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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Catching the wave

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'A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make their nations sick. And sick nations make for sick storytellers.’ Ben...

Community chest

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This year’s RiTC conference asked what a recovery community could and should mean. DDN listened to the debate  ‘Whether through peer-led and mutual aid recovery initiatives...

Substance-related bereavement

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A right to grieve How can support be improved for those bereaved through drug or alcohol-related deaths? A new set of guidelines offers advice for...

Bucking the trend

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Unlike in England, drug deaths in Wales have been falling since 2010 – a result that can be traced to Welsh public health...

Work, rest and play

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Addiction can be like swimming in shark- infested waters, but the recovery community are like people in a life raft holding out their hands,...

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...

REAL

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Lucy Seymour-Smith recently attended Aquarius’s service user conference as a new recruit to the alcohol charity’s team. Here she shares her first impressions of...

Healthy exchange

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DDN reports from the 2013 NNEF annual meeting in Bournemouth, which has become a keenly anticipated fixture for information and ideas.  Keeping harm reduction at the heart of...

Consensus politics

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As ever, this year’s meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs proved a controversial affair. But despite failure to reach agreement on major issues...

Step by step

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Reintroducing people to stable employment and supporting them in the workplace are challen­ges that can be met with the right policies and culture –...

Cautious optimism

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Just because minimum pricing is on the back burner doesn’t mean it’s time to get despondent, hear delegates at Alcohol Concern’s annual conference ‘I think...

Treatment challenges of novel psychoactive substances

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Novel ideas Dima Abdulrahim talks about meeting the treatment challenges of novel psychoactive substances When it comes to managing substance misuse, there is an existing –...

tobacco plain packaging

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Plain talk Has tobacco plain packaging actually worked, asks Neil McKeganey Since announcing in 2012 that all tobacco products had to be packaged in plain form,...

Words for the wise

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Harry Shapiro has launched a new drug information service with his former DrugScope colleague, Jackie Buckle. He tells us more I am very pleased to announce...

Health Check

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Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie describes how his organisation will work with the treatment sector, and promises that it will deliver ‘a...

Family focused

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With 2013 marking the ten-year anniversary of Hidden harm, social care professionals gathered at the Adfam annual conference in London to reflect on the...

Step by step

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Step by step DDN reports from the second Adfam/DDN national conference for families and carers, which highlighted that, despite the progress in bringing family support to...

Quick, quick, slow…

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The latest moves on UK tobacco control are leading us a merr­y dance, says Neil McKeganey If you wanted to sum up the current advice...

Hidden faces

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To commemorate 30 years of supporting family members affected by loved ones’ drug and alcohol use, Adfam has launched a photo exhibition that celebrates...

Naloxone advocacy

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Let's get it out there The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.  ‘The case for take-home naloxone...

Using life skills to aid recovery

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Natural remedy Kate Furey talks about how she used long-forgotten skills to get her life back on track My life started to spiral out of control...

Post-its from practice

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Sometimes the drug or alcohol problem isn’t obvious, says Dr Steve Brinksman  Marco rarely came to the surgery. He was a 44-year-old restaurant owner with...

A smack in the eye — Michael Linnell’s graphic harm reduction...

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Thirty years after Michael Linnell’s first graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene he recalls the outrage – and the results – that spurred him...

City challenge

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We must learn to balance risk and freedom, says John Ashton in this month's Soapbox Most of us enjoy a love-hate relationship with our cities. We expect them...

Game on

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  With big business behind it, the hobby of computer gaming can turn into an unhealthy obsession. The addiction field is well placed to offer...

Making recovery visible

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Thousands of people are gearing up for the fifth UK recovery walk in Birmingham on 22 September. Richard Maunders, chair of the planning group...

London calling

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  This year Blenheim, one of the UK's leading substance misuse charities, celebrates 50 years of delivering drug and alcohol treatment services across London. Blenheim...

Mind Over Matter

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Mat Southwell opened the 2014 Kaleidoscope Conference by linking harm reduction to mindfulness: ‘I find injecting ketamine helps me with mindfulness.’ The challenge he gave delegates...

My, how you’ve changed!

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What has the past decade meant to you and your role? What have been the most significant changes to the sector? And what will...

