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DDN June 2020

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‘We need to be proactive and responsive’ INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENTS and impressive collaboration have characterised our sector’s response to the crisis (page 8). But what we...

DDN May 2020

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‘We’re learning about new versions of outreach’ WE’VE HAD TO CHANGE OUR PLAN for this issue several times this month as your news and survival...

DDN April 2020

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‘Listen to the messages from the frontline’ WHAT’S NORMAL RIGHT NOW? The last few weeks have been a white-knuckle ride for all of us, and...

DDN March 2020

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‘The savings offered by HAT give an obvious direction’ MANY YEARS AGO the UK treated heroin addiction as a medical issue, with diamorphine scripts dispensed...

DDN February 2020

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‘Why can’t we reverse this shameful trend of DRDs? EACH YEAR the cross-party parliamentary group meets to review the ONS data on drug-related deaths, and...

DDN Magazine December 2019

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‘Connecting can revise our response to a world gone mad’ THIS MONTH’S ISSUE went to press on polling day, and we brace ourselves for the...

DDN Magazine November 2019

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‘We loved becoming the new forum for debate’ FIFTEEN YEARS AGO we published our first issue of DDN. I interviewed the drugs minister Caroline Flint, who...

DDN Magazine October 2019

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More than my past For a long time now we’ve been involved in initiatives to help remove barriers for those seeking to get back into...

DDN Magazine September 2019

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Harm reduction is not the preserve of one community September is a glorious opportunity to celebrate recovery month and we’re delighted to hear about the...

DDN Magazine July/August 2019

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Facing the facts It's time to challenge stigmatising language on social media Back in 2010, the UK Drug Policy Commission analysed newspaper coverage and produced a...

DDN Magazine June 2019

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Greeks bearing gifts DDN Magazine June 2019 Twenty years ago substance misuse treatment was a government priority, with a 400 per cent increase in investment (page...

DDN May 2019

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‘There is no one-size-fits all in addiction treatment... every person needs to find what gives their life a direction, fulfilment and purpose, and the...

DDN April issue

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DDN April 2019 ‘Recovery is not just an issue of personal motivation, but is also about acceptance.’ Our cover story (page 6) examines the thought...

DDN March 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...

DDN February 2019

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‘We need to challenge the narrative on homelessness’ The rising rate of homelessness in this country is a scandal that shames our society. Furthermore, we...

December 2018

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‘How difficult, when stigma adds to the pain’ It’s harder than usual at this time of year for any of us who have lost loved...

‘Never forget kindness in a results-driven age’

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Never under-estimate the power of kindness and a safe space. The SWOP project featured in our cover story showcases the best kind of outreach...

‘We’re in danger of undervaluing vital healthcare’

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Personal stories are the essence of DDN. They speak volumes about good (and bad) practice and they also serve to inspire; and that’s vitally...

DDN September 2018

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‘The call for support on gambling has to be heard’ You’re in the casino chasing the big win. Everything you ever wanted could be yours....

DDN July/August 2018

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‘Partnerships have brought a culture change’ Tackling stigma is always a challenge, so we were interested to hear of Double Impact’s strategy to connect with...

DDN June 2018

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‘There was no suggestion of being silenced’ We could be about to see a big upsurge in crack use – but are we ready for...

DDN May 2018

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‘It’s a mismatch between prison and complex needs’ We need a new dialogue and thinking, says police and crime commissioner David Jamieson, talking about his recommendations...

DDN April 2018

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‘With yet more evidence, can we justify standing still?’ How far do you have to go to show that something’s a good idea, it’s cost...

DDN March 2018

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'Where there's a will, things can happen' How do we get connected? With healthcare, with peers, colleagues, commissioners, policymakers, politicians? It’s a question that goes...

DDN February 2018

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  'Service users must stay at the heart of commissioning' Disinvestment and the fragmentation of services continue to dominate dialogue and debate. Yet according to Collective...

