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Behind Closed Doors

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Encouraging clients to talk about their childhood can help to release them from the long-suppressed trauma of abuse, as psychotherapist Elaine Rose explains Enduring adversity...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

It’s where you’re at…

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Harm reduction should be about ‘meeting people where they’re at’, according to the recent HIT Hot topics conference. Jamie Bridge reports.     Last month HIT hosted...

Getting it right

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Representatives from the NTA, general practice and service user activism set out their priorities for the new treatment system in the dynamic opening session...

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...

Expert opinion

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Analytical chemist Dr John Ramsey of TIC TAC is the media’s go-to man for an authoritative voice on new psychoactive substances. He talks to DDN's David...

Catch them early

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This year’s SMMGP and RCGP conference brought GPs, frontline workers, commissioners and service users together to explore the topics of prevention and early intervention...

Street wise

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An award-winning scheme has been protecting vulnerable drug-dependent street sex workers from attack. Its director of services, Alex Feis-Bryce, talks to David Gilliver The links...

Competent compassion in services

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We’ve lost that loving feeling How can we refocus drug and alcohol services on competent compassion, asks Dr Joss Bray The situation in drug and alcohol...

Service user involvement

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The worm has turned The Worm, a new service user-led magazine recently launched in Haringey, is tackling stigma and promoting a positive image of people...

Barriers to work

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Last July the government asked Dame Carol Black to conduct an independent review into the challenges of getting and staying in work for people...

Into the matrix

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Editor Mike Ashton gives a guided tour of Findings' new matrices, which offer a vast resource of addiction treatment evidence that no practitioner should be without.  The...

Flying the flag

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Make It Happen!’s opening session heard from representatives of three service user-driven organisations ‘I’m a recovering addict,’ Sophie Strachan of Positively UK told delegates at...

Right to choose

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With family planning a sensitive and controversial subject, the sexual health needs of service users can be overlooked. Rosie Mundt-Leach tells DDN how a...

A fighting chance

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Military veterans do not tend to do well in traditional treatment settings. Jacquie Johnston-Lynch explains how Tom Harrison House is tackling the challenges head on  I...

Media savvy

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The news and views from the national media Isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on...

Legislation to allow naloxone to be more widely available

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Ready for action Naloxone is to be made more readily available next month. Public Health England’s Steve Taylor looks at how local services and commissioners...

Generation drink

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A major new report sheds light on the alcohol habits of the over-50s. Are they risking drinking themselves into an early grave? Last month the...

Survival strategies

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  Annette Dale-Perera talks to David Gilliver about the challenges facing NHS treatment providers, and how the sector should be responding to a new era Annette...

Dead or alive

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Can reducing the ‘dead space’ in injecting equipment save lives, asks Jamie Bridge. For the more than 100,000 people who inject drugs in the UK,...

A common thread

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Tony Bullock, Dr Samantha Weston and Dr Aliko Ahmed explain how the new focus on public health is an opportunity to involve...

Home front

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Housing association chief executive Ron Dougan tells DDN's David Gilliver about the close links his organisation has established with the treatment sector, and how...

Spanning the years

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Recently retired substance misuse manager for Bristol City Council, Sue Bandcroft, reflects on decades of change in the sector.  ‘There’s nothing like the sun shining to...

Making alcohol services accessible

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Avoiding the airlock Entering alcohol services can feel like a trap to the uninitiated. Mark Holmes looks at why technology may offer more people the...

Recovery Street Film Festival 2015

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Share your story Storytelling through film can play an important role in recovery, says Lou Boyd The Recovery Street Film Festival was founded as a way...

Potent cannabinoid use

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Reinventing cannabis Why are ‘risky’ and ‘unpleasant’ new versions of cannabis replacing the real thing? Adam Winstock shares findings from the Global Drug Survey. For the last...

Get the Picture

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State of the Nation: One of the day’s lunchtime sessions heard delegates debate the current state of English drug policy ‘The subtitle of this session...

Joining forces

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New partnership-led training aims to help victims of domestic abuse incidents where substances are an issue, says Cat Payne Domestic abuse victims with substance misuse...

working it out

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Four lively workshops saw delegates debate healthcare, user groups, media and enterprise.  Doctor’s orders. The right to treatment workshop heard from GPs and service users on...

