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Letters to the editor – June issue

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Downward spiral I applaud Ms Durjava’s sensitive and respectful study of heroin users in prison (DDN, May, page 6). Government drug strategies invariably talk negatively...

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Letters to the editor – March issue

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DDN welcomes your letters. Please email the editor or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT. Letters...

Letters to the editor – Feb issue

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Quadruple bypass America’s opioid epidemic has been big news for a while now, but amongst all the headlines and documentaries and think pieces one issue...

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Responses to the new drug strategy

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A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some responses and we will add more as...

Letters and comment

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We welcome your letters and comment. Please send your feedback to articles – as well as your thoughts on any aspect of your work or personal...

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We love receiving your letters at DDN. Please send your thoughts and ideas relating to any aspect of your work or personal experience – as well as your...

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We'd love to hear your views – on topics raised in the magazine, or on any other subject related to your work in the...

Letters and Comment from DDN’s December issue

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DDN welcomes your Letters   Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG....

Letters and Comment from DDN’s November Issue

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DDN welcomes your letters. Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG. Letters...

Resonating issues

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The Resonance Factor is a new model that puts accountability – and empowerment – centre stage, says Kenneth Robinson There is nothing special about substance...

Peer-led progress

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Since founding Dear Albert four years ago, Jon Roberts has focused on developing recovery communities through peer-led interventions. He shares the latest exciting developments... It’s...

Moral Failure

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When will we start listening to the evidence, asks Prof David Nutt ‘What are the prospects for an evidence-based drugs policy?’ Prof David Nutt was asked...

The Third Way

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At a recent Volte Face/DDN event in London, Johann Hari interviewed Maia Szalavitz about her newly published thoughts on addiction. This is an extract from...

Reasons to be cheerful

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 Paul Hayes is determinedly upbeat in the aftermath of Brexit The country currently has no government, no prime minister, no opposition, no friends, and may...

Letters July/August 2016

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DDN welcomes your Letters   Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8SG....

What next for prison reform?

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The recent Prisons Bill promised the biggest shake-up of prisons since the Victorian era (DDN, June, page 5). At a VolteFace event in London,...

Letters and comment, June 2016

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Lethal label Difficult though the challenge of the emergence of new substances is proving, and whether or not you agree with the recent legislation, I...

Letters, May 2016

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Bull at a gate The ‘raging bull’ cover (March issue and Colin Miller-Hoare’s letter, April, page 12) was exactly what was needed to express the...

Media savvy

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The Psychoactive Substances Act should have become law today, but its implementation has been delayed while ministers work out what they have banned… The...

View from the coalface

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The work can be demanding and draining – so why do it? Keith Stevenson shares the highs and lows of working at the Mulberry Community Project I...

Recovery Capital

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New government funding of £10m has just been awarded to drug and alcohol services ‘committed towards improving recovery outcomes’ across England – capital funding that...

Voice on the stairwell

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The launch of Collective Voice saw the group emphasising their commitment to service users. ‘It’s Important that our Service Users inform our services,’ said Lord...

Get real

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Losing her daughter to an accidental overdose made Anne-Marie Cockburn determined to campaign for the realistic drugs education that could have saved Martha. She...

Media savvy

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The news, and the skews, in the national media...   There is no perfect template for reform. Different countries have had vastly different experiences. Culture, fashion,...

Media savvy

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Drug abuse and HIV continue to present profound challenges to the health of gay people, but a climate of moral panic and blaming the...

Cold caller

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A craving is the salesperson we can choose to ignore, says Chris Robin It’s a fact that a craving has to strike before a person...

First impressions

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The pressure to collect data from new clients should not replace essential rapport, says Shahroo Izadi Emerging Horizons’ facilitators often begin training by asking delegates...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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Letters and comments DDN welcomes your Letters Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent TN24...

Drug and alcohol in the news

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Media savvy The news and views from the national media If the Lib Dems have any function now, it’s on issues such as drug decriminalisation, child...

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 TN24...

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 TN24...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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Cheers… Thank you for organising the national service user involvement conference. It certainly was a day to remember and could not have come at a...

Comment from the drug and alcohol field

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The DDN letters and comments page, where you can have your say about the drug and alcohol sector. To be included in the next magazine,...

Female friendly services

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Women first Lisa Goodall and Caryn Smith tell DDN how the North Ayrshire Council Addiction Services (NACAS) changed parts of their service to support women It...

The news and views from the national media

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Media savvy Legalisation would no doubt suit places such as Vancouver, New York or Liverpool. But how would it work in wretched barrios around the cities...