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   Drugs worker to run London marathon A drugs worker based in Somerset...

The Naloxone Action Group

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Keep nagging on naloxone, says the naloxone action Group DDN listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP...

Safeguarding conference 2015 – playing safe

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Are we doing enough to protect children from their parents’ drug and alcohol use? At a recent safeguarding conference there was plenty of cause...

Identity crisis

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UK governments agree that above all what they want out of treatment is ‘recovery’. Some of the most marginal, damaged and unconventional of people...

Nothing to declare

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Over the next six issues, Mark Dempster shares his uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction. Growing up in Glasgow, the young Mark already...

Staying ahead of the inspector

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The Care Quality Commission is once again changing the way it inspects and rates substance misuse services. Make sure you are prepared, says David...

Changing profile

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A survey of needle exchange clients revealed the need for staff to keep up with the times, as James Langton explains.  As a supplier of...

A step too far?

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Stanton Peele challenges the received wisdom of the 12-step approach I recently received this email from a UK addictions worker: ‘Stanton, I was in a public...

Copenhagen cannabis

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The Danish government has just rejected proposals for ‘contained legalisation’ of cannabis, designed to limit drug misuse and remove profit from the criminal market,...

European Alcohol Conference

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Shake it up Speakers called for a fresh look at policy and new ways to engage drinkers at the European Alcohol Conference, held at the...

From little acorns…

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There’s still time to book... https://www.drinkanddrugsnews.com/conference ‘Don’t get mad, get organised’ said Si Parry from Morph at the first DDN national service user involvement conference in...

Half of those living with hep C unaware of their condition

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Around half of people living with hepatitis C infections are unaware that they have the virus, according to a new Public Health England (PHE)...

Shifting sands – 2012 according to DDN

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While the frequently hot-tempered harm reduction/abstinence debate that had characterised previous years finally appeared to be morphing into something more measured, 2012 still saw the sector...

Families First 2013

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The speakers and workshops at Families First 2013 gave delegates an opportunity to hear personal stories, network and exchange vital expertise. Supporting role Kate McKenzie speaks...

Too close to home

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As a well-travelled photographer, Andrew McNeill was used to seeing scenes of despair. But when he set out to photograph people affected by addiction...

New research on non-fatal overdoses

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A group of academics from the University of South Wales has published research on the prevalence of non-fatal overdoses among drug users in Wales Professor...

Richard McCann shares his story

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Against the odds The day’s final session saw an uplifting presentation from Richard McCann on the challenge of achieving things he’d never thought possible, and...

Smoking cessation

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Why don’t we take smoking cessation seriously, asks Dr Steve Brinksman Sajid looked quite bemused when I started talking to him about smoking cessation. ‘I...

Alcohol and drugs in the news

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Media savvy The news and views from the national media Laws against smoking have irreversibly shifted attitudes. The same drive is needed for alcohol consumption. The...

Different wavelengths

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The countdown to the Psychoactive Substances Act has been marked by controversy. Kit Caless shares debate from Addaction’s recent conference Last month, the Psychoactive Substances Act...

Medications in recovery

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An expert group convened by the NTA has made recommendations on reorientating drug dependence treatment to fit the recovery agenda. We invited the group's...

Services without frontiers

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Learning from peers across Europe has helped to enhance services at home, writes the team at Phoenix Futures Phoenix Futures has been involved over the...

Is minimum pricing dead in the water?

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The ‘will they, won’t they?’ saga of minimum unit pricing for alcohol continues after the government announced it was shelving plans for its introduction....

How far have you come?

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 With recovery now the dominant model for alcohol and drug treatment, commissioning and research in both England and Scotland, there is a clear need...

The main man

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One of the key figures in the story of drug treatment in England, ex-NTA head Paul Hayes talks to David Gilliver for DDN’s tenth anniversary issue.  Paul...

New approaches to alcohol

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The management of alcohol as a consumer product, a health risk, and as part of our economy raises different challenges, to be tackled by...

Tread softly

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How can we tackle child safeguarding without risking disengagement? DDN hears a cautionary perspective from public health nurses. This focus on child protection is a...

A helping hand

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Phoenix Futures has launched the Griffiths Edwards Fund to champion his belief that ‘no one size fits all’  Access to drug treatment saves lives, gives...

