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Don’t struggle alone

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There is support available to help young people cope with their emotional health in the Wakefield area. As we head towards the Easter holidays, we...

‘Health approach’ for new Scots drugs strategy

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Scotland’s new drugs strategy will take a ‘health approach’ and address wider problems such as housing, mental health, family support and employment, the Scottish...

Treatment crisis

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Action is needed now to stop the spiralling costs of buprenorphine, says Roz Gittins. We want to offer high quality, safe, cost-effective services to as...

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Commissioners call for joined-up approach to opioid use disorder decision-making

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Expert Faculty on Commissioning confirms speakers for ‘EXCO’, the first joint congress on excellence in commissioning for opioid use disorder. The Expert Faculty on Commissioning...

DDN Subscriptions

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Click here to add a new subscription, change your details or make a cancellation. DDN is a free magazine self-funded through advertising. We offer cost...

DDN Conference Exhibitor Information

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      Thank you for supporting the DDN service user involvement conference. Please find information for your stand and the delegate bag inserts. The venue is the The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley...

The explosion that never happened

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At the end of the 1980s the threat of a crack epidemic in the UK loomed large as we scrambled to take heed of...

DDN Conference 2018 Group bookings

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The DDN conference is the perfect place to showcase your products or services, and inspire your volunteers and clients. Contact ian@cjwellings.com or 0845 299 3429 to find...

Campaigners call for total alcohol advertising ban

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Existing regulations are failing to protect young people from exposure to alcohol advertising and the ‘subsequent drinking’ it leads to, according to a collection...

One Life Exhibitor Information

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Thank you for supporting the DDN service user involvement conference. Please find information for your stand and thedelegate bag inserts. The venue is the The New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham,...

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...

Media Savvy July/August 2016

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 The principal effect of drug laws is to inflate the salaries of the nastiest barons and gangsters on earth, funding organised crime and corruption,...

A round-up of National News

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LONG-TERM TOLL Alcohol-related admission rates are falling for the under-40s but rising among over-65s, according to the latest local alcohol profiles from PHE, with the...

Mark Reid reviews the play People, Places and things

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People, Places and Things is an excellent look inside the world of a 12-step-style rehab. In the lead role, Denise Gough brings a perfect...

Definitions

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Legalisation, decriminalisation, drug law reform – what do we mean, asks George Allan How to address the ‘drug problem’ continues to divide the world. Hardline...

Cautious progress

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Dr Chris Ford on the importance of keeping up the momentum... With some excitement and a good helping of scepticism I set off to Vienna...

Be inspired

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We need easy access to material that will challenge us, says our new columnist George Allan A confession: during a lengthy career as both a practitioner...

Thank you for your interest in this position

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CRI have now rebranded to CGL - Change, Grow, Live. Their jobs page is currently being updated, please check back again on Monday 4th April...

Local news from the substance misuse field

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Yes you can! Build on Belief (BoB) recently held their eighth annual award ceremony and celebrated their ten-year anniversary through an evening of entertainment and...

Too much at stake

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We’re seeing the un­welcome return of the ‘postcode lottery’, says Dr Steve Brinksman My practice has long had a reputation in Birmingham for working with...

Reach out

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Chris Rintoul reports positive results from a Northern Ireland naloxone programme The Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) watered the seeds of take-home naloxone and it allowed...

News in brief

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Bill blasted An early day motion on the Psychoactive Substances Bill has been tabled by Paul Flynn MP. ‘This House regrets the depth of scientific...

Zero tolerance, zero cure

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Russian drug policies are fuelling the escalating HIV epidemic, says Chris Ford with input from Mikhail Golichenko Last week I asked Viktor how he was,...

Benefits of therapeutic communities

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Academic notes Drug sector veteran Rowdy Yates talks to David Gilliver about the value of therapeutic communities, and the therapeutic value of music ‘It’s kind of...

DDN Help 2019

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We are currently updating DDN Help and adding more resources.  Please bear with us. In the meantime please contact ian@cjwellings.com with any queries.

Bracknell Forest – intergrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, September 2015

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Bracknell Forest DAAT will be advertising a tender for an integrated Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service in September 2015. As part of the tender process...

Health risks of sugar

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Hidden menace For those with a history of addiction the well-publicised health risks of sugar could pose serious dangers. Nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the...

