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A glimpse of the future?

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Canada’s opioid crisis may be less reported than that in the US, but the effects have been devastating. Is this where we are headed,...

Staying Alert

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The sector has risen admirably to the challenges of COVID-19. But it needs to remain vigilant when it comes to what happens next

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...

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...

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...

Review of the year

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Hanging on in there Another year of tightened purse strings and record drug deaths for a weary and beleaguered sector, compounded by the shock closure...

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...

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...

Thanks for Sharing

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Testing and treatment for hep C may have improved, but data sharing is lagging dangerously behind, warns a new LJWG report. Read the full article...

Coronavirus: Uncharted Waters

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The coronavirus outbreak is transforming almost every aspect of our society at dizzying speed. DDN looks at the impact so far on treatment services...

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,...

Advocating for change

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An inspiring session at DDN Conference heard representatives from user involvement and engagement programmes describe the power of effective partnerships. ‘We all need to make efforts...

Lasting impressions

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Early trauma can have a devastating effect on children, leaving them more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol. We need to be ready to...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Family matters

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The families of people who use substances are unforgivably overlooked. With an election looming, read Adfam’s own five-point manifesto.

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...

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...

Spreading the word – Painkiller addiction

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In the concluding article in a three-part series, DDN looks at much-needed services offering information and support Buying codeine-based cough medicine from the chemist was...

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...

Making it real

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How do you bring a recovery conference to life? Jamie Gratton shares his experience. We have just enjoyed our first Aquarius recovery conference, celebrating how...

How treatment services need to adapt to survive

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If treatment is to survive it needs to make a more convincing case and reach out to new groups, argues Paul North. Seven years ago...

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...

Another Story – Social media is stigmatising drug users

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Social media is full of stigmatising language about drug use. We should be using powerful first-person stories to create a more positive picture.

National forum for action

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Delegates at the National Needle Exchange Forum’s annual conference heard inspiring examples of taking harm reduction to the next level. James Pierce reports.  More than...

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.

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,...

Across the great divide

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Contemplating a landscape of change and fear, HIT Hot Topics speakers called for solidarity. DDN reports. ‘When we meet someone, we ask what music they...

DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017

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The DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017        

There’s something in the heroin

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Claire Gilbert, Tony Margetts, Gilda Nunez, Bryony Sedgwick and Tim Allison describe their response to the emergence of fentanyl and carfentanil in their local...

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...

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,...

Upping their game

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The sixth annual Recovery Games were the biggest and best yet, says Stuart Green. Ahead of September’s Recovery Month, people from across Britain gathered to...

Q&A – New legal rules around children in care

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Solicitor Emma Roberts offers advice around the new legal guidelines around children in care during the coronavirus pandemic. In light of the current health crisis...

Blocking the path

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What proportion of England’s problem drinkers are actually in treatment? And are increasing rates of unmet need the result of austerity-driven funding cuts? Mike...

Counter culture

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As the friendly and regular face at the heart of community-based medicine, the pharmacist has an opportunity to profoundly influence welfare, as DDN reports. ‘If...

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...

The ‘Cycle of Change’ – A step too far?

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Have we been right to embrace the ‘cycle of change’, asks Natalie Davies. When Bill Wilson, who went on to co-found Alcoholics Anonymous, was hospitalised for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Staying on track

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What does COVID-19 mean for hepatitis C elimination plans in London? Dee Cunniffe gives an update. Two months ago, on 2 March, senior leaders from...

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.

Choose life – Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness

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The stakes have never been higher. This year’s Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness Day activities brought service users and recovery communities together with one...

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...

Recovery thrives

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As Recovery Month continues to go from strength to strength with fundraisers, festivals and fun, DDN hears three inspiring accounts of this year’s activities. A...

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...

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...

Hepatitis C Peer Education

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As we approach Hepatitis Awareness Day, Ignatious Harling shares his progress as a hep C peer educator.

We need to talk about diamorphine

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The new diamorphine programmes may not be the holy grail that some think, says Nick Goldstein. As I’m sure many of you have noticed, diamorphine...

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...

By hook or by crook

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We’re not reaching people with problematic cannabis use says Lizzie McCulloch, whose report Black sheep offers a new approach to policy and treatment. Cannabis is...

Battle lines

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For many ex-service personnel the transition to civilian life can be a struggle, and it’s all too tempting to turn to the bottle to...

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...

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...

DDN Conference – Opening Session

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The day’s first session focused the current state of play in the treatment sector, the vital role of user involvement, and where things needed...

More than my past

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A new campaign is tackling stigma head on, says Asi Panditharatna. Read the full article in DDN Magazine ‘We believe everyone has the ability to...

Tips for the home teacher

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With many more weeks of home schooling to go, Becky Cranham's tips might save your sanity... One week down, lots more to go. As it...

