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DDN magazine is a free publication self-funded through advertising.

We are proud to work in partnership with many of the leading charities and treatment providers in the sector.

Below are links to their sites and latest news and blog posts.

One year on – a moment for reflection and gratitude

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One year on from the first lockdown we are all reflecting back on the year we have just been through.

Change Grow Live introduce their National Lived Experience Group

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Change Grow Live announce that from 2021 the National Service User Committee will now be called the National Lived Experience Group (NLEG).

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces

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The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces to expand much-needed addiction recovery services in the UK

Supporting people rough sleeping during the pandemic

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Iain Barnes, Recovery Worker (Outreach), With You in Bournemouth - how his experience over the last 12 months has highlighted how with concerted action homelessness isn’t inevitable.

One year on since we became With You

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We changed our name and brand to With You on 26 February 2020. Life in the UK was about to change with a virus we’d hardly heard of.

Supporting isolated service users in East Kent to get tested for...

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Recovery workers in East Kent are now able to request postal Covid-19 tests on behalf of service users

Building resilience in tough times – Turning Point launch new ...

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Turning Point are piloting a new service in Nottinghamshire - Turning Point Connect.

Booker prize winner Shuggie Bain sheds light on a growing issue...

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More young people are affected by their parent’s drug and alcohol use. We need to support these families through this difficult time.

An interview with Mo

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The Social Interest Group interview Mo, a service user who is shortly about to leave their Farley Road Service.

Turning Point – New Year’s Resolutions

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As 80% of New Years Resolutions fail -Why New Year's resolutions aren't always a good idea

Dry January 2020

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If you are taking part in Dry January there is a host of support available, here are some useful links to help you.

DDN Publication dates 2021

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS (DDN) is the monthly magazine for everyone working with substance use issues. Since 2004 it has become established as the...

Kenward Trust appoint new patron

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Kenward Trust, a charity which supports those affected by addiction, homelessness and crime based in Kent, is delighted to announce the appointment of actor David Easter.

Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group reports

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DDN regularly covers meetings of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group. Here are links to some recent reports.

Act-as-if you are infected and infectious’: what has the global Therapeutic...

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The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) bought together professionals, to reflect upon lessons from COVID-19

Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs calls for action on funding

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Ahead of the Government's 2020 Spending Review Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs calls for action on funding

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 with Turning Point

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This year Turning Point have taken their Alcohol Awareness Week activities online, ensuring they are still able to recognise this important occasion.

Free counselling service, as relapse concerns increase

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Acorn Transformational Counselling service will be offering free sessions to those currently in recovery for drugs and alcohol addictions.

Jason Flemyng interviews political campaigner, New Labour strategist and mental health...

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The More Than My Past podcast tells the stories of notable former prisoners and addicts, presented by film star Jason Flemyng. Jason’s guest on the latest episode is Alastair Campbell. 

What Black History Month means to me

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Black History Month to me is a time of rejoicing, and celebrating the achievements and leadership of black people. It is a time when we tell our stories and are reminded of the good times, the bad times and the ugly times.

Here’s how Change Grow Live services have been celebrating Recovery Month

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Change Grow Live celebrates Recovery Month. From poetry, to carpentry, film-making to walking, their services have been getting creative as they mark the occasion this year. 

WDP and City Lit partner for a third time to provide...

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Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP has renewed its partnership with City Lit, one of the country’s top destinations for evening, weekend and daytime courses, for a third successive year.

WDP’s Capital Card Shop on Wheels

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WDP's Capital Card Shop on Wheels scheme helps service users who can’t leave their place of residence to safely place orders for essential items.

Myths and Legends of Residential Rehab

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Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs addresses the myths and legends of residential rehab and highlights the tangible truth.

Turning Point submission to the 2nd phase of the Dame Carol...

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Turning Point submission to the 2nd phase of the Dame Carol Black Review on the state of provision of treatment and recovery services for drug users.

What we’re learning about better working with the LGBTQ+ community

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We want everyone to know they’re welcomed and respected in our services. But for members of the LGBTQ+ community it’s not always that simple.

Recovery charity offers pregnancy support

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Acorn Recovery Projects, a charity providing a range of recovery services across the North West, has launched a free pregnancy support service.

Charity warns of a surge of harmful illicit benzodiazepines

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A surge in illicit prescription drugs has been linked to a number of overdoses in the UK, warns We Are With You.

Big strides made in elimination of hepatitis C, but still a...

