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Believe in better

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Having to close Build on Belief because of coronavirus was like losing a limb, but they’ll soon be back to doing what they do best.

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 frontline

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

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...

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....

CZAR GAZING – Finding the right balance

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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 fifth of...

Help at hand

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The new UKAN website at www.ukan.network lets you tap into expertise when you need it. Pardeep Grewal explains. Sometimes we want to ask a question,...

In mind and body

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

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...

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...

Championing recovery

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

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...

Review of the year 2019

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Cash strapped Christmas Battered by Brexit, the public went to the polls yet again. In the treatment sector, meanwhile, more long-established facilities are forced to...

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...

Bridging the gap

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Sarah Galvani has spent much of her career promoting awareness of substance issues among social workers. She talks to David Gilliver about bringing the...

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...

Through the gate

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Clinical Eye

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Let’s get moving Exercise could become a valuable part of the treatment plan, says Ishbel Straker. I have recently started to work with a personal trainer,...

Scratching the surface

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

A safe space

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The threat of COVID-19 has prompted Phoenix Futures to make their rehabs even more of a sanctuary

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...

Occupational support during recovery

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

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...

Naloxone advocacy

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

New directions

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

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...

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...

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.

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...

A clear focus

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

Is Scotland closer to a consensus on drug treatment?

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

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...

Spread the word

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It’s time for a new approach to drug policy, writes Jamie Bridge This year, a global advocacy campaign is being launched to raise awareness of...

Leaner and keener

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

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...

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...

DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017

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The DDN Residential Treatment Directory 2017        

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...

A crucial conversation

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Change Grow Live’s National Naloxone Conversation event was a vital opportunity to keep up the momentum for widening access.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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.

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...

The explosion that never happened

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At the end of the 1980s the threat of a crack epidemic in the UK loomed large as we scrambled to take heed of...

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...

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...

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...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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

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...

Stuck in the system

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New treatment for hepatitis C has opened up massive opportunity for all-round health gains that we are just not taking, hears DDN. We need to...

Treatment at Chandos House

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

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...

Never a dull moment

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With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

A name not a number: ‘Behind every drug-related death statistic is...

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Behind every drug-related death statistic is a life that could have been saved. It’s our duty to do more, says Dr Judith Yates. I first...

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...

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...

Prescription opioids in the US

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Too scared to prescribe Dr Chris Ford finds that in the US, new restrictions have had negative consequences for patients in pain I was recently discussing...

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.

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,...

REAL

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

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...

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...

Supporting vulnerable women

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

A prescription for pain

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Paul was prescribed OxyContin after an industrial injury. But that was just the start of his problems. My name is Paul. I’m 51 and live...

Picture This

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

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?’...

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...

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...

Off the record

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

Matters of Life and Death

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

Skills update

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

Safe Space

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Wales is gearing up to offer medically supervised injecting centres – an initiative that can’t happen soon enough, says Ifor Glyn  There is a growing...

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...

Get the Picture

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

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...

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...

Quick, quick, slow…

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

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...

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...

Adfam/ DDN conference ‘What about me?’

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

Spreading the evidence

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

Nothing to declare

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

Public health focus for drugs and alcohol?

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

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’.

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,...

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,...

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,...

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...

Painful inheritance – NACOA’s annual lecture 2016

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NACOA’s (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) annual lecture at the House of Commons set out an action plan to give the issue...

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

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

Promotional Feature: Recovery in the Community Conference

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Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up Headline Speaker Announcement: Paul Schmitz CEO, Leadership Inside Out   We will be opening this year’s RiTC6 by asking you to look...

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...

Enough Excuses

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Simply blaming an ageing cohort or pre-devolution economic policies for Scotland’s shameful levels of drug-related deaths won’t cut it anymore, say Barry Sheridan and...

Green zone

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Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas explains why she wants the government to acknowledge that ‘current policy is flawed.' ‘As an MP for...

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,...

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...

The last word

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 As the UKDPC wraps up its work, Roger Howard looks back on six years of helping drug policy become ‘fitter for purpose’ and considers...

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...

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...

Consensus politics

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

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.       

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

Recovery in action

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  Dear Albert’s Jon Roberts talks to DDN about film screenings, mutual aid facilitation, and their new, innovative recovery programme   DDN: Dear Albert – it’s a...

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...

Knowledge exchange

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Drug-related deaths: NHS Trusts from across England came together to mark a vital new initiative in tackling drug-related deaths, as Danny Hames reports. For a number...

Different wavelengths

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

Using life skills to aid recovery

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

Right to choose

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

Safeguarding conference 2015 – playing safe

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

Burden of grief

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

iCAAD: ‘Let’s push things forward!’

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The iCAAD team are creating a vibrant and dynamic knowledge exchange – and they want you to be involved. Read on to find out...

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...

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...

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...

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...

System Failure

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Huge numbers of people accessing drug or alcohol treatment have experienced childhood sexual abuse, yet most services remain ill equipped to offer them the...

Inner Strength

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

Home front

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

A sense of purpose

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

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...

Complex Care

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

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...

Home secrets

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

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...

‘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...

Making recovery visible

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

Facing the challenge

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

Semantic challenge

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

Substance misuse safeguarding

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On the safe side We mustn’t be afraid to engage with parents about sensitive safeguarding issues, says Kevin Crowley As a social care and health charity,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Liberty to change

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

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...

Media savvy

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

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...

Flying the flag

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Access all areas

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Phoenix Futures’ Scottish Residential Service is transforming life for clients with disabilities

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the...

It’s where you’re at…

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

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...

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...

Copenhagen cannabis

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

Recovery rocks!

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

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...

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...