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CZAR GAZING – How do we get more for less?

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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 fourth of...

DDN Conference 2019

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Speakers at the DDN conference embraced the theme ‘Keep on Moving’. What came out very strongly was that we need to take others along...

End of life care for people with problematic substance use and...

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A special supplement on end of life care for people with problematic substance use and their families. People with problematic substance use, and their families,...

CZAR GAZING – What is substance misuse treatment for?

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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 third of...

CZAR GAZING – 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...

Countdown to hep C eradication

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NHS England’s target date to eliminate hepatitis C is now just six years away. DDN hears what progress has been made, and what’s left...

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...

Street Smart: integrated outreach

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The ISEU project is taking street outreach to the next level, says Peter Burleigh. Read the full article in DDN magazine I’ve been going into hostels,...

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...

Reading the signals

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Gay men can find it very difficult to seek help when ‘chemsex’ becomes addictive. Leon Knoops explored the issue at Hit Hot Topics. Chemsex is...

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...

Finding a voice

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Katie’s experience of stigma made her determined to help herself and others – the beginning of Adfam’s #StigmaMakesMeFeel campaign. She shares her story, with...

Driving Change

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The theme of this year’s Hit Hot Topics conference was ‘The Road Ahead’. As each speaker began to explore the theme, it became obvious...

Final destination?

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‘The road to recovery – political destination or patient journey?’ was the theme of this year’s RCGP and SMMGP primary care conference. DDN reports. ‘None...

Beyond the gate

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Prisons have a unique opportunity to introduce a life-saving naloxone strategy, so is the message getting through? DDN reports. Naloxone saves lives, and for people...

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...

An equal partnership

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Meaningful service user involvement is about give and take, says Mark Pryke. Read the full article in DDN Magazine My role is to help increase opportunities...

CZAR GAZING – The golden years

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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 first of...

The right to challenge

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Know your ground when contesting CQC inspection reports and ratings, says Samantha Cox. Read it in DDN. CQC now has the power to rate independent...

Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group.

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Good commissioning goes beyond purchasing, hears DDN. A robust discussion on commissioning was the focus of the year’s final meeting of the Drugs, Alcohol and...

The power of connection

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A sensitive approach can be a lifeline to women whose lives revolve around drugs and sex work, as DDN reports. ‘Without these guys I probably...

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...

The Right Fix?

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Safe injecting sites, drug consumption rooms, safe injecting facilities, fix rooms or the rather more grandiose medically supervised injecting centres are just some of...

Treatment crisis

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Action is needed now to stop the spiralling costs of buprenorphine, says Roz Gittins. We want to offer high quality, safe, cost-effective services to as...

Playing the long game

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Tony Adams’ glittering football career could not mask deep-seated problems that needed to be tackled. He shared his story at the NHSSMPA conference. ‘You don’t...

State of the sector: Time to talk

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When the going gets tough, is it time to get round the table, asks DDN. Read the full article in October's DDN Magazine A couple of...

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...

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...

The space to grow

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Far away from the usual distractions, Kenward’s residents are given the chance of a new start. DDN reports. Read the full article in October's DDN...

Opening new doors

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After running for 25 years in Glasgow, Phoenix Futures’ Scottish residential service has moved to a new home within the city. Read the full article...

Adios Recovery Riviera?

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Why are we sending people miles away to rehab instead of supporting them to survive in their own community, asks Mark Gilman. Read the full...

In safer hands?

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When should the Mental Capacity Act be used to make decisions on behalf of vulnerable people? Mike Ward unpicks a complicated issue. Read the full...

In a spin: an insight into gambling addiction

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With the depth of painful personal experience, Owen Baily explains why gambling treatment is still a lottery. Read the full article in DDN Magazine With sweaty...

No quick fix on painkiller addiction

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We need to rethink our relationship with pain, says Dr Simone Yule. Read the full article in DDN Magazine It’s becoming a well-told and oft-repeated story:...

Gambling with public health

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Let’s increase the chances of a good outcome for gambling addiction, says Lord Victor Adebowale. Read the article in September DDN magazine Gambling is a common...

Height of awareness: peer-to-peer overdose prevention

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Peer-to-peer naloxone initiatives are proving an effective way to tackle overdose risk. Lee Collingham describes how SCUF are grasping the opportunity in Nottingham. Read the...

In search of excellence – new phase of CQC

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David Finney gives his guide to understanding the next phase of CQC Inspection. Read the full article in DDN magazine The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has...

Perfect partners

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As competition for funding heats up it’s time for charities to form meaningful and creative partnerships with the private sector, says Eleanor Youdell. Read this...

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...

A foot in the door

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Seeking healthcare can be daunting for homeless people. DDN visits a practice in north London that takes every opportunity to engage. Read this article in...

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...

High risk strategy

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Failure to provide naloxone at the point of release for most prisoners is putting lives at risk, says John Jolly. Read this article in DDN Those...

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...

Crack Cocaine – Cracks in the mirror

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Could a recent growth in crack cocaine use indicate its move to social acceptability – and how should we respond? Kevin Flemen examines the...

Drawing on experience

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Does continuing professional development (CPD) have a purpose for volunteers and people without professional qualifications? Absolutely, says Kate Halliday, who explains how to get...

Surviving and thriving: Kaleidoscope at 50

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‘It’s down to you guys that people get a chance of a new life.’ Eleanor Conway pauses for a serious moment during a ‘stand-up’...

Dying with their rights on?

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Should we be doing more to protect people from harmful drinking, asks Mike Ward. Read the full article in June 2018 issue of DDN Some people...

Back to reality – treating ARBD

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Getting the right treatment can reverse effects of alcohol-related brain damage, says Alyson Smith. Read the full article in June 2018 issue of DDN Alcohol-related brain...

Bang for your buck

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The launch of the ‘Decency, safety, security’ strategy for prisons was greeted with mixed reactions by the Drugs, Alcohol, and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group....

A Winner’s Tale

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Last year Kelly’s Story won the Recovery Street Film Festival. In 2015, Kelly Judge was sleeping rough on the streets of London with no...

Straight to the point – NNEF conference

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The National Needle Exchange Forum focused on some vital harm reduction issues, as DDN reports. Photography by Nigel Brunsdon. Read the full article in May...

Déjà vu

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While numbers of crack users may be on the increase, the basics of providing an effective service for them haven’t changed, says Danny Hames. I...

Access for autism

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Are alcohol services meeting the needs of adults with autism? Alcohol Concern and the University of Bath are working to improve support for this...

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...

Resounding Victory

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National judo champion Stuart Pascoe thought his sports career was over as his alcohol use spiralled. But with help from Addaction the 46-year-old has...

The Fear Inside

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A study of people who used heroin in prison gives vital clues on reaching out to this significant and vulnerable cohort. Lana Durjava shares...

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...

‘All or nothing’ – are 12-steps right for everyone?

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The 12-step fellowships are a life-saver for some – but for others, the concept of total surrender can do more harm than good. Alex...

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,...

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....