Family education- better than cure

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With a bill aiming to ensure compulsory drug and alcohol education in schools making its way through Parliament, a new Adfam briefing looks at...

Doing what works

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Katy Swaine Williams and José Aguiar discuss much-needed steps to reform women’s justice. Too many women are imprisoned unnecessarily in the UK, many on remand...

New directions

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David Gilliver talks to International Drug Policy Consortium executive director Ann Fordham about raising awareness and the changing course of the global drug policy debate.  ‘It’s clear...

A place to thrive

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  Recovery should mean focusing on what is strong, not what is wrong – and that’s where the ABCD approach comes in, says Rebecca Daddow  Like...

What state are we in?

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A new, improved State of the sector report is underway and needs your input, says Paul Anders Last year DrugScope, on behalf of the Recovery...

Break free

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With many service users struggling to find meaningful paid or unpaid employment, Peter Bentley tells DDN about a new educational course that encourages individuals...

Media savvy

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The news and views from the national media Substance misuse policy is, of course, a subject of passionate debate at all points on the political...

Drug use in prisons

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Promotional feature A new profile of drug use in prisons Mark Napier talks to DDN about the emergence of the complex problem of novel psychoactive substances, and...

Take-home naloxone in prisons

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Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone...

Adapt and thrive

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Drugscope's recent conference focused on how the sector could deliver high quality services in uncertain times. DDN reports. The drug and alcohol treatment sector was...

Safe from harm

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Last month saw the 23rd International Harm Reduction Conference take place in Lithuania. DDN reports on a gathering of activists, policy makers and service...

Accentuate the positive

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Among the now-familiar talk of emerging chall­enges and stretched resources, delegates at DrugScope’s recent conference heard some positive takes on the new treatment landscape. ‘Whatever...

Save the children

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Adfam’s recent report on the ingestion of drug treatment medications by children makes worrying reading. DDN looks at what could be done to reduce...

User involvement at the 8th service user conference

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In the spotlight Sophie Sherrington came to the conference as a delegate but found herself on stage singing True Colours to rapturous applause I came to...

News from the substance misuse sector

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Media savvy The news and views from the national media The alleged purpose of the Bill is to ‘protect hard-working citizens from the risks posed...

UK drug policy reform

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Off track? Drug treatment is being derailed by the sector’s refusal to push for reform, says Ian Sherwood The distressing reality of drug dependence alters little...

Emotional rollercoaster

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Offering support to families affected by addiction means acknowledging the ups and downs of a close bond, says John Taylor Recently I made a film...

Public health focus for drugs and alcohol?

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Will Public Health England and a new ministerial team help to refocus drug and alcohol policy, or are they empty exercises in rebranding? DDN...

Cannabis class

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With cannabis problems more prevalent than ever, Edinburgh charity Crew has devised a masterclass to share knowledge. Fergus Boden reports Why are there are so few opportunities to...

Prescription for action

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At a parliamentary debate, ADS brought together experts to tackle the pervasive problem of addiction to prescription drugs.  Last month Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) held...

On the frontline

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‘I didn’t know that wasn’t what you were meant to do in the drugs field,’ says Mat Southwell of the participative approach he adopted...

Primary position

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‘I do believe that the best care for people who use drugs and alcohol is in their own GP surgeries where possible,’ says Dr Judith...

Off the record

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A frontline drug worker, once a service user himself, warns against being taken in by the politicians’ promises  I grew up in a northern town...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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Letters and comment  DDN welcomes your Letters Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent...

Leaner and keener

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In a climate of austerity the new drug strategy must grow from our successes, says Paul Hayes on behalf of Collective Voice Next month the...

Building a future

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Steve Hodgkins is the founder and CEO of Jobs, Friends and Houses (JFH) – a multi award-winning social enterprise offering employment, peer support and...

Stemming the tide

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Rising demand, increasing bureaucracy and a client group with complex needs are just some of the challenges facing alcohol services. Hazel Jordan offers a...

Inner Strength

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Kaleidoscope’s recent conference stimulated valuable debate on how women affected by drug and alcohol issues could be better supported in the community. Sarah Orrell...

