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Strength in numbers

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Could the problem of recruiting and retaining good nurses be solved by better networking opportunities? Ishbel Straker makes the case. In the last couple of...

Clinical Eye: Personal development is an investment

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Time spent on your own development is necessary investment, says Ishbel Straker. It’s that time of year again, when we are appraised and more importantly...

Facing the inevitable

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The death of a client can hit you like a ton of bricks – unless you are prepared, says Ishbel Straker. 2017 brought me many...

Nursing column: ‘And breathe…’

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Take time for the all-important moments of therapeutic engagement, says Ishbel Straker. I was discussing with a close friend the other day her newly acquired...

Be the best!

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Take one simple step to make sure your CQC inspection is as good as it can be, says Nicole Ridgwell. It is very encouraging to...

Clinical eye: Learning curve

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Discovering that we can’t impose our own timetable on clients is a vital lesson, says our nursing columnist Ishbel Straker. The feelings I have about...

A need to inspire

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We neglect our student nurses at our peril, says Ishbel Straker. I have a dream…. that one day all student nurses will be made to...

Who cares?

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Drug-related deaths: Like so many others, Darren’s death was preventable, says Dr Chris Ford. I still cry when I think of Darren months after his death. He...

Clinical Eye – our new nursing column

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A mutual respect Ishbel Straker joins us as a regular columnist to give insights on nursing in addiction. This month she asks, why is...

Resources Corner: Focus on family

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The 5-Step Method offers services a valuable tool for working with relatives, says George Allan. Few would disagree that adult family members of people with...

Legal eye: ‘How can we show CQC that we provide exit pathways?’

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Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions. 'We have received criticism for not providing clear patient pathways on exit from our residential treatment service....

Trauma of war

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In Germany, refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan already traumatised by war and upheaval are seeking treatment for substance dependence. What are the...

Resources Corner: The essential skills

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From the many books on addiction, George Allan selects a guide that makes a worthy handbook for both students and experienced workers. From confessional memoirs...

Healing the hurt: Tackling painkiller addiction

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Taking painkillers can mask issues that are nothing to do with physical pain, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Like many modern GP group practices, ours has...

Legal: Can I challenge results of CQC?

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Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions. Can I challenge the results of our CQC inspection? And if so, how? Nicole answers: As previously reported in...

A chance to breathe: the case for e-cigarettes

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E-cigarettes could be the biggest public health intervention of our lifetime, says Dr Chris Ford. Slightly ambivalent about the conference theme, I went to speak...

The human touch

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Looking for insight into addiction treatment, George Allan finds evidence and empathy in the work of Bill Miller In the 1970s, a number of psychologists...

The end, my friend

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Dr Steve Brinksman calls for kindness and compassion in palliative care. Most of us don’t like to think about dying and we are probably even...

Put on the spot

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Launching his new monthly Behind the stats column for DDN, Russell Webster looks at the inventive business of getting drugs into prison I always remember...

Commissioner opinion

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New world, old data Commissioning is based on information. Nearly every diagram that tries to explain the commissioning cycle starts with the word ‘understand’. But as...

Recovering hope

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Recovery should be about empowerment and instilling optimism – not about treatment effectiveness and ‘number of years abstinent’, says Alistair Sinclair  It was UK Recovery...

Mind the gap

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Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia Last month I was invited to take part in a ‘MOPAC...

Right for the people

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When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts. In the last couple of days...

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...