DDN December 2017

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'Disinvestment in harm reduction is deeply damaging' As 2017 draws to a close we look back at a year of diminishing budgets and record drug-related deaths....

DDN November 2017

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‘It’s unsurprising that staff are feeling demotivated’ A commissioner said to me this week, ‘We need to know what the evidence is, see good practice,...

DDN October 2017

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‘Learn what you can. Try to get vulnerable.’ We talk so readily about the science of addiction – dopamine receptors, the way our brains are...

DDN September 2017

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‘As we celebrate recovery, let’s credit harm reduction’ As we enter ‘recovery month’ there’s no better time to reinforce harm reduction – the route...

July/August 2017

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How long have we needed to hear that drug and alcohol problems are not the 'add-on'? Problematic substance use rarely travels alone. The body of...

DDN June 2017

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‘Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment’ By the end of this week the next government will have been chosen – and who knows,...

DDN May 2017

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‘Who can offer the political leadership the sector needs?' Hogwash and purdah – it’s election season again and where is the long-awaited drug strategy? The...

DDN April 2017

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‘We need to understand the risks of Xanax and the culture behind it’ It’s never easy to weigh up the level of drug risk based...

DDN March 2017

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‘One of the strongest messages was a simple one: isolation kills’  We had to make drug-related deaths the focus of this year’s conference. The room...

DDN February 2017

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Welcome to our latest issue! ‘The situation requires a real shake-up in the way we engage’ ‘We begin to categorise and stigmatise without even realising it,’ said...

DDN December 2016

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Welcome to our latest issue... This year has held more political turbulence than most of us can stomach. Alongside that, the ongoing onslaught on budgets...

DDN November 2016

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Welcome to our latest issue... There is an absolute moral imperative on all of us to tackle the ‘outrageous discrimination’ against people with mental health...

October 2016

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It’s easy to take notice of those who shout the loudest, but where would we be without the everyday heroes who just get on...

September 2016

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Research shows that Korsakoff’s syndrome can occur in many dependent drinkers, yet the condition is rarely acknowledged and understood. Glenn Barnett explains the syndrome,...

July and August 2016

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‘Experiencing significant trauma in childhood considerably increases the risk of misusing drugs/and or alcohol. 'Research tells us that our early life experience programmes the brain...

June 2016

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We’re all too familiar with the revolving door to prison. Now it seems that prison culture is to be reformed from the top, with...

May 2016

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There was plenty of expectation around UNGASS – result of a 20- year wait for a global drug policy summit meeting – with a...

April 2016 DDN

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Thirty years after his graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene, Michael Linnell’s work still has the capacity to shock. Is it the...

March DDN 2016

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Our speakers at Get the Picture, our ninth service user involvement conference, underlined how engagement was everything. You can read all about the event...

February 2016

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In this month's issue of DDN... New report – new action? Over-50s are the focus of a new report on harmful drinking, with a new report...

December 2015

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In this month's issue of DDN... What's in store? Continuing to deliver what has worked and overcoming the deficits will become increasingly challenging over the next...

November DDN 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘Talk of “harm reduction” is increasingly taboo – and completely absent from government communications.’ In the latest issue of DDN,...

DDN October 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… 'Why use a less desirable product when a preferable one is usually available?’ In the October DDN, Adam Winstock explores the...

DDN September 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘How is it that a drug with the potential to halve a patient’s risk of dying ends up killing...

DDN July/August 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… In this month's DDN, nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the risk of ‘pure, white and deadly’ sugar to people...

DDN June 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… 'It is worth spelling out that harm reduction reduces harm.' In this month's issue: Tracy Walker talks about reducing drug-related...

May 2015

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘Take drug and alcohol treatment seriously.’ In this month's issue: DDN canvasses opinion from the drug and alcohol sector on what...

April 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘When someone is in need of help, there must be a full range of interventions available to them. It...

March 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘I’m not the only person in this room who’s been through challenges.’ Powerful presentations, inspiring personal stories and determined user...