Recovery rising

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September saw recovery activities taking place across the UK and Ireland. Richard Cunningham, Alistair Sinclair and Stuart Green look back on a vibrant recovery...

The whole detox

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Studying homeopathy led Tracy Woodward Gagetta to explore an innovative titration system for drug detoxification, as she explains  After training and working in the fields...

Engaging with the experts

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Michael Gilbert talks to DDN about StreetRx.com, a new website that encourages the exchange of information between drug users while also promoting harm reduction  Meeting...

Picture This

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The day’s opening session heard a range of passionate presentations on the theme of getting your message across ‘I didn’t know how long I’d had hep...

‘What about me?’

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The first Adfam/DDN conference for families affected by drug and alcohol use urged carers from all over the country to make their voices heard....

Harm Reduction International Conference

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This year's Harm Reduction International Conference in Lithuania brought together delegates from across the globe to discuss the need to provide sufficient political and...

Brink of success

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Social entrepreneur of the year Jacquie Johnston-Lynch talks to DDN about risk, determination and the new challenges facing the recovery movement.  It was on a...

Beyond conviction

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Having a drug-related conviction can spell exclusion from many professions. Nicola Inge of Business in the Community talks to DDN about breaking down barriers...

Turning the tables

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People with drug and alcohol problems can be used to a cycle of punishment and low self-esteem. Kaleidoscope used a recovery awards event to reverse...

Service user involvement

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Keep it real! The exhibition area was a vibrant bustle of networking all day as service user groups shared information on their activities. What did...

Cycling for recovery

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The ultimate challenge John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey Today I walked two miles, swam one mile, cycled 20 miles...

Hepatitis C : new hope, old problems

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE  People with hepatitis C in the UK have a greater chance of being cured now than at any other point in the history...

All the world’s a stage

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The arts can play a vital and powerful role in recovery, says Katrina Lahmann  That we all have our roles in the theatre of life...

Home secrets

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With National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week held this month, Emma Spiegler urges us to tackle the silence, secrecy and stigma faced by many...

Skills update

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What’s the latest on professional training? Nadine Singh explains the DANOS review. Skills for Health is undertaking a review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS)...

Room at the table?

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‘I will never make apologies for being emotive about something that affects us all,’ said Noreen Oliver MBE, opening Creating Recovery, The Recovery Group...

The Buddhist way

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The practice of mindfulness can be a powerful tool in preventing relapse and supporting recovery, says Dr Paramabandhu Groves. Mindfulness has been a cornerstone of Buddhist...

All in a day’s work – DDN 10 year special

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Many things have changed over the last decade for the DDN team – staff, premises, and even the introduction of canine office mascots. But...

Diverted methadone

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Kill or cure? Is it time for us to reappraise our relationship with the ‘life-saving’ drug methadone? Dave Marteau discusses the evidence Since the early 1970s,...

Festive Cheer

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This Christmas day will see the fifth Bubic Christmas dinner for our service users. Previous years’ events have been a huge success and...

Voyage of discovery

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With its Voyage of Recovery just completed, David Gilliver talks to Phoenix Futures chief executive Karen Biggs about overcoming polarisation and embracing change When Phoenix...

Kaleidoscope’s – The Big Debate

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Chaired by Adele Blakebrough, The Big Debate was the evening event of Kaleidoscope’s conference on women’s issues. The panel included politicians – Kirstie Williams,...

Joining the dots

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This year’s GPs’ conference had the tricky task of linking primary care to each element of the new and uncertain public health agenda, while...

50 gent

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As Blenheim celebrates its 50th anniversary, chief executive John Jolly talks to David Gilliver about the organisation’s future direction and some of the risks...

Semantic challenge

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The language of new drugs can be unhelpful at best and risky at worst. Kevin Flemen offers a guide Our KFx training course Cats, Bees...

Treatment complete?

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Why are we failing so many people with hepatitis C, even those already in drug treatment, asks Dr Steve Brinksman There is still a lot...

Harm reduction at music festivals

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The song remains the same Music festivals may go hand in hand with drug culture, but we can be loud and clear on harm reduction,...

Sport in recovery

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Good sports Pat Berry and Ron Bell talk about how they help service users improve their wellbeing and build self-confidence from exercise Playing sports on...

