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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.

Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone

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Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone. Putting naloxone at the forefront of everything we do has saved lives

Nurture from nature

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Jon Hall, Phoenix’s environment and sustainability manager, reflects on the value of nature to aid recovery from addiction and poor mental health. Phoenix Futures’ Recovery...

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.

On the eve of the Government Spending Review Phoenix Chief Exec...

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There is one common universally held opinion – the cut in funding for treatment has eroded the sector’s ability to deliver a consistent level of service across the country.

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.

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

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.

Turning Point unveils wide-ranging hep C strategy

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Turning Point has launched its own hepatitis C strategy setting out how it intends to support the World Health Organization’s aim of eliminating the virus as a major public health threat by 2030.

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.

The Black Review: A shared mission for transformational change

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Adfam, Collective Voice, English Substance Use Commissioners Group and NHS Addictions Provider Alliance look at how Dame Carol Black’s Review of the UK's drug...

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.

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.

Cross-party MPs demand reform of UK drug laws

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27th May 2021 marks 50 years since the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 received Royal Assent. This pivotal anniversary has spurred charities, senior...

Connecting with nature is essential to good mental health

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Connecting to nature’s miracles can bring tremendous benefits, says Mark Peters. Connection to nature is fundamental to good mental health. However, our busy lives keep us...

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.

More support is needed for people with complex needs and their...

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Writing for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021, Gill Campbell, head of nursing at Turning Point, talks about the importance of palliative care for those...

Penrose visited by Bedfordshire PCC

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SIG Penrose Options has welcomed the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Festus Akinbusoye as part of his planned visits to organisations that his...

I carried all the suffering alone

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From a young age, Carol took it upon herself to make sure her loved ones were OK – at her own expense. She recalls...

Forward responds to the Dame Carol Black Review on addiction treatment

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Mike Trace, The Forward Trust CEO, responds to the long-awaited review into drugs policy by Dame Carol Black. The independent review commissioned by the government...

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.

Introducing: the ‘More Than My Past’ film academy

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'More Than My Past' tells the inspirational life stories of people who have overcome addiction or crime. Now The Forward Trust is putting the...

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...

The LGBT body image problem

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As part of our focus on mental health this week and the theme for this year - Body Image - to take a look...

Drink Wise Age Well: real stories

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After six years, the 'Drink Wise Age Well' programme is ending. These are the stories of people supported by the project. Born in 2015, Drink...

Making digital services more human

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How we’ll use digital to make services more human — and help more people overcome addiction

Delivering the DARS service at HMP Liverpool

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Sandra Dutton, Prison Manager at the Change Grow Live Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, (DARS) shares the highlights of her first 12 months working at HMP Liverpool.

WDP response to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part...

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WDP has welcomed the publication of the second part of Dame Carol Black’s independent review on drugs. As a third sector provider of recovery treatment...

Substance misuse treatment: the NHS and the third sector both have...

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Dr David Bremner, consultant addictions psychiatrist and medical director at Turning Point, explains why the NHS and the third sector both must play a...

‘Just say no’ to zero tolerance policies

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Release's Laura Garius discusses why universities must adopt harm reduction. It’s time to adopt a harm-reduction approach to student drug use. Despite decades of universities...

Turning Point Jobs

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Why Turning Point? Everyone has their own reason for choosing Turning Point. It might be our passion for investing profit back into our services. It...

Young people and the pandemic: living with addiction

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Forward's recent YouGov research found that up to 1 million children and young people could be showing an increase in addictive behaviour during lockdown....

WDP celebrate their incredible volunteers

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WDP's incredible volunteers give up their time to make a difference to the lives of our service users.

Phoenix Futures responds to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs –...

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This is a highly anticipated report that arrives at a critical time for the many thousands of people directly affected by substance use problems...

CZAR GAZING – A hopeful sign

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Concluding his theme of how to rejuvenate the sector, Mike Trace sees opportunity in the appointment of the recovery champion. Read it in DDN Magazine  Central...

Optimising our work in an uncertain time

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How treatment systems can respond more effectively to the needs of people who use opiates

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.

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.

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.

The Forward Trust to deliver psychosocial substance misuse service at HMP...

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The Forward Trust has announced it has been awarded the contract to deliver psychosocial substance misuse services at HMP Chelmsford. The service goes live on...

Ways forward for the employability sector

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Forward's director of employment services Asi Panditharatna reflects on the company's achievements in the past year, as well as ways forward for the employability...

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.

Celebrating 50 years of Residential Services

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This year we celebrate 50 years of life-changing work, marking this milestone offered us the opportunity to reflect on the impact that Phoenix has had...

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.

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.

Eight things you may be stressed about as lockdown eases

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As we slowly ease out of lockdown this month, there are many valid worries and fears that you may be experiencing. Turning Point offers...

CZAR GAZING – How do we harness political support?

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How do we harness political support when priorities lie elsewhere? In the sixth of his series of articles, former deputy drug czar Mike Trace...

Placing quality of life at the heart of transformation

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Davinder Jhuty, national head of service - learning disability at Turning Point, discusses the importance of multidimensional support strategies in treatment outcomes. By putting the...

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.

Matt Wigley – Outreach Worker

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An interview with Matt Wigley - Outreach Worker at West Yorkshire Street Outreach Service Tell us about your background When I was younger a friend of...

COVID-19 and learning disability – change must come

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Turning Point's national director of operations, Clare Taylor, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities.  Inequalities in health outcomes for...

Change Grow Live: Our year of listening

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Change Grow Live adapted services to keep people safe in the pandemic, their Pulse Survey asked service users what they needed.

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. 

The hidden generation of drinkers

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People over 50 are using alcohol as a way of dealing with factors like divorce and bereavement. We need to show them they aren’t alone. By...

Improving how people find our services

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We’ve been working on improving how people find services on our website so we can make it easier for people to get help.

Keeping that human connection during the pandemic

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With You's drug and alcohol work in Glasgow is all about relationships, and we've worked hard to keep that human connection without face to...

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).

What it’s like to run a needle exchange service

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The people I see come from all walks of life. The key is getting to know them properly without judgement By Cilicia Wyman, Harm Minimisation...

An interview with John Kneale – Volunteer at Achieving Change Through...

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How do you help the Achieving Change Through Employment (ACE) project? I help refugees to integrate into their new community.

‘It’s like two different people going through a battle you can’t...

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Why it’s so important families and friends don’t give up on their loved ones.

Findings from Adfam’s Inclusivity Forum

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Adfam’s National Forum on inclusion saw discussion around barriers to inclusion, as well as the changes needed at service and policy levels to help...