In this month’s issue of DDN…
‘Talk of “harm reduction” is increasingly taboo – and completely absent from government communications.’
In the latest issue of DDN, Ian Sherwood asks whether drug treatment is being derailed by the sector’s refusal to push for reform.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
Treatment threatened by constant re-procurement, warns ACMD
The quality of treatment for heroin users is being threatened by diminishing funds and ‘disruptive re-procurement processes’, according to a new report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)
The Government of Ireland is considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms, as well as decriminalising small amounts of drugs for personal use.
The government’s controversial public health responsibility deal for alcohol has pursued initiatives ‘known to have limited efficacy’ while obstructing more meaningful action, according to a damning report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS).
A round-up of national news
A look at local news from across the country
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
Drug treatment is being derailed by the sector’s refusal to push for reform, says Ian Sherwood
Drug sector veteran Rowdy Yates talks to David Gilliver about the value of therapeutic communities, and the therapeutic value of music
Can an entrepreneurial recovery culture overtake an ailing treatment system? Mark Gilman, Peter McDermott and Peter Sheath examine the politics
Phoenix Future’s new report Building recovery friendly communities makes the case for specialist recovery housing as a pathway to long-term recovery. Karen Biggs tells DDN why this is an opportunity not to be missed
The Worm, a new service user-led magazine recently launched in Haringey, is tackling stigma and promoting a positive image of people in recovery
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
Literacy issues can be a barrier to participant engagement and successful outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes. Richard Homer explores the reasons why
As Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) celebrates 50 years of helping people in recovery, CEO Graham Marshall looks back at the changing landscape of addiction and recovery in East London
‘If we are to retain methadone as first line, it is incumbent on us to demonstrate that methadone is several times more effective than buprenorphine at keeping the population alive.’– Dave Marteau
‘We could do with a party that believes in personal freedom.’ – Suzanne Moore, Guardian
Catch up on your favourite columnists
DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.
When do specialist drug and alcohol services play a part in the wider public health agenda, asks Marcus Roberts. Read here.
Sometimes the drug or alcohol problem isn’t obvious, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
‘The volume of activity and appetite for change during September’s ‘recovery month’ speaks volumes‘, says Alistair Sinclair. Read here.
Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. Read here.
Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.
Personal stories and news from the DDN community
James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House.
John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey.
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Nicky Goulder talks about how an