Homepage Features Tab

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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features Going Public The UK’s public health bodies have added their voices to the call for decriminalisation.     Cry For Help Painkiller...

Hep van man

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With hepatitis C still massively under-prioritised, DDN hears how The Hepatitis C Trust’s testing van is taking services out on the road. ‘It probably adds up...

The long game

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Against the backdrop of round after round of ‘winner takes all’ retendering, Dr Gordon Morse calls for commissioners to consider evolution over revolution There can’t be...

Walk this way

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Walk this way How does it feel to take part in the UK Recovery Walk? Four participants tell us about their experiences in Greater...

Substance use and sight-loss

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Seeing the picture Wulf Livingstone talks to DDN about an innovative study that explores the relationship between substance use and sight loss This article summarises a recently...

Ban on electronic cigarette use

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Electrical Storm With a controversial ban on electronic cigarette use in public places in Wales now looking likely, DDN hears from anti-smoking charity ASH on why,...

False economies

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Is the focus on recovery undermining a highly skilled workforce? As Neil McKeganey said in 2010 (in Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice), if you...

Is Scotland closer to a consensus on drug treatment?

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Scotland’s latest set of drug death statistics made for grim reading and triggered a war of words in parliament and the press. But could...

Psychoactive challenge

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Knowing enough about each novel psychoactive compound that emerges in time to help clients can feel like an impossible task. Kevin Flemen gives a...

Getting it in perspective

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Delegates at the afternoon’s opening session heard a range of personal viewpoints from six very different speakers ‘My perspective is based on 49 years living...

What price life?

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The failure to roll out naloxone distribution in England prompted a multidisciplinary group to meet in London to campaign for change. DDN reports Last year...

Care at Windmill House

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The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talk about the specialised, individualised support they offer Windmill House is a specialist unit in Chertsey, Surrey,...

European Network of People who Use Drugs

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Hands across Europe It’s an exciting time for activism and advocacy among people who use drugs, says Mags Maher For the first time in years, Europe...

What’s in a name?

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  NDTMS data set J could mean more than just a new way of saying the same thing, argue Jan Hernen and Dr Christopher Whiteley We...

Nothing to declare

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In the fourth part of his personal story, Mark Dempster pushes his luck to the limits abroad and comes home for a dose of...

A step ahead

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Chief executive of the award-winning Broadway Lodge, Brian Dudley, talks to DDN about the importance of providing specialist care and dispelling preconceptions about the...

A sense of purpose

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a perfect match for the recovery model, says Mark Webster  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, is the first...

Still going strong

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Now one of the oldest abstinence-based treatment centres in the UK, Broadway Lodge is celebrating 40 years of offering treatment for a variety of...

Recovery event in Leeds

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Recovery Jam brought together workers, volunteers and clients from Leeds’ recovery community in a massively collaborative recovery event Early in 2014, a team of representatives...

Meeting the needs of anabolic steroid users

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A growing problem  Users of anabolic steroids are now the biggest client group in many needle and syringe programmes. David Gilliver talks to Jim McVeigh...

Addictive behaviours conference

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The appliance of science The first pan-European multi-disciplinary conference on addictive behaviours looked at how science and research can translate into policy and practice. DDN...

Body and soul

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Therapists Lois Skilleter and colleague Sal Crosland gave free tasters of their energy-balancing treatments to delegates throughout the day. Lois explains some of the...

New era for CQC regulation

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A lot has changed since the advent of the CQC and there are more changes on the way. David Finney explains what services can...

Come Together

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This year’s exhibition area was a thriving hub of activity, with a colourful array of stands from service user groups and services. The Shenanigans...

A vision to serve

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At an event organised by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum, the challenge of not losing sight of the individual in the new...

Open market

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How easy is it to have any drug you want delivered to your door with no questions asked? This and other issues raised at...

Through the gate

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Sue Reynolds, the clinical lead of sub­stance misuse at HMP Littlehey, tells DDN about joining the growing number of prisons to introduce a life-saving...

