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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...

Zooming in

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Technology is helping to make sure that recovery workers and clients stay connected.

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...

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...

A moment to reflect

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Addaction started 50 years ago with a desperate mother writing to the paper about her son’s addiction. Much has changed but the charity’s purpose grows...

Hole in the soul – can philosophers teach us about addiction?

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Looking to the philosophers can give us valuable understanding of the nature of addiction, suggests Albert Yates. On the face of it, Classical Greek philosophy...

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...

Opening the Doors

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

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...

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....

Getting Engaged

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

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...

Survey demonstrates need for improvement of hepatitis C services

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An estimated 160,000 people are living with hepatitis C in England. Yet, in 2015, fewer than 12,000 people were diagnosed and fewer than 10,000...

Emergency measures

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Although Wales has largely escaped significant treatment budget cuts, drug deaths are still rising to alarming levels. Access, and evidence-based treatment, are key to...

Brief encounter: what happened to alcohol brief interventions?

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Alcohol brief interventions promised a way of improving the nation’s public health – so what happened to this ambitious initiative? Mike Ashton looks back...

Doorstep Challenge

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

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...

Include me in

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The inclusive cities model is a forward thinking-approach to boosting people’s recovery in the communities where they live, say Professor David Best, Professor Charlotte...

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...

Clear steer on alcohol

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Launching the Alcohol Charter, key figures from the sector called for a definitive alcohol strategy based on evidence, as DDN reports. Read the full article...

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...

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...

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)...

The iCAAD Knowledge Hub

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Stay with it Tenacity is vital when it comes to working with troubled young people, Addaction’s Sam Dixon tells DDN. When Sam Dixon from Addaction’s YZUP...

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...

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...

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...

A place to connect: Addaction’s two-day conference

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Addaction’s two-day conference addressed emotional wellbeing while celebrating the value of shared experience, as DDN reports. ‘Learn, share, connect and celebrate,’ urged David Badcock, Addaction’s...

Sowing recovery at ESH Works

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ESH Works was built from a dream of peer-based recovery. Paul Urmston shares their story. I used drink to cope. I didn’t really fit in...

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...

A capital idea

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WDP’s Capital Card scheme has been helping to incentivise and empower service users, the team tells DDN. Read the full article in DDN Magazine People who...

Let’s get radical – confronting fears on harm reduction

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Harm reduction measures can be seen as controversial within the wider population, but isn’t confronting public fears an essential stage in moving the agenda...

The discovery of recovery – where did it all start?

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Since 2008 ‘recovery’ has been at the heart of British drug treatment policy. As Mike Ashton reports, it has been used as both an...

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...

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...

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...

Bill Nelles – Doctor Wars (part one)

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In the first part of his two part series 'Doctor Wars' Bill Nelles describes how the running battles between substance misuse clinicians in 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...

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...

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...

Risks of pregabalin and gabapentin

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Death rates have risen dramatically for prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin. Let’s be aware of the risks, says Clare Kingsbury-Bell. Drug-related deaths linked to pregabalin...

The Mother of Invention

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

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...

Puncturing the myths?

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Acupuncture is commonly used as a complementary therapy in the substance use field. But how effective is it, asks Natalie Davies. Read this article in...

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...

Inside Out

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When delivering recovery services to prisoners, demonstrating impact is a complex but vital process, says Carwyn Gravell. Forward’s range of structured, abstinence-based treatment programmes (which...

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?...

Finding the right voice

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CGL has been consulting with young people on the best ways for its youth services to get their message across. DDN reports on the...

Time to talk

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Talking therapies are among the many options that should be offered alongside OST, says Clive Hallam. Recently, a post on social media considered the question...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Harm reduction in Belfast

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Belfast’s injecting drugs crisis has prompted a call for action – to bring a drug consumption room to the city as quickly as possible....

A different pain

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James Elander shares his new research on painkiller addiction and how to spot the warning signs. Addiction to prescribed pain relief is a serious and...

Reaching out: painkillers

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How do we find and treat the ‘hidden cohort’ of patients addicted to opioid painkillers? In the second of a three-part series, DDN reports ‘People...

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...

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...

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,...

What a long strange trip it’s been

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When DDN launched way back in 2004 Tony Blair was prime minister, the NTA was just three years old, and the money was flowing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mental health is in crisis – time to act

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Mental health is in crisis – more so for people from minority groups. How do we reach them before they drown? DDN reports from...

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...

Commissioning is risking lives, say GPs

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Poor commissioning practice is putting patients’ lives at stake, declared the GPs’ conference. ‘Only recommission services if they are ineffective, dangerous or wasteful – not...