Letters and comment from the drug and alcohol sector

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The DDN letters and comments page, where you can have your say about the drug and alcohol sector. To be included in the next magazine,...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers   Parliament’s response to this week’s report on the 1971 Misuse of Drugs...

Media savvy

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Who's been saying what? The state can only do so much. Most of us aren’t alcoholics. We just drink too much. With every drink, we make...

Letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com or post them to 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3NH. Letters may be edited for space...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers  The economic commoditisation of human pain is dangerously close to victim-blaming. Such...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 3 November — make sure you...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 3 November — make sure you...

The golden key

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Working with people who use drugs is a multidisciplinary landscape with key workers at its heart, says Dr Steve Brinksman For the past six months...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 8 September — make sure you...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers    When laws are widely flouted they cease to be laws and instead...

Media Savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers I’m wholly on the side of senior nurses who, at their annual...

letters 7 july

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 7 July — make sure you...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 7 July — make sure you...

Exporting the disease

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Lise Reckee brings a Scandinavian perspective to the debate about the 12-step model I am writing in support of Stanton Peele’s exceptional wisdom and freedom...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers Unless you have a young male family member who is repeatedly stopped...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The sad fact is that when any drug is found to be...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 2 June — make sure you...

Opening doors

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Drug treatment within custody needs an overhaul, says Alan Rushmore  Drug treatment in prison lacks consistency and is over-burdened and over-complicated by assessment. It need...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The ONS advises a certain degree of caution when it comes to...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 5 May — make sure you...

A little less conversation…

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Lana Durjava attended the CND meeting in Vienna and found it woefully short on action, as she tells DDN Statistically speaking, the majority of people...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The choice we have to make now is how we do things...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 7 April — make sure you...

Stick it to the man

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Whatever’s happened to true user activism, asks Daren Garratt. ‘I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. To be included in the next issue, please send letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com. Committed to naloxone Regarding Neil...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The idea that the existing policy on drugs in this country, and...

Media savvy January 2014

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The man who played the beloved sitcom character Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry,...

Letters January 2014

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 10 February — make sure you...

The ‘R’ word

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Alex Boyt tells DDN why he is having trouble climbing the steps of the recovery bus.  Maybe it is the circles I operate in, or...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers The victims of the war on drugs in Britain are predominantly the...

Your letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The December issue of DDN will be out on 2 December — make sure you send letters and comments...

Soapbox

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The big question Is drug prohibition helping or hindering recovery, asks Neil McKeganey Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, recently joined a growing chorus...

Your letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The November issue of DDN will be out on 4 November — make sure you send letters and comments...

Post-its from practice

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Amazing journey Joining the Birmingham recovery walk made Dr Steve Brinksman realise how far many of his patients had come. I went for a stroll the...

Media savvy

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Who's been saying what..? DDN's round-up of what’s being said in the national papers We more or less turn a blind eye to the users of...

Media Savvy

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Who’s been saying what…? As the world’s drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window box and Andean hillside...

Soapbox

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Get them young It’s time to overcome our paralysis on tackling young people’s drug use, says Kate Iorpenda of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.  Article 3 of...

Your letters

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On the bandwagon As a community-based provider of substance misuse services I was interested to read John Jolly’s views on procurements and tendering which will...

Legal Line

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Reader’s question: Last year I was badly beaten up, and the police never found the person who did it. I have been in and out...

Family Matters

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Voices of strength While the sun is still shining and we enjoy the rest of the summer at Adfam HQ, our thoughts have turned to...

Enterprise Corner

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Nola and Jackie are living proof that you can turn life’s adversities into business opportunities, says Amar Lodhia. Our vision statement guides our work: ‘Our...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The August issue of DDN will be out on 2 September — make sure you...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? DDN‘s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers. Have you been stopped and searched by the police recently? If you...

Downhill slide

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John Jolly of Blenheim CDP questions the procurement, tendering and commissioning processes in the UK. I’ve been sharing concerns for years with other CEOs and senior...

Homepage Letters and Comment Tab

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Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment What next for prison reform? At a VolteFace event in London, journalist Philippa Budgen...

Media Savvy

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Who's been saying what..? DDN's round-up of what's being said in the national papers Is there a link between life on welfare and the vile crimes...

Amar Lodhia

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Three-pronged approach Partnership working is showing promising results for London’s keen entrepreneurs, says Amar Lodhia. Over the last six months, the TSBC team and I, City of...