Championing recovery

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Throughout September, more than 100 vibrant activities took place across the country for Recovery Month Elly Sanchez recaptures the fun and inclusivity of RDaSH’s Recovery...

Young people and drugs

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Active education Caroline Bridges shares how Loudmouth’s drama projects are educating young people about drug and alcohol issues This month we will have been running for 21...

Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Group

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Sharing knowledge Andy Irving discusses a new project in Sheffield aimed at promoting research, good practice and joined-up working A group of researchers from Sheffield Hallam...

Addiction and recovery in East London

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The times they are a changin’ As Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) celebrates 50 years of helping people in recovery, CEO Graham Marshall looks back at...

Damp Squib?

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You wait nearly 20 years for an UNGASS on global drug policy and then... well, not much. See below for the sector’s reactions to...

Man of principle

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Principal officer at the Police Federation, George Gallimore, talks to David Gilliver about how PCCs could affect the relationship between the criminal justice and treatment...

Nothing to declare

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In the third part of his personal story, Mark Dempster tries his luck with smuggling hash and finds some unsavoury new ‘friends’. Terrorist Brian had been...

Life-saving knowledge

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 Launching our DDN good practice exchange, Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative. The Wallich...

Facing the challenge

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The focus of the morning’s panel discussion was the ‘challenges to making it happen’  ‘Scripts should be available whenever anyone needs them – if the...

Reaching out

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The Reach Out festival in Bristol aimed to raise awareness of carers affected by loved ones’ substance misuse. DHI’s Richard Brookes reports. For every person...

Close to home

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 Putting families first The third Families First conference heard how the will for family support was there – even if the money was hard to come...

Make or break time?

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In a couple of days the country goes to the polls for one of the most unpredictable – and significant – elections in decades....

CQC inspections

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Get in gear David Finney guides you through the new CQC inspections The Care Quality Commission has just published guidance on the new way in which...

Burden of grief

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Helping families through the guilt and anger of losing a loved one can be gruelling for practitioners. Esther Harries looks at how to be...

Be The Change

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Why should you be at the national service user involvement conference this year? DDN answers your questions     What is ‘Be the Change’? Be the Change is...

A clear focus

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Although minimum pricing didn’t make the Queen’s Speech this time around, Alcohol Concern chief executive Eric Appleby tells David Gilliver how it’s helping to frame...

A fine balance

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In the October issue of DDN, Philippe Bonnet spoke passionately about his campaign for drug consumption rooms in the UK. Here, Ingrid van Beek...

‘By our silence we let others define us’

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In the run-up to the UK Recovery Walk this month, Annemarie Ward looks at how far the charity has come and where it’s heading  The...

New psychoactive substances

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Psychoactive challenge New psychoactive substances don’t show up in mandatory prison drug tests and their use level in jails appears to be soaring, with worrying...

Prepare for your CQC Inspection

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Definitely, maybe… David Finney tells you how to prepare for your CQC Inspection, ahead of the latest changes   I wonder if, every time the doorbell rings, you imagine...

Harm reduction at the NNEF meeting

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On the front line Matt Johnstone brings harm reduction news from the annual NNEF meeting  The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) held its annual meeting in...

Are you involved?

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Asking delegates from all over the country for a picture of service user involvement brought forth some distressing stories of groups being dissolved, dysfunctional partnerships...

Spreading the evidence

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Grace Ball discusses how the UK recovery movement is continuing to evolve, and reports back from the UK Recovery Academy’s recent Manchester conference. These are...

Frontline reporting

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The afternoon’s interactive session heard some inspiring accounts of what service users were doing to make their voices heard.  ‘Things are changing, and everything is...

Getting streetwise

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The Ana Liffey Project is a national addiction service dedicated to harm reduction – Stephen Parkin talks to director Tony Duffin about their innovative...

In it together

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A new set of resources to support access to mutual aid has been published by Public Health England. DDN reports. Supportive peer relationships with people...

Captured on camera

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 A roving Recovery Street Film Festival aims to change public perceptions of addiction, as the organising team explains This summer will see the launch of...

Scratching the surface

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There’s much to be done to bring together substance misuse and mental health services so we can offer effective care for dual diagnosis, says...