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...

End of a relationship

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Leaving drug use behind can feel like losing a lover. Christopher Robin looks at how to cope. Perhaps you need a new perspective, a new...

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...

Alcohol strategy is ripe for refreshment

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Time is of the essence in overhauling the alcohol strategy, says the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice APPG. DDN reports. ‘We were asked by government, “what...

High stakes

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While a harmless diversion for many, for some people gambling can mean losing everything – even their life. With treatment provision still sparse, Jody...

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...

‘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 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...

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...

Helping families of former members of the UK Armed Forces

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Family Force A new project is reaching out to families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems, as Rob Stebbings...

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...

CQC consultation: Have your say!

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Don’t miss the chance to change CQC inspections, says David Finney. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently issued a consultation on changes to the...

On the Margins

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

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...

Agents of change

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We urgently need to become activists once more, argues Nick Wilson in his contribution to The Vision Project. Read the full article in DDN Magazine The...

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...

Out of commission

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With the government’s long-awaited alcohol strategy showing no signs of materialising any time soon, the newly launched Commission on Alcohol Harm is hoping to fill in some of the gaps.

A patient worth saving?

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We need to talk about service user involvement, says Nick Goldstein. Service user involvement, in one form or another, has been around a long time. An...

At the cutting edge

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DDN looks back at a year that saw cuts continue to bite, deaths continue to rise, ‘county lines’ become headline news – and a...

Slow on the draw

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Why are smokers reluctant to exchange the risks of cigarettes for the health benefits of e-cigs, asks Neil McKeganey. E-cigarettes have been characterised by Public...

Under pressure

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The celebrity craze for stress pills is even reaching schoolchildren – should we be concerned? Kevin Flemen looks at the risks and availability of...

A question of why

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Existentialism can give us a fresh angle on addressing the debilitating void that follows addiction, suggests Lana Durjava. Read the full article in May 2019...

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 –...

Prison perspectives

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A first-person account of nearly a decade at the frontline of prison substance misuse services. Last year I resigned from my position as a service...

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...

Just a child

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

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?’...

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...

Partner up

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Co-production and partnership working can help organisations thrive in troubled times. DDN hears from the MD of Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services,...

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...

Grow a little kindness

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SIG Penrose Roots is a garden-based community recovery project that provides a therapeutic growing space for service users, members, volunteers and the wider community.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Giving the best chance

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This year’s NHSSMPA conference was dedicated to creating lasting behaviour change, as DDN reports. Read the full report in October's DDN Magazine ‘How can we give...

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...

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...

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...

Family Insight

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A CQC inspection has given a family support service in Haringey a firmer platform for their life-changing interventions. Insight Platform started as a substance misuse...

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...

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...

Making pathways for commissioning

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Commissioners are on a mission to do things better. But how can they take on board the many complex health issues with less money...

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...

What future for our prisons?

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With NPS problems making regular headlines and a general consensus that the system isn’t working, the UK’s prisons are in bad shape. David Gilliver reports...

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...

Review of the year

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As the old Chinese curse has it, ‘may you live in interesting times’… A truly seismic year for world events saw the triumph of populist...

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...

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...

Recovering Through Nature

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Phoenix Futures share the growth of their exciting Purple Camel Project. Read the full article in May 2018 DDN Magazine Phoenix Futures we have been...

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...

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,...

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...

The Right Connections

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

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...

So, how are we doing?

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As deputy drug czar for the Blair government, Mike Trace oversaw the expansion of today’s drug and alcohol treatment system. In the second of...

Life and death issues

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Drug-related deaths dominated the DDN conference’s Big Debate session, which gave delegates the chance to put their views across.   ‘When people talk about drug-related deaths it’s about numbers...

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...

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...

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...

Anxious times

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Shocked by cases in his constituency, Bambos Charalambous MP is calling for government action on Xanax. The powerful sedative Xanax is being used by young...

A new normal

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Within days of lockdown being announced, Lancashire’s recovery communities had transformed their way of life on a grand scale, as Chris Lee explains. We are...

No time to lose

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The ‘substantial upward trend’ in drug-related deaths was explored at the latest meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group, as DDN...

Market forces

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Drug-related deaths: A strong message from Addaction’s Mortality Matters conference was that treatment services need to put competition to one side and challenge the conditions...

Time for social action

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Social action is the way forward in tackling complex needs, hears DDN. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis recently...

The Recovery Street Film Festival – The bigger picture

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Junaid tells us how he became involved in making a film for the 2017 Recovery Street Film Festival. In 2015 I was using crack cocaine...

