‘The NHS is committed to treating people with other forms of addiction, but not gambling, and so the onus is on the third sector to provide the services necessary to support those who suffer …’
In this month’s magazine, DDN reports on the level of treatment that is available for the estimated 450,000 people in the UK with a gambling problem. Click on the links below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our Facebook page.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
The rate of deaths linked to new psychoactive substances could be ‘higher than heroin’ within two years, according to a report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think tank.
Health warnings should be included on all alcohol labels, says the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alcohol Misuse, to go alongside a new government-funded awareness campaign on alcohol harm.
Legislation has come into force this month allowing services to provide aluminium foil ‘for the purpose of smoking drugs’, with a new briefing from Public Health England (PHE) explaining the new rules and providing advice on their implementation.
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland fell by 9 per cent last year, according to figures from the Scottish Government, with deaths among under-25s the lowest since records began.
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
The estimated 450,000 people in the UK with a gambling problem are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting access to treatment. DDN reports.
A new, improved State of the sector report is underway and needs your input, says Paul Anders.
The language of new drugs can be unhelpful at best and risky at worst. Kevin Flemen offers a guide.
Harnessing the strength within our recovery community is the key to answering social problems, say Tony Williams and Mario Sobczak of Kingston RISE.
Recently retired substance misuse manager for Bristol City Council, Sue Bandcroft, reflects on decades of change in the sector.
As Broadway Lodge celebrates 40 years of offering treatment for a variety of addictions, Karen Kirby shares the steps they have taken to adapt and thrive.
In the run-up to the UK Recovery Walk this month, Annemarie Ward looks at how far the charity has come and where it’s heading.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘I hope other prison inmates reading this can keep the faith and beat the drink, do it on their own and stick two fingers up to a prison system that does not care.’ – Peter Mace, HMP Bure
‘Only poor people are weighed and measured by how much they cost the country. In fact, all of us, one way or another, represent a cost: whether by living too long or studying too much or mismanaging complex financial products.’ – Zoe Williams, Guardian, 18 August
Catch up on your favourite columnists
Right for the people — When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts. Read here.
Challenging behaviour — Although primary care is an ideal place for treating substance problems, sometimes extra support is needed, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
Becoming change-makers — It’s time to leave our little bubbles and make recovery visible, says Alistair Sinclair. Read here.
Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. This month: I was attacked – How can I get compensation? Read here.
Voices of strength – Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
Michael Gilbert talks to DDN about StreetRx.com, a new website that encourages the exchange of information between drug users while also promoting harm reduction
With family planning a sensitive and controversial subject, the sexual health needs of service users can be overlooked. Rosie Mundt-Leach tells DDN how a south London drug service has teamed up with commissioners and sexual health experts to offer open in-house clinics, with promising results.
Sue Reynolds, the clinical lead of substance misuse at HMP Littlehey, tells DDN about joining the growing number of prisons to introduce a life-saving take-home naloxone programme for prisoners upon release.
Charlotte Tarrant explains how Equinox Care’s mutual aid groups for cannabis and alcohol misuse have built a network of support for local users.
Graham Marshall shares how Spitalfields Crypt Trust’s social enterprises have helped service users build the confidence to get back to work.
Jenni Parker tells DDN about the Aurora Project Lambeth, a social enterprise that offers volunteer-led peer mentoring to people in treatment.
Jonathan Munro tells DDN about the pioneering partnership working happening among prisons in the North East.
Kevin Westbury tells DDN about Jam Straight, a place where people in recovery can relax, socialise and enjoy some good music.
Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation describe how their new education programme is helping to boost confidence and wellbeing.
Julia Dixon-Large tells DDN about BADSUF’s innovative, volunteer-led charity shop.
Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative.
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September 9, 2014
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September 8, 2014
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