February 2015 DDN

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In this month’s issue of DDN… Welcome to the ‘new look’ DDN! In this month’s issue, we look at why technology may offer more people the...

December 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… 'Alcohol misuse has been an inescapable way of life for many who have served in the armed forces… The...

November 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘Patterns of use are changing’, ‘lack of funding will have a massive impact’, 'we’ve got conflicting priorities’, ‘society doesn’t...

October 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘The stories we’ve heard along the way have sometimes been heartbreaking while others have made us laugh out loud....

September 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘The NHS is committed to treating people with other forms of addiction, but not gambling, and so the onus...

August 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘The idea is that you have a pathway from the street into supported housing and then into independent housing... What you can’t do...

July 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘While we have been encouraged to focus on the “canaries in the mine”, those who are thefirst visible casualties of a sick society,...

June 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘We’re saying that different life experiences develop their own specific qualities in an individual, and I think employers, more...

May 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘I thought I was resilient... having travelled extensively over the last 12 years in some of the poorest parts...

April 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN… ‘The 12 steps’ powerlessness model distorts our understanding of why people become addicted, downplays the great potential for...

March 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘There’s no one story when it comes to addiction – everyone has their own...’ March’s DDN  is the Make It Happen!...

February 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘Much has changed since the early sixties when... local volunteers were encouraged to provide overnight accommodation in their own homes for those young clients who...

January 2014

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘What we have done is outsourced the responsibility to criminals, dealers, gangsters and drug-obsessed internet psychonauts for our drug policy...’ This...

December 2013

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘We might be fed up of banging on about the same old thing – but many families haven’t heard it...

November issue 2013

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘The key harm reduction messages for active ketamine users revolve around dose management and hydration. Understanding how to dose, avoiding...

October issue 2013

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘A man who’s had a drug problem can often pass it off as a bit of a wild past and...

September issue 2013

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  In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘What we try to do is listen and support as opposed to tell and regulate, in the belief that recovery...

August issue 2013

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In this month’s issue of DDN…  ‘It is a project that is consistent with the practice and principles of harm reduction, and its street-based focus...

July issue 2013

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In this month's issue of DDN...  ‘It’s very strange to sit in a harm reduction conference and realise that the last needle exchange programme in...

3rd December issue

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Doing a review of the year makes the months flash past very quickly. But it also reminds you of how much headbanging goes on. (Not the...

19th November issue

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‘Before all I had was an existence, but now I have a life that’s worth living,’ says Matt, who was six months into recovery when he...

5th November issue

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It’s strange being on the other side of the media. This week I took part in Radio Five Live’s breakfast show, alongside Richard Phillips from Phoenix...

22nd October issue

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Interviews pulling apart drug strategy are two a penny at the moment – inevitable as the consultation closes for the new strategy. But the interview on...

24th September issue

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This morning one of our readers phoned up and discussed his experience of treatment. As he talked, he became increasingly frustrated when he considered the limited options...

10th September issue

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Nobody pretends that tackling gang culture is easy. Each new gang-related attack is reported as a sign that Britain’s young people are turning ghoulish overnight. Politicians flounder...

30th July issue

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 ‘We have moved on from a polarised debate and single approaches to a balanced strategy focused on outcomes, based on evidence and delivered through partnership’, says home...

16th July issue

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The heavy burden on carers hits home in our cover story, but the terrible edge to this grandmother’s story is that through all the hardship and...

2nd July issue

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Release’s 40th anniversary conference last week gave a fascinating – and deeply disturbing – look back to the beginning of the ‘war on drugs’. The artist Caroline...

18th June issue

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It’s going to be difficult to get through to the drinker who doesn’t feel they’ve got a problem. The reasons why it’s bad to drink too...

4th June issue

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It’s easy to think that the diamorphine crisis has gone away. Stocks have been building with the introduction of new suppliers, and there is optimism that supervised...

21st May issue

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 Whatever you feel about existing data collection systems – and we know that many of you feel very strongly that they have taken over your job...