Drugs counselling in prisons

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First person Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a...

Recovery in the North West

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Recovery rising Ray Jenkins and Mark Gilman talk about the North West’s contributions to the UK recovery movement The North West of England has a...

Supporting vulnerable women

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Take a bow Nicky Goulder talks about how an acting workshop is supporting vulnerable women in east London For over five years, arts charity Create has helped...

The inspector calls

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David Finney gives the latest essential chapter on preparing for Care Quality Commission inspection Do you know what’s happening with CQC inspections? You may have...

Adfam/ DDN conference ‘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....

Staying silent

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Adfam share new research that reveals why families often struggle for a long time before seeking help with a problem drinker. Drugs and alcohol are...

What can we do about young people being hospitalised for alcohol?

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Figures obtained by the BBC reveal the extent to which young children are ending up in hospital because of alcohol, reports DDN.  While recent reports...

Reasons to believe

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The day’s final session heard from Tim Sampey of Build on Belief on the importance of self-determination Service user involvement is something I’ve been doing for ten...

Filling the gap

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The NNEF was encouraged by the success of its first free training day for needle exchange staff, says the forum’s chair Jamie Bridge  ‘We have...

In mind and body

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This year’s HIT Hot Topics conference delved into neuroscience to challenge our perceptions of drugs and drug taking. Max Daly reports  The fervour around crack...

Occupational support during recovery

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All in a day's work Sue Bright describes how offering occupational support can bolster an individual’s recovery journey How many activities have you already carried out...

Bereavement and addiction

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Cause and effect Last issue, we reported on a set of guidelines about supporting those bereaved through drug and alcohol related death. John Rossington looks...

Tough measures

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Kit Caless examines some of the issues behind the rush to outlaw new psycho­active substances (NPS) The third reading of the Psychoactive Substances Bill took...

Harnessing the potential

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Is the sector ready for co-production, asks Alistair Sinclair.   ‘Co-production is an idea whose time has come,’ states Right here right now: taking co-production into...

Face to face

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October's recovery summit in Scotland brought together people from all walks of life to explore what they could do for recovery, as Kuladharini explains. Scotland’s...

A sense of purpose – full referenced version

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, is the first evidence-based treatment for addiction that shares the same philosophy as the recovery model. It...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 6 October — make sure you...

Treatment at Chandos House

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A dog’s life James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House Born to two workaholic and exercise-addicted parents, Bert...

Recovery month 2015

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Recovery round-up Throughout September, thousands of people across the UK got together to celebrate recovery – with fund-raisers, festivals and plenty of fun. DDN gets...

Meet Oscar, the DDN baby!

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Jason and Elizabeth met at a DDN conference and brought little Oscar to meet us at this year’s event Four years ago I was at...

The last taboo

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More support – and understanding – is needed for victims of violence and abuse perpetrated by their children, says Oliver Standing. In the last quarter...

Work Fair

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Mhairi Doyle spent a quarter of a century helping people with substance problems into work. She talks to David Gilliver about austerity and the new benefits...

A case for e-cigarettes

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A case for e-cigarettes Professor Gerry Stimson  takes a closer look at electronic cigarettes and asks – if e-cigarettes can save lives, why are we...

Recovery rocks!

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A local partnership involving service users brought Nottingham’s first celebration of recovery and local music, as Lee Collingham reports. As in recovery itself, many hurdles...

Breaking bonds

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A new study by the universities of Manchester and Brunel, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has been looking at the incidence of recurrent care proceedings in family courts...

Staying alive

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Could the recovery agenda be killing people? Alex Boyt makes the case from his own experience. In the mid ’80s, when I found a prescribing...

Drug use in prisons

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No hiding place Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through...

2015 RCGP national conference

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Better together With primary care facing its severest set of challenges, delegates at the 2015 RCGP national conference argued vociferously for GPs to remain at the...

The state we’re in

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Forcing stable people off their heroin scripts and into chaos is evidence of a British drug treatment system in terminal decline, says Erin O’Mara ‘I...

Complex Care

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Have you noticed the world is getting more complicated? It's not just technology that's stretching our capabilities but, in the addictions field, it's the...

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...

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...