NPS to be subject to ‘landmark’ blanket ban

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The government is to introduce a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’, as announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech. The Psychoactive Substances Bill will ‘prohibit...

Joan Hollywood – obituary

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Joan Hollywood 1941 - 2015 Joan Hollywood was a mother whose adult son died in 2008 after many years of drug and alcohol use. Unable to...

iCan Speak Bootcamp

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 Confidence is a skill you can master – let Richard McCann show you how! Birmingham, 23 June 2015 £145 + VAT professionals, £95 + VAT service users BOOK HERE NOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XPgnm7Lo8M He...

DDN maps

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                    The new way to find anything, anywhere! Our new DDN interactive map provides a comprehensive directory of events, jobs, service user groups, trainers and residential treatment...

GP advice – Steve Brinksman

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Put on the spot Dr Steve Brinksman on having his preconceptions challenged About a month ago I had a patient come in to see...

Expressions of interest

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Expressions of interest for the Provision of the Adult Integrated Drug & Alcohol Treatment System in Southwark Southwark Council is seeking to invite competitive tenders for the provision...

Expression of interest

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      Opportunity for inclusion onto an approved list for drug & alcohol residential rehabilitation services Southend-on-Sea Borough Council along with Thurrock Council, are inviting expressions of...

Alcohol support

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A safe place Brian Cowie explains how a ‘designated place of safety’ is providing a safe haven in Aberdeen for individuals to sober up and...

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. To be included in the next magazine, send your letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com or to 57...

The Challenge: getting it right for everybody

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The 8th DDN national service user involvement conference 19 February 2015 – Second City Suite, Birmingham We’re under no illusions that service user involvement is meeting its toughest...

Best foot forward

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The volume of activity and appetite for change during September’s ‘recovery month’ speaks volumes about the momentum of the recovery community, says Alistair Sinclair Three...

CQC pledges to focus on ‘the issues that matter’

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set out its new approach to inspecting drug and alcohol services, which will ‘reflect national priorities’ and ‘put...

Countries apart?

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Are the rates of drug-related deaths north and south of the border really going in different directions?  All eyes were on Scotland last month in...

Adfam Families First 2014

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23 October 2014, Park Crescent Conference Centre, Central London. How can we support families to cope with the many facets of their loved ones’ addiction? The Families...

Becoming change-makers

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It’s time to leave our little bubbles and make recovery visible, says Alistair Sinclair Watching the news last week, the brutality in Gaza, the tragedy...

Service User Involvement Conference 2015!

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Next February, the 2015 service user involvement conference will be taking place and we want to hear from you! Your input is vital in...

What you’re saying

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On Stanton Peele’s article, ‘Mind the steps?’, DDN, April, page 8… ALL RECOVERY GROUPS are about the people that attend them. I tried AA for a couple...

Challenging behaviour

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It is my firm belief that the majority of people with drug and alcohol problems can be managed in primary care, albeit with the...

Obituary – Phil Fox

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Phil Fox 8 June 1959 – 16 June 2014  It is with greatest sadness that we break the news of the passing of Phil Fox, our...

Workforce challenge

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Amar Lodhia experiences a day in the life of a local enterprise and employability service (LEES) worker Speaking at an event last week on how...

Hampshire County Council

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Hampshire Integrated Adult Substance Misuse Recovery Service - Information Day         The Hampshire Operational Model for Effective Recovery (HOMER) is a recovery-orientated, integrated-care approach to tackling...

Oxfordshire County Council

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Oxfordshire County Council NEW INTEGRATED DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES IN OXFORDSHIRE  INVITATION TO A MARKET PLACE DEVELOPMENT DAY Friday 20th June 10.00am – 12.30pm - followed by lunch...

Experts by experience

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Participants in the Staying Safe hepatitis C prevention project gave invaluable insight into life-saving protective practices. The findings could be used to make harm...

Experts by experience – full referenced version

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The Staying Safe study is a hepatitis C prevention project with a difference. Instead of focusing on risk practices and transmission events, such as...

Surrey County Council

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            Surrey County Council will shortly be going out to tender for Tier 3 Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Tier 4 In-patient Recovery, Stabilisation and...

Increase in drug related deaths for older Scots

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The proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland among people aged 45 and above increased from 14 per cent in 2011 to 26 per cent...