We need to talk about pleasure

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Our refusal to acknowledge that drugs can be a happy experience is hampering our attempts at treatment, says Nick Goldstein.

Pole to pole

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Is harm reduction the primary goal, or acceptable only in the service of eliminating drug use? Mike Ashton examines two very different sets of...

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...

A different way

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Stopping the rise of drug-related deaths needs an innovative approach – such as paying drug users to stop using, says Neil McKeganey. The recent report...

SWEAT – a new project for steroid users

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A new project is helping steroid users to recalibrate their lives while providing evidence for better treatment, says Jody Leach. At Open Road we launched...

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...

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...

Less pain, more gain

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Opiate medications don’t work for chronic pain – in fact they often make it worse. In a recent pilot scheme in Hastings run jointly by...

Walking back to happiness

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Mark Reid on two books that consider the restorative power of walking. In The Salt Path, Ray(nor) Winn and Moth, Cer husband of 32 years,...

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...

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’.

Rodrigo Duterte’s punishing regime

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The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has been taking the ‘war on drugs’ to extremes that have shocked the world. DDN asks what,...

Vote of confidence

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As Phoenix Futures launches its new strategy, with the strapline ‘The charity that is confident about recovery’, DDN hears about the ideas behind it...

Strategy for Survival

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Challenging times mean smaller organisations must embrace new ways of thinking, says Caroline Cole. We operate in difficult financial times, and for charities delivering addiction...

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...

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...

Roger Howard pens an open letter to the new recovery champion...

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Roger Howard pens an open letter to the new recovery champion Ed Day, in response to our interview with him last month.

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...

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...

Adjusting the focus

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Change, grow, live’s executive director of health and social care, Mark Moody, tells DDN about the organisation’s change of name and what it signifies. ‘I...

Height of ecstasy

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Summer brings the festivals – and a new young crowd experimenting with MDMA. Kevin Flemen gives the guide to staying safe ‘Who is Leah Betts?’...

Hit Hot Topics: The word on the streets

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The Word on the Streets This year’s Hit Hot Topics asked, how can we give harm reduction most impact on the frontline? DDN reports, pics...

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....

DDN Conference – Session two

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The morning’s second session, ‘The Big Conversation’, focused on the shape of service user involvement and how it should look in the future. Read the...

Journeys of recovery

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A team of cyclists made up of staff from Humankind’s services across the country completed an epic 170-mile Ride for Recovery from Manchester to...

Uncharted territory

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The coronavirus outbreak has transformed almost every aspect of our society at dizzying speed. DDN looks at the impact so far on treatment services...

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...

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...

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...

Helping addicted parents

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More than 2.6m people have seen Addicted Parents, the two-part BBC documentary on Phoenix Futures’ specialist family service. James Armstrong explains the back­ground 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...

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:...

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...

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...

It’s all about you

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Change Grow Live wants its new strategy to come from staff and service users, says Mark Moody.

Home from home

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Keeping the home ties strong is one important way that Phoenix Futures keeps their residents’ motivation high, says Liam Ward Aligned with government guidance –...

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...

On a mission to cure hep C

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Curing hepatitis C has become a reality and makes sense for the public purse as well as public health. So let’s get on with...

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...

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...

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...

A Tangled Web: drug purchasing on the darknet

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The ‘darknet’ online marketplace has experienced significant turbulence lately, affecting the availability of different drugs. Be ready for the impact, says Kevin Flemen.

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...

Long Hot Summer

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Summer weather and lack of other entertainment mean that young people are once again turning to outdoor partying on a large scale. Drug services...

Making choice real

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How can we improve the range of options available to bring more people into services, asks DDN. The options that exist for drug treatment surely...

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...

New drugs minister pledges support

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Addaction redoubles commitment to tackling stigma We are determined to deal with the scourge that is stigma,’ said Lord Carlile at Addaction’s 50th birthday event...

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...

DDN Conference – Session three

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The day’s final session, ‘Insights’, heard personal stories about naloxone, the lack of support for problem gambling, and properly engaging with your past to...

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.

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...

In tune with nature

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From the heart of the Cornish countryside Bosence Farm Community has been developing ecotherapy, as Tom Packer explains.       

Promotional Feature: Hepatitis C and Me

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Kevin Stow, an ex-drug user and previous hepatitis C sufferer shares his experiences and talks about how being cleared of hepatitis C helped give...

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...

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...

Vital Links

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The group of NHS providers, NHSSMPA, is looking at new ways to make sure service users stay connected with essential skilled healthcare. ‘Nostalgia isn’t what...

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...

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...

Brand New Day

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Dr Ed Day has just been appointed as the government’s drug recovery champion. He talks to DDN about the challenges and opportunities of the...

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...

The Benzo Trap

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Improving our understanding of benzodiazepines would save many lives, says Kevin Flemen. Non-medical use of benzodiazepines creates big challenges for treatment services. There need to...