Family Matters

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No hiding place  Adfam’s conference highlighted the urgent need to understand the impact of alcohol on the whole family, says Joss Gaynor. Hosting our conference, Hidden...

Steve Brinksman

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Family matters Always look beyond the symptoms at the wider picture, says Dr Steve Brinksman. I have just returned from the RCGP/SMMGP annual substance misuse conference in...

Policy Scope

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Right terms Using appropriate language is an essential step in supporting women involved in prostitution, says Marcus Roberts. I was in the House of Lords on...

Letters and comment

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The August issue of DDN will be out on 5 August — make sure you send...

Nothing to declare

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In the fifth part of his personal story, Mark Dempster reaches crisis point as he realises his luck has finally run out I had gone...

Debate

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DDN’s occasional column offering a chance to hear opposing views on vital issues ‘Now is not the right time to decriminalise drugs’. PROPOSER: Dr Neil McKeganey,  founder, Centre for Drugs...

Enterprise Corner

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Three-pronged approach Partnership working is showing promising results for London’s keen entrepreneurs, says Amar Lodhia. Over the last six months, the TSBC team and I, City...

Post-its from practice

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Family matters Always look beyond the symptoms at the wider picture, says Dr Steve Brinksman. I have just returned from the RCGP/SMMGP annual substance misuse conference in...

Media Savvy

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Who's been saying what? It appears that those who have the biggest budgets shout the loudest, as the supporters of minimum pricing cannot be heard...

Your letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com or post them to the address on page 3. Letters may be edited for...

Soapbox

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      DDN’s monthly column offering a platform for a range of diverse views   Quality not quantity The drink debate has become stuck on quantity. Why can’t we...

Voices of recovery

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Taking over the asylum Are we ready to embrace truly service user led services, asks Alistair Sinclair. I was back on trains in April, which gave...

Family matters

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It’s a man thing How can we encourage men to access support groups, says Joss Smith Adfam was set up by the mother of a...

Policy scope

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What will happen when drug and alcohol services are at the mercy of local decision-makers, asks Marcus Roberts  Localism Matters. There has been plenty of discussion about...

Media savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? Some people will always need ‘welfare’. What is now commonly imagined, though, is that those who most need help should be...

Your letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com - letters may be edited for space or clarity – please limit submissions to...

Soapbox

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No smoke without fire E-cigarettes are coming to your service shortly. Should we be concerned, asks Professor Howard Parker It’s becoming clear that e-cigarettes are going...

Post-its from practice

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Pain, but no gain Proactively monitoring repeat prescriptions can save a patient from addiction to their medication, says Dr Steve Brinksman. A few weeks ago I...

Enterprise Corner

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Employment revolution Turning negatives into positives is the challenge ahead, says Amar Lodhia.  At strategic points in the year I find it important to reflect. At base...

Family Matters

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More for less Adfam’s new survey showed family services are struggling to stretch scant resources to answer a surge in demand, says Joss Smith. Raising...

View from THE FRONTLINE

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How well do frontline workers think the sector is responding to parental substance use? Oliver French shares Adfam’s findings. Since the publication of Hidden harm...

Letters and comment

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com or post them to the address on page 3. Letters may be edited...

DVD training – motivational interviewing step by step with Cathy Cole, Psychotherapist

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Reviewed by Elaine Rose This training package comprises four DVDs, each over two hours in length. The training covers, in helpful detail, the key aspects...

Follow us, like us, talk to us!

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DDN’s social media streams have been alive with chat about Be the change Twitter @AmarLodhia  Met some passionate people @DDNMagazine #bethechange. Everyone at the enterprise workshop will...

Voices of Recovery

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Being the change Alistair Sinclair’s workshop on asset-based recovery showed that there are many people who believe in the possibility of positive change Last November I...

Media Savvy

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Who’s been saying what..? It is offensive to see people criminalised and imprisoned for using stimulants many politicians admit to having used, especially when countless...

Family Matters

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Poor perceptions The links between poverty and addiction are complex and should not be over-simplified, says Joss Smith The public’s perception of child poverty has been...

Soapbox

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Road to ruin The puritanical recovery agenda is stigmatising, marginalising and endangering the health of people who use drugs or have a maintenance script, says Dr Eliot...

Policy Scope

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Off the agenda? Is recovery pushing harm reduction off the drug policy radar, asks Marcus Roberts I attended a roundtable meeting on HIV and injecting drug...

