Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester. An estimated 35 per...

Back in the day – DDN 10 year special

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Three sector stalwarts, who were there at the start, look back at the birth of DDN  When they threw everything into DDN I thought they’d...

Spread the word

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It’s time for a new approach to drug policy, writes Jamie Bridge This year, a global advocacy campaign is being launched to raise awareness of...

Never a dull moment

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With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic...

From our foreign correspondent

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In her first international column Chris Ford looks at Ireland’s lack of naloxone provision Noticing a number from abroad, I answered my phone. Before I...

Changing negative behaviours in treatment

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Promotional feature Challenging attitudes A decade of experience has shaped Intuitive Thinking Skills’ successful approach to attitude change, as Peter Bentley explains In 2003, I was coming...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the...

Specialist recovery housing

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No place like home Phoenix Future’s new report Building recovery friendly communities makes the case for specialist recovery housing as a pathway to long-term recovery. Karen...

Recovery in action

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  Dear Albert’s Jon Roberts talks to DDN about film screenings, mutual aid facilitation, and their new, innovative recovery programme   DDN: Dear Albert – it’s a...

Promotional feature : An honest relationship

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It’s time to stop relying on outdated treatment models and offer clients an approach they can relate to, says Kenneth Robinson One of the most challenging...

Why isn’t more being done to tackle hep C?

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A new report is calling for hepatitis C to be prioritised as a major health inequalities issue by Public Health England, the NHS and...

No hiding place

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Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through universal testing, argues...

Dark days review of the year 2015

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There wasn’t very much to celebrate in 2015, a year that saw both England and Scotland record their highest ever number of drug-related fatalities,...

Promotional feature: Stigma: Hepatitis C and drug misuse

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Supporting people infected with hepatitis C presents distinct challenges. An understanding of existing barriers to hepatitis C care is important to help empower people with the...

Health risks of sugar

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Hidden menace For those with a history of addiction the well-publicised health risks of sugar could pose serious dangers. Nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the...

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,...

Bridging the gap

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Sarah Galvani has spent much of her career promoting awareness of substance issues among social workers. She talks to David Gilliver about bringing the...

Literacy and drug treatment

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The writing’s on the wall Literacy issues can be a barrier to participant engagement and successful outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes. Richard Homer explores...

Opportunity knocks

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KCA chief executive Ryan Campbell talks to David Gilliver about how services can take advantage of the new commissioning landscape. ‘There’s a great deal of...

The realms of possibility

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Sunny Dhadley talks to David Gilliver about peer mentoring, raising awareness and the importance of seizing the moment ‘Anything’s possible if you make the most...

Potent struggle

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Working with an aid project in Uganda brought Martin Blakebrough face to face with the optimism of community growth and achievement – undermined by...

Having a ball

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Sheffield service users had a chance to celebrate their sobriety in fine style this Christmas, ending the year on a genuine high. Olivia Adams...

Local news from the substance misuse field

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DDN takes a look at local news from the substance misuse field across the country Self-harm help goes mobile A new app has been launched...

Body of evidence

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The UKDPC’s final conference saw politicians, policymakers, commentators and media representatives gather to discuss where next for drug policy. DDN reports ‘We need a new...

Training at the bar

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As the Swanswell Inn opens for business on a Monday morning in Birmingham, it becomes obvious that this is no ordinary pub. The mobile...

Open for business

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Julia Dixon-Large tells DDN about BADSUF’s innovative, volunteer-led charity shop This is a difficult financial climate to come off benefits and find employment, when individuals may have neither...

Independent spirit

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Service user group B3’s name stands for ‘be heard, be motivated, be free’. DDN's David Gilliver hears from project manager Ossie Yemoh about the...

Is anyone in?

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Decent long-term housing has been identified as one of the biggest deter­min­ants of recovery, so how can we address a critical lack of provision?...

Vital connections

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Communities and conversation are key to making recovery a reality, delegates heard at Addaction’s annual recovery conference. Jill Stevenson reports Communities working together was a...

Engaging dependent drinkers

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Pathway to change Mike Ward talks about a new project that is aiming to engage dependent drinkers with treatment services Often those of us working in...

Prescription opioids in the US

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Too scared to prescribe Dr Chris Ford finds that in the US, new restrictions have had negative consequences for patients in pain I was recently discussing...

Learning for life

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Education and training are often discarded when substance use takes over. Richard Johnson describes how ANA’s new programme is helping clients to reconnect ANA was...

The last word

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 As the UKDPC wraps up its work, Roger Howard looks back on six years of helping drug policy become ‘fitter for purpose’ and considers...

Celebrating recovery in Kent

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The first Medway recovery festival organised by service user groups and local provider KCA celebrated recovery in the local community. DDN joined the celebrations The brainchild...

No smoke without fire?

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Is the Welsh Government right to propose a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places, or does it risk seriously undermining tobacco...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers  We do not want drug legalisation by the back door. But at...

Coverage from the 8th national service user conference

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Challenging times Delegates at The challenge – getting it right for everybody heard a succession of powerful and inspiring presentations on the theme of overcoming...

Online support for women in recovery

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Women first Annalice Sibley talks about how she set up an online support group to help women in recovery After working with women in substance misuse...

Substance misuse safeguarding

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On the safe side We mustn’t be afraid to engage with parents about sensitive safeguarding issues, says Kevin Crowley As a social care and health charity,...

Painful inheritance – NACOA’s annual lecture 2016

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NACOA’s (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) annual lecture at the House of Commons set out an action plan to give the issue...

The road less travelled

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Methadone’s dominance over Suboxone in substitute prescribing may have more to do with cost than effectiveness. It could be time for a reassessment, say...

My Recovery My Choice

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One year on, Jude Norton reviews the progress of an effective information campaign. In 2012 it was estimated that 95,000 people across England and Wales...

Green zone

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Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas explains why she wants the government to acknowledge that ‘current policy is flawed.' ‘As an MP for...

Olympian struggle

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With the Sochi Winter Olympics now on, the eyes of the world’s media are on Russia. In the run-up to the games, much of...