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On World Hepatitis Day, We Are With You in Lanarkshire says more needs to be done to meet the UK’s target of eliminating the virus by 2025.

Humankind Charity supports World Hepatitis Day with new national Action Plan

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The Humankind charity has launched a new national Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day.

Listening to people who use our services during the coronavirus pandemic

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Service user involvement is about making sure people can influence decisions that will affect them.

Kenward Trust rises to the challenge 

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Kenward Trust explain how their residential service has responded to the COVID-19 crisis

Would you like to learn how to save a life?

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Peer distribution of naloxone is the best way to get the opioid overdose reversal drug where it’s needed.

SIG launches newly designed website

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The Social Interest Group launches new User-friendly website that gives clear signposts to all the services on offer.

Be kind to yourself

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Kindness is all around us lately. But how do we be kind to ourselves?

Tsunami of Need

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Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs on the impact of COVID-19 on people who rely on drug and alcohol treatment services.

Why COVID-19 will change social care for good

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COVID-19 and its impacts will be widespread and felt for years to come, nowhere more so than in social care.

WDP and Hermes deliver essential items to Capital Card users during...

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WDP has partnered with Hermes, to provide its most vulnerable Capital Card users with a home delivery service.

SIG Joins the Fight Against Coronavirus

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In partnership with Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital, the Social Interest Group through SIG Equinox joins the direct fight to help people recover from COVID 19.

A big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and...

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EDP join Humankind as a subsidiary and two new services start in Staffordshire and the North East today.  

Looking after people on Medication Assisted Treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Mark Moody, Change Grow Live CEO explains the decisions they have taken in relation to Medication Assisted Treatment during the coronavirus outbreak.

Broadway Lodge have today launched their brand new podcast

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Broadway Lodge have today launched their brand new podcast called ‘Miracle Mansion Podcast’. 

Using digital to help more people

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We Are With You talk about the need to develop new ways for people to access support and to make getting help as easy as possible.

WDP and Storyhouse announce brand new partnership

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WDP has joined forces with Storyhouse people to offer people who access substance misuse services the opportunity to enjoy the facilities at this valuable community hub.

Trevi House Opens New National Parenting Assessment Centre, Daffodil House

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Dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for children, Daffodil House places the child at the centre of its work with a trauma informed approach.

CQC rates Delphi Good

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Winstone House in Blackpool, home of Blackpool’s ‘Horizon’ service offering support for alcohol, drugs and sexual health, has been awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by the CQC.

Why working together is better than going it alone

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Humankind's CEO Paul Townsley talks about partnership working to have a greater impact and to support local delivery.

Our new user-focused website – 10 things we have learned

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Change Grow Live share the lessons that they have learned from the launch of their new website.

DDN Publication dates 2020

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS (DDN) is the monthly magazine for everyone working with substance use issues. Since 2004 it has become established as the...

Swapping prison for pavement

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A look at the challenges of supporting people coming out of prison with nowhere to live.

Cool for Broadway Lodge

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Broadway Lodge is delighted to announce that founding member of British rock band Squeeze Chris Difford has been appointed as its patron.

I’m Dudley and this is my story

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I’ve grown so much since I recovered. My children have a father, my grandchildren have a grandad, my dad has a son.

For people with alcohol issues, abstinence isn’t the only answer

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For people with alcohol issues, abstinence isn’t the only answer. Forcing everyone down the same path means losing sight of many on the way.

Celebrating Recovery Month

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Neil was facing an uphill road back to a normal life after failed suicide attempts but broke out of his own hell with help from Turning Point's Rochdale and Oldham staff.

Time for safer injecting spaces in Britain?

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Drug consumption rooms provide hygienic and supervised spaces for people to inject or otherwise consume illicit drugs.

Inspired by possibility

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Neil was facing an uphill road back to a normal life after failed suicide attempts but broke out of his own hell with help from Turning Point's Rochdale and Oldham staff.

WDP and Chester Football Club kick-off new partnership for substance misuse...

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WDP and Chester Football Club are teaming up to give people who access substance misuse services the chance to obtain tickets for home matches.

Redressing the Balance: How to Reduce Drug-Related Deaths.

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By improving optimised OST and access to harm reduction, along with the upscaling of Naloxone provision, we can have an impact on drug related deaths.

As a straight man I never thought I’d end up running...

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As a straight man I never thought I’d end up running a chemsex service but because of people like Joe it’s been the most rewarding experience of my career.

How to use storytelling to create Pro-Social Media

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Stories told on social media by people with first-hand experience convey the reality of addiction with nuance and context.