Family matters

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Family value Latest research shows the value of investing in family support, says Joss Smith  In an increasingly outcomes-focused world we are all being asked to...

Letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to the editor, claire@cjwellings.com or post them to the address on page 3. Letters may be edited for space...

Enterprise corner

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Opportunity knocks Successful entrepreneurs offer a valuable lesson in grabbing life’s chances, says Amar Lodhia Seema Sharma is an entrepreneur, dentist and Channel 4’s Slumdog...

Legal Line

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Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions Reader’s question: I have just received a letter from the council saying I’m ‘under occupied’ in my two-bed...

Post-its from practice

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Partnership for life We have to keep trying to help patients effect change, says Dr Steve Brinksman One of the privileges of being a GP is...

Your letters

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We welcome your letters… Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24 8SG. Letters...

Media Savvy

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Who's been saying what..? It is true that the cost in lives wrecked and lost through drugs is huge, not to mention the money spent...

Family Matters

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Troubled times  Identifying the families who most need support is proving a tricky task for local authorities, but they must keep the key issues firmly...

Enterprise Corner

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 New year, new dawn? Tackling burgeoning social problems requires true enterprise, says Amar Lodhia As the saying goes, you must spend the New Year festivities like...

Letters and comment

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24...

Soapbox

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Entry point   Harm reduction services are the door to recovery and must be protected, says Michelle Judge A nationwide network of needle exchanges has been a...

Voices of recovery

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People Power The last year has seen dramatic change in bringing small and disparate recovery communities together in Lancashire, say Alistair Sinclair and James Attwood  community-led...

Post-its from Practice

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Beyond a script  Actively bringing patients closer to services could mean a paradigm shift for hepatitis C treatment, says Dr Steve Brinksman Good quality shared care...

Policy Scope

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How will the core vision of recovery fare as the transition to localism begins in earnest, asks Marcus Roberts Turning tide?  Has the high tide of...

Legal LINE

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Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions in her regular column Do I really have to move home? Reader’s question: I made a homeless application to my...

Family matters

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Recovery is…  The Families First conference gave Adfam the opportunity to ask family members what recovery means to them, says Joss Smith  We were so pleased...

Enterprise corner

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Blinkers off! Great talent can come from anywhere. If only the government would see it, says Amar Lodhia Last month I wrote about the government’s ‘out...

Legal Line

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Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions in her regular column   Reader’s question: I am a landlord of a flat that I own and rent out,...

Family Matters- Stigma sticks

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Listening to families can help them overcome stigma, says Joss Smith   Families are often hidden from policy discussions around drugs and alcohol and stigma is...

Post-its from Practice- Time to change

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We must stop talking numbers and develop a real interest in positive health outcomes, says Dr Steve Brinksman During October each year we have the annual...

Voices of recovery- Finding identity

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Only when we start valuing each individual where they are now, rather than where we would like them to be, will we take the...

Get with the programme

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Evidence-based prevention and education initiatives are vital to the future of our young people, says Yasmin Batliwala The NTA’s latest statistics on young people show...

Your Letters

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We welcome your letters… Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24...

A sense of purpose

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Helping people to regain their stake in society can help to transform lives, says Amar Lodhia. We’ve been trying to get our heads around government...

Your letters

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We welcome your letters... Please email them to claire@cjwellings.com or post them to The Editor, DDN Magazine, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford TN24...

Policy Scope

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Change the record The popular mantra of drug policy failure is drowning out our successes, says Marcus Roberts The idea that drug policy is ‘failing’ appears...

Enterprise corner

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Silent voices Recovery must reach every member of the family, says Amar Lodhia For a long time at TSBC we have advocated that the key to...

Family matters

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A Good Start… The government has acknowledged that child to parent violence exists – now the real work begins, says Joss Smith This week the government...

Post-its from Practice

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The three Rs It’s all about the right treatment, at the right place, and the right time, says Dr Steve Brinksman There are many things I...

Voices of recovery

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Vital core Harnessing the passions, strengths and skills of individuals shows the power of community-led recovery, says Alistair Sinclair September saw a lot of recovery activity....

Should an old conviction count against my criminal injuries application?

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Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions in her regular Legal Line column Reader’s question:Last year I was violently attacked on my way home...

City challenge

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We must learn to balance risk and freedom, says John Ashton in this month's Soapbox Most of us enjoy a love-hate relationship with our cities. We expect them...

One step beyond

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 It’s time to move clear of the abstinence v prescribing debate and agree on a holistic, pragmatic approach, says Oscar D’Agnone. How best to treat...