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...

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...

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...

Ketamine use: advice from the experts on harm reduction

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The growing popularity of ketamine use is not matched by knowledge within treatment services. Sara Woods went to harm reductionists Mat Southwell and Amy...

On borrowed time

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The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears...

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...

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...

Can positive psychology help to treat dual diagnosis?

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Katalin Ujhelyi, Jerome Carson and Ioanna Melidou share results of a new study. People with dual diagnosis – co-occurring substance misuse and mental health issues...

Free to breathe

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Should e-cigarettes be provided free to smokers who cannot or will not quit, asks Neil McKeganey. While smoking rates have steadily declined in recent years,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The right focus

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An effective review of commissioning will need input and inspir­a­tion from everyone involved – practitioners, commissioners, and especially those using services. DDN reports. There have...

Rising tide

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The ‘tough on drugs’ approach is impractical, outdated and costly in every sense, according to a meeting of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform. Considering...

Springboard to success

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RAPt’s apprenticeship programme is helping people to use their experience of addiction to get back into work, as Nathan Motherwell explains. Since 2013 RAPt have...

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...

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...

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...

Just Be Yourself: support in the LGBT+ community

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Robert Mee grew up feeling that he didn’t belong and used alcohol and drugs to counter his loneliness. Now, as chief executive of a...

Up close and interpersonal

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Interpersonal group therapy has huge potential to help people in their recovery. However, ongoing supervised practice and support are critical in training effective facilitators, says Dr Tim Leighton.

Shared perspectives

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Having had to postpone his trip to the DDN conference, Bill Nelles reflects on the differences in drug policy between the UK and his...

One size fits nobody

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With much anecdotal evidence that people are losing their OST of choice, a meeting was held at the DDN conference to ask, ‘are you...

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...

Becoming visible: homelessness

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Homelessness may be a complex issue but we know how to make a difference, heard delegates at a conference that brought together academics and...

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...

DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017

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The DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017        

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...

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...

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...

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...

Matters of Life and Death

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Kevin Flemen confronts a topic we all need to talk about.

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...

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...

The Right Questions

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

Remembering Simon

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Tributes have been paid to Simon Morgan; Change Grow Live recovery worker, DDN volunteer, and a much-loved member of the Stratford-upon-Avon music scene, who...

Media Savvy

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The news, and the skews, in the national media. The history of prohibition proves it fuels gangsterism and forces up potency, from moonshine replacing beer...

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...

Doubling Down

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With World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, now is the time to redouble our efforts towards hepatitis C elimination, says Rachel Halford. World Hepatitis Day...

A Sure Start

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

The emperor’s new clothes

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Pockets of good practice throughout the country should not mask the fact that the ‘recovery agenda’ is failing, says Howard King. Since the end of...

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...

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...

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...

Naloxone outreach – Reaching out

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Now that naloxone is officially ‘out there’, CGL are among those searching for the people most in need of it. DDN reports on their...

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...

Finding balance

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In the therapy room at DDN Conference, Lois Skilleter and Sam Lofthouse gave delegates a taster of massage and Reiki. Lois explains the treatments. This...

Fighting for a C change

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally eliminate hepatitis C is within our grasp, says Professor Ashley Brown. Read the full article in October DDN Magazine When I...

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...

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...

We need to talk about Brexit

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The implications of the political turmoil caused by Brexit are dangerous for service users says Nick Goldstein.

A space to listen

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Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a new peer-led resource for people with co-existing mental health and addiction problems, as Dr Raffaella Milani explains. Coexisting substance misuse...

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...

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...

Case dismissed

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Why are recommendations to improve custody-community transitions being routinely ignored when so many lives are at stake? DDN reports. As drug-related death rates continue to...

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...

Coronavirus advice

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Information, advice, and useful resources on coronavirus for treatment services, service users, and people who use drugs. Please send us any information you or your...

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...

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...

PCCs lead the call for change

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It used to be that senior police, like politicians, would only speak out on drug policy from the safety of retire­ment. These days, however,...

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...

At breaking point

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Chronic lack of investment is gambling with lives, agreed members of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group. Read their Charter for Change. ‘The current...

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...

Different perspectives

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We need to dig deep for inspiration and redouble our efforts against reactionary policies, heard this year’s HIT Hot Topics. DDN reports. Photography by...

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...

Commissioning Quality

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The new national substance misuse commissioner forum will play a vital role in responding to future challenges, say Chris Lee and Prof Jim McManus. Even...