DDN September 2018

‘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. The wheel spins and the ball jumps from red to black to red to black… you’ve risked everything… so what if the unthinkable happens? Owen’s story (page 6) gives valuable insight into this potentially problematic recreation, adding to last month’s gambling feature that many of you found useful. The call for support has to be heard and incorporated more widely into our treatment system so we can offer help at the first sign of struggle.

The theme of peer-to-peer expertise runs deep through this month’s issue. Local user groups are networking with naloxone initiatives (page 16), while EuroNPUD are rolling out a far-reaching overdose prevention project. We’ll follow its progress with interest.

Three minutes isn’t long to tell your story, particularly when you need to convey the significance of the ‘lightbulb moment’ when you decided to do things differently. But that’s exactly what entrants to this year’s Recovery Street Film Festival achieved (page 15). Each film was astonishingly powerful and I would urge you to visit the YouTube channel and watch them for yourself. Any one of them would demonstrate the case for investment in drug and alcohol services.

We hope you’ve had a good summer. As the autumn approaches it’s time to start planning in earnest for the next DDN conference – the best place ever for peer-to-peer networking. Put 21 February in your diary and please join the consultation through our website!

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Claire Brown, editor

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