7th May issue

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The newly formed Drugs and Health Alliance are not the only ones to be calling for a complete rethink on drug strategy. This week they called...

23rd April issue

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This week the new UK Drug Policy Commission launched – an event covered widely in the media. As newspapers used the opportunity to explore different aspects of...

26th March issue

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There’s been an unwelcome chasm reopening between abstinence and maintenance in the last two years, Daren Garratt told the National Drug Treatment Conference last week – a...

12th March issue

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There’s a lot to read in the RSA Drugs Commission’s new report – probably what you would expect from a two-year study involving representatives whose different jobs...

26th February issue

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With an estimated 400,000 people with hepatitis C in the UK, it might seem the most logical move to introduce compulsory testing for anyone entering treatment services....

12th February issue

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The most persistent strand running through our readers’ survey responses was alcohol, alcohol services, lack of money for alcohol. Putting all the pieces together, you get a...

29th January issue

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‘As a GP in Reading 20 years ago, I only came across one or two sex workers,’ Dr Stephen Pick told me. The picture now is...

15th January issue

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Welcome to our first issue of 2007! I hope you’ve found it easier to get back into routine than we have... After all that Christmas excess...

December 2008

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Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our Facebook page.  Read the magazine: PDF Version

17th November 2008 Issue

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In this month's issue: DDN reports on health, criminal justice and industry sectors debate alcohol, while Service Users take feedback one step further. Click on the...

3rd November issue

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In this month's issue: Transitional services bring young people back into treatment.   Click on the links below to read more, and don’t forget to join...

20th October issue

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Harnessing energy Why old tricks often work best in the internet age There’s a different energy at local events compared to national ones. Maybe it’s because...

6th October issue

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Wars of words How can you fight a war with nonsense? There’s some tough talk on the ‘drug war’ in this issue, and we make no...

22nd September issue

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Talking Frankly Shock, horror... humans behind the Home Office helpline! Before talking to John, who works as an advisor on the FRANK helpline, I associated the...

8th September issue

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Drink up, stay real Can public health really come from the other side of the bar? Effects of harmful drinking are all too plain in this...

28th July issue

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Disingenuous? Moi? DDN is what it is... a receptacle for other people’s ideas A question about editorial control was put to me this week: should DDN...

14th July issue

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Harness the energy User groups are rightly passionate about what they do By the time I got in touch with Dave Stork to interview him about...

30th June issue

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Come on, out with it! Why open debate can only be healthy for this field Reading about Jane’s experience as she walked into a family support...

16th June issue

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Redefining recovery Can the drug and alcohol field agree on a definition? We’ve got an interesting question for you this issue: can you redefine what recovery...

2nd June issue

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Taking a global snapshot Why harm reduction must focus on the public health challenge. BECOMING IMMERSED in an international harm reduction conference is quite an intense...

19th May issue

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If you are born into an addicted family and spend your childhood in and out of dealers’ houses, how likely are you to escape a life...

5th May issue

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Talking to Tony in the warmth of the Brighton Conference Centre I asked him how he coped with homelessness, during his eight years on the streets. ‘I...

21st April issue

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Are residential treatment centres up to scratch? In explaining the new star rating system, David Finney mentions that the drug and alcohol sector performs better than most...

7th April issue

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10th March issue

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The new ten-year drug strategy’s out – and yes, it’s a serious business. There’s some essential paperwork to prove it: not just the detailed strategy itself,...

25th February issue

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Reactions to our first DDN/Alliance service user conference have been illuminating, interesting and inspiring for the next attempt. Most of the responses to our office and to...

11th February issue

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Back to London, and a flurry of activity to get this issue together after our DDN/Alliance service users’ conference in Birmingham. The response to the event has...

28th January issue

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Wolverhampton’s Service User Involvement Team are doing so much, it was difficult to cram it all into one article (cover story). Behind the tangible successes of the...

14th January issue

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 Leaping into recovery seems a fine way to start off this Leap Year – it’s good to be back! I hope you’rehaving a good 2008...