New alcohol medication Selincro is steeped in controversy

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New alcohol medication Selincro has had a controversial route to market, as Mike Ashton explains. In 2013 Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck was authorised by the...

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...

Alcohol Awareness Week

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Family focus Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 shines a spotlight on alcohol and families, sending the message that support is always available. DDN reports. Alcohol Concern has partnered...

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...

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...

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...

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) is showing dramatic progress in transforming lives. DDN reports. ‘Life was shit. I would rob Peter to pay Paul. I’d cry...

Aiming High

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Even in the most difficult circumstances recovery is always possible, says Jody Leach.

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...

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 Heart of the Matter

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Can we meet six basic challenges to repair a fragmented treatment system, asks Paul Hayes. Brexit continues to dominate mainstream debate. But far more important...

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’...

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...

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.

Dame Carol Black Review – Next Steps

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Dame Black has spoken loud and clear. How policy makers respond will be crucial.

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...

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...

Creating a future

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Prison can be an opportunity to change deep-rooted behav­iour and begin to flourish, say the team at Addaction tell DDN. ‘I have learnt that the crime...

One Love

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The best way to tackle the stigma of gender stereotyping is with an open heart. DDN talks to Beck Gee-Cohen. ‘I was pretty functional when...

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...

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...

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...

Emotional intelligence – Inner strength

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Emotional intelligence can be a potent tool for recovery, says Derek Fredericks. One hot summer’s day 13 years ago, I remember sitting alone on the...

Hope after chaos

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It’s time to ‘get busy living’, says Tom. I had a good childhood and my parents provided all that I needed. My first years at...

Gender imbalance

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The lockdown may be having a disproportionate effect on female service users, warns Gordon Hay. The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown impacts on all...

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...

Vital connections

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Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment. DDN visits Equinox outreach team in Brighton to hear how they engage with a growing...

Keeping older users in treatment

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Playing for Keeps With Scotland experiencing ever-higher numbers of drug deaths, its government is developing a strategy to keep vulnerable older users in treatment. DDN...

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...

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...

Back to Nature: Recovery Project at Phoenix Futures Shipley Park

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Phoenix Futures describe how guests at their recent Shipley Park open day were able to witness the positive impact a beautiful natural setting can...

A change of heart

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  When a ‘general in the war of drugs’ calls the campaign a complete failure, it’s time to listen. DDN reports from the GPs’ conference. ‘For...

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...

Safe Corner

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What would persuade a city to accept a drug consumption room? Natalie Davies examines the argument. Glasgow could become the site of the UK’s first...

Beginning of the end

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End of life care is a difficult topic to discuss. Kevin Jaffray suggests ways to start the conversation and provide better palliative options. End of...

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...

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...

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...

The power of naloxone

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As soon as Harbour Housing introduced naloxone a life was saved. A decade on they are looking back on one of their best decisions

Matters of Life and Death

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

Positive signals

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Giving families a clear and consistent route to help makes all the difference, as DDN reports. ‘When you work with families in an uncoordinated way...

Back to Reality: alcohol-related brain damage

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Korsakoff’s syndrome is a severe memory disorder, associated with long-term alcohol misuse. Glenn Barnett shares a new model to support those affected and help...

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...

The bigger picture

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Recovery should be about freedom. So why aren’t we embracing diversity, asks Mark Prest. Picture an addict, what do you see? Someone white, probably work­ing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

In the Picture

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The parliamentary group discussion moved to Zoom for its first meeting since the crisis hit services.

Recovering from hepatitis C: Steps to empowerment through peer support

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There are more than 200,000 people in the UK living with hepatitis C, but only half of these are diagnosed and as few as...

The importance of harnessing service user activism

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Harnessing service user activism is the key to stopping drug and alcohol services sliding further down the list of ‘targeted outcomes’, says Martyn Cheesman The...

Stay ahead of CQC

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Pleased with your CQC inspection or bruised by the experience? David Finney gives you the key issues. The first phase of inspections of substance misuse...

Commissioning: What’s the Name of the Game?

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Has commissioning lost its way – or are there opportunities to be grasped? DDN reports. The commissioning structure needs an overhaul, according to the...

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...

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,...

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...

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.

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,...

Winning attitude

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Being recognised through a national award made Catherine Larkin and Danny Hames realise the value of Inclusion’s eager adoption of a naloxone strategy. Last November...

Let’s look ahead by investing in young people, says Mentor UK

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We need to look ahead – prevention work with young people is an investment in the future, says Mentor UK's chief executive Michael O'Toole. Many...

Commissioning for change

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An independent expert faculty has been set up to consider a vital new approach to commissioning. Mark Gilman, Paul Musgrave, Niamh Cullen, Terry Pearson...

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...