Giving Voice

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The morning’s second session, chaired by Peter Hunter, allowed audience members to put their concerns to some of the sector’s key players The new drug...

Life’s what you make of it

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DDN hears from four winning entrepreneurs – whose success was made even more remarkable by their challenging journeys overcoming addiction. At a glitzy ceremony in...

Obituary

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Peter McDermott remembers friend and colleague, Alan Joyce It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of Alan Joyce. I first came across Alan...

Review of the year 2013

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DDN looks back on a year that saw the drug treatment landscape transformed with the end of the NTA and the advent of Public...

Danish lessons

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Denmark’s initiatives to tackle drug-related deaths could give valuable pointers to reshaping drug policy in the UK, says Blaine Stothard As part of his programme of international...

Recovering hope

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Recovery should be about empowerment and instilling optimism – not about treatment effectiveness and ‘number of years abstinent’, says Alistair Sinclair  It was UK Recovery...

LGBT drug support

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User friendly London Friend chief executive Monty Moncrieff talks to David Gilliver about the treatment needs of the LGBT community and the challenge posed by...

UK drug policy

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Get real The government’s drug policies are not grounded in reality, says law student Alice Gambell Reading the government’s annual review of its 2010 drugs strategy,...

Recovery and drug treatment

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Tackling the deficit Can an entrepreneurial recovery culture overtake an ailing treatment system? Mark Gilman, Peter McDermott and Peter Sheath examine the politics ‘Homophily’: the idea...

Capturing Quality

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ISO9001 is an internationally recognised, universal quality assurance standard most often associated with the manufacturing industries. So how can a system designed to ensure...

Liberty to change

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Philadelphia is aiming to live up to its ‘city of brotherly love’ motto by fully integrating its substance and mental health services to provide...

A healthy attitude

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Alan Maryon Davis has spent his life in the public health arena. As Public Health England prepares to oversee drug and alcohol service provision, he talks to...

Spreading roots

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How do you make recovery visible and relevant to a diverse community? Ashley Gibson of the Unity Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service shares Cumbria’s...

The state we’re in

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Paul Anders shares some key findings from, and the thinking behind, the Recovery Partnership’s State of the sector 2013 report.  Drug treatment in the UK...

Getting a fix on figures

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Just how closely linked are drug misuse and acquisitive crime statistics? ‘Drinking sensibly, never doing drugs – is this the age of the young puritan?’...

On the margins

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DrugScope’s annual conference looked at equality and diversity in the sector at a time of shrinking budgets  ‘We seem to be living in an increasingly...

Scottish drug deaths

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Stark statistics Scotland has recorded its highest ever number of drug-related deaths. DDN looks at what’s behind this bleak trend, and what could be done to...

Fighting response

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A Calderdale-based service is combining treatment provision with hosting an emerging recovery community. Michelle Foster explains the ‘warrior down’ concept I took a call from...

Nothing to declare

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In the second part of his personal story, Mark Dempster leaves for London, takes tips from a terrorist and heads towards the ‘big time’.  It didn’t take me long...

Hep C Positive

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Positive Action As NHS reforms put the future of hepatitis C services in the UK in question, Phil Spalding tells Kayleigh Hutchins how the Hep...

Getting real

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The ‘dream drug’ ketamine can bring its users face to face with some stark realities that aren’t readily understood by health professionals. Mat...

Consensus politics

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As ever, this year’s meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs proved a controversial affair. But despite failure to reach agreement on major issues...

Doing it for ourselves

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Forget looking to government and corporations for answers to social problems. The answers lie in harnessing the strength within our recovery community, say...

Challenging the drinks industry

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Fight the power Six months into her new job, Alcohol Concern chief executive Jackie Ballard talks to DDN's David Gilliver about communication, information, and standing...

Naloxone distribution

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Fast forward on naloxone distribution Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some...

Reducing the supply of high strength alcohol

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Drink smart DDN hears about the results from three city-wide schemes aimed at reducing the supply of high strength beers and ciders Ipswich Simon Aalders, public health...

News Focus

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  Who Benefits?  Benefit reform, long a thorny topic, seems set to become one of the year’s defining policy issues. DDN looks at the truth behind...

Support. Don’t punish

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On 26 June 2013 – the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26 cities around the world came together to...