DDN June issue 2013

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For better, for worse? Will localism be good for our health? At last year’s RCGP conference we heard early warning shots on how localism could affect...

DDN May 2013

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 The right support  From training to campaigning. How often do we worry about trying to keep up with every new danger drug to hit the headlines?...

12th January issue

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See you in Brum! (If we can tear ourselves away from the new website) A happy new year to you, and this month brings us to...

26th January issue

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On the lookout Can we always see the obvious routes to improvement? A story in the papers this week reported that surgeons would be required to...

9th February issue

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Voicing choices Our second service user gathering was even livelier! If you came to Birmingham for our Voices for Choices conference last week, thank you for...

23rd February issue

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New ideas for old Try something new... but remember what already works. Hunting through the woods blindfolded while pretending to be a wolf sounded pretty daft...

9th March issue

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Culture of ideas Inspiration or madness? Variety is the spice of life! Looking at our letters page this issue reminds me why I enjoy working on...

23rd March issue

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Voicing choices One day in Birmingham – and we were all ears. There’s a lot in this issue and it’s been hard work to put together...

6th April issue

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Back to our roots Why sustaining growth is a personal business. With all this talk of recession threatening to get us down, it’s time to focus...

4th May issue

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Life and death Harm reduction at international level goes beyond choice One slightly built young woman trembled on the platform at the International Harm Reduction Conference. She...

18th May issue

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When credit’s due Small steps could help cash in on long-term results ‘Because of small and avoidable money problems, people’s treatment either stalled or stopped.’ This statement...

1st June issue

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What’s up doc? Being an ‘agent of change’ is not the easiest job. The SMMGP conference – the event for Substance Misuse Management in General Practice...

15th June issue

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Keep listening Why the minister must stay in touch with his troops. If the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved were a guarantee of success, then...

29th June issue

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One way, or another Let’s make sure we spend on treatment that works. Of course it makes sense to spend money on what works, and this...

13th July issue

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Goal of recovery Kicking the habit with sheer enthusiasm. What does ‘recovery’ mean to you? Come on, you must have an opinion – it’s been the...

27th July issue

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Time for change Could a criminal justice overhaul be on the cards? Criminal justice issues affect all of us in one way or another – which...

7th September issue

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A bar too far? Employers could think twice about hiring ex-users Welcome to our first issue after the summer break – it’s good to be back!...

21st September issue

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Trial by public The importance of not playing to the gallery At this year’s DDN/Alliance service user involvement conference back in January, one of our speakers reported...

5th October issue

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Beyond the squeeze Don’t let recession kill the drive to innovate. Innovating in times of uncertainty can be a pretty tall order, particularly if management is...

19th October issue

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Unhealed wounds When to call for more than a sticking plaster. The statistics relating to frequency of sexual abuse are horrifying in their own right. But...

November 2009

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Closing the gaps Services must link to provide a stronger net. ‘We asked for help and ended up blamed.’ Sue Foreman’s story gives harrowing insight into...

16th November issue

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Off the scale The Prof Nutt row is obscuring the real issues. The row over sacking Professor David Nutt has become intensely personal, to the point...

30th November issue

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Recovering hope How a caring regime can offer real freedom. The recent debates on recovery have subjected this simple word to a maelstrom of different organisations’ agendas....

Magazine Archive 2009

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DDN April 2013

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Toxic trap Giving women support over punishment. ‘A vicious cycle of victimisation and criminal activity develops, creating a toxic lifestyle that is extremely difficult to escape.’...

March Issue

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Being the change Service user involvement is thriving. How do you sum up an event like Be the change? With snow falling in the days leading...

February issue

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Life games New addictions, age-old needs This month’s cover story reflects an issue that’s hitting the headlines – the increase in addiction to gaming, which extends...

Archive 2013

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January issue

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Show of solidarity Challenge the negatives, feed off the positives We love featuring stories of achievement, but some really make us sit up and take notice....

December issue

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   What about me? The Families First conference was our big chance to listen and learn from families (page 8), but it also gave an opportunity...

November issue

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   A Rising Tide ‘We are struggling to meet the levels of demand… we feel “rushed off our feet”… we realise we’re only scratching the surface...

October issue

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Frontline support – uniting to find the hidden harm Many services commissioned by local authorities failed to ask if the individual accessing them had served...

September issue

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A grand day out How did Glasgow's drug and alcohol services join together to strengthen their pull on the community? Read our cover story and...

August issue

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Life-saving stuff Nearly 3,500 naloxone take-home kits have been issued in Scotland over the past year, giving the chance of emergency treatment for overdose that...

July issue

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Two-way street – realising the true value of enterprise There's a risk of compromising quality when you're doing rehabilitation in a recession, says Robbie Davison....

June issue

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In it together  – stigma is a challenge we must tackle head on We must have all experienced stigma at one time or another, but...

May issue

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Road to ruin? Challenging the governments recovery road map The government’s ‘roadmap’ for a recovery-based treatment system has rung alarm bells with many respected...

April issue

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Family Ties – services can gain much from sticking together With everyone feeling so cash strapped at the moment, it’s good to hear about genuinely...

March issue

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In it together! Together We Stand was a sign of good health Together We Stand (or 'together we run around' if you were on the...

February issue

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Two-way street  – service user involvement gives a chance to engage When a Bournemouth theatre looked at putting on an educational play about addiction, the...

January issue

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Treatment first – why prison should always be the last resort The difficulties of accessing appropriate treatment are acknowledged in NOMS’ recent review of Drug Rehabilitation...

December issue

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Season’s greetings! Thank you for your loyalty over the past year  DO YOU REMEMBER which month saw the publication of the Health and Social Care Bill?...

November issue

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Teen spirit When using inspiration makes all the difference ON THIS MONTH’S LETTERS PAGES, Denis Joe worries that we’ve lost focus on responding to young people and...

October issue

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 A new era? Recovery talk draws strength from diversity A FEW MONTHS AGO THERE WAS MUCH TALK about whether ‘recovery’ belongs to one group more than another....

September issue

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Off the wall? Fighting social networking is a losing game  TRYING TO LIMIT THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY'S SPREAD across social media networks is an ambitious aim (news, page...

August issue

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What price life? Why naloxone should be everyone’s business THE NALOXONE DEBATE seems to be taking a long time to come to a conclusion but the...

July issue

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Editorial Coming soon...             Read Magazine: PDF Version     

June issue

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Beyond definition  Recovery can mean whatever it needs to  With recovery sounding more mainstream every minute, GPs began their two-day conference in Harrogate eager to know what...

May issue

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 Food for thought  Worldwide inspiration on harm reduction  WE ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED ABOUT TREATMENT IDEOLOGYin this country when, more than ever, so much depends on it. In...

April issue

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 Spare some change  Recovery pilot offers an all-inclusive approach  Recovery is here there and everywhere, but our cover story describes how Sefton had the chance to...

March issue 2011

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 Seizing the day  Action from our fourth service user conference   We came back from Seize the Day!on a high. Many more questions had been asked than...

February issue

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In with the new  More news and views in our new monthly format I CHALLENGE YOU to look at this issue and not say ‘I never...

January issue

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Fresh inspiration  On the upside of change  Welcome to our first issue of the new year. We have policy updates for you – the NTAexplains proposals...

July issue

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 Inside learning Time for a critical look at our prisons  AT FIRST GLANCE you might wonder why we’ve devoted most of this issue to reports about...

21st June issue

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 Inspiration fix Don’t curb your enthusiasm!  THE ENTHUSIASM AT THE WELSH SERVICE USERS' CONFERENCE(page 12) was infectious and refreshing, particularly in this climate of real and impending...

7th June issue

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 Cloaking device Why prejudice is obscuring basic support THERE HAVE BEEN 14 MURDERS OF SEX WORKERS since the Ipswich cases four years ago. The cost of initiatives to...

May issue

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Learning curve Lessons from global harm reduction  AFTER A TURBULENT FEW WEEKS the election is finally over, with a hung parliament a certainty as we go to...

April issue

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 No patient game Tough talking on crime as the election draws near Election campaign sparring has brought tough talk on crime from the party leaders, ahead...

29th March issue

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Family fortunes Let’s not play roulette Despite family support being a central part of the current drug strategy, it has for years been poorly funded and sporadic....

15th March 2010

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Let’s stand back and share the view President Obama’s drug strategy team has a monumental task on its hands if it is going to change...

1st March issue

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 We were right there! Respect and inclusivity were order of the day Welcome to our special issue, celebrating our recent DDN/Alliance service user involvement conference. Right here,...

15th February issue

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 Too hot to handle? Why we have to take on the headline writers The issue of stigma is so familiar to the drug and alcohol field...

1st February issue

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 Lives first – always Public health’s no follower of fashion The language of recovery can be exciting. It enthuses, it galvanises, it stirs people into action....

January issue

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 Staying grounded Can legislation be meaningful to tackle highs? The dangers of ‘legal highs’ have been hitting the headlines over the past few months, and the...

4 December Issue 2006

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In this issue: Have you voted in our website poll yet? Online voting has opened up a whole new world of instant feedback for us. This issue's...

20 November Issue 2006

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In this issue: Dr Fitzgerald highlights the opportunities of schools and outside agencies working more closely together to give pupils (and families) different levels of support. Click on...

6 November Issue 2006

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In this issue: Two years ago we started Drink and Drugs News to provide information to the drug and alcohol field. We’d like to take this opportunity...

9 October Issue 2006

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In this issue: Once again this country’s prisons have been declared at bursting point this week, to the point where we’re looking at shipping prisoners abroad or...

11 September Issue 2006

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In this issue: We’re back from our August break, and it’s good to be hearing from you again! As the heatwave becomes a dim memory the conference...

17 July Issue 2006

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  In this issue: Nottingham- it's not what you say, it's the way you say it. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t...

3 July Issue 2006

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  In this issue: how does it stack up? DDN interview Paul Hayes from the National Treatment Agency. Click on the link below to read more,...

19 June Issue 2006

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In this issue: can we make sense of a system that criminalises illness? Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to...

5 June Issue 2006

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In this issue: Residential rehab in urgent need of clarity and action. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join...

22 May Issue 2006

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In this issue: aftercare provision in the real world. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by...

8 May Issue 2006

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In this issue: tackling the postcode lottery in Primary Care? Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion...

24 April Issue 2006

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In this issue: tough questions for tough choices. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and...

10 April Issue 2006

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  In this issue: rebuilding service delivery from the ground up. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion...

27 March Issue 2006

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In this issue: Special edition! Life beyond prison- support and services inside and out.   Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget...

13 March Issue 2006

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In this issue: alternative therapies and empowerment in recovery. Click on the link below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by...

DDN 27 February Issue 2006

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  At a prison conference in Leicester this month, colleagues from all areas of the prison and probation services, and those who work with them, declared their need...

DDN 30 January Issue 2006

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  There’s a great deal you can’t do without money – but there’s a lot to be said for a ‘can do’ attitude. Kevan Martin (page 12)...

DDN 16 January Issue 2006

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  Welcome to our first issue of the year. I hope you’ve managed to get back into routine without too much of a struggle. With every newspaper and...

DDN 25 July 2005

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We’ve got a packed DDN for you – because there’s so much to say before we take a break for four weeks in August. The...

DDN 11 July 2005

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‘User involvement is meaningless if it’s just at a low level’ – one of Anna Millington’s comments to the NTA conference to launch the...

DDN 27 June 2005

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Sometimes the march of drug supplying and dealing seems unstoppable. Type any drug name into your Google browser and you will see thousands of...

DDN 13 June2005

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Working with clients to break up a lifetime’s relationship with substances can never be easy – but it’s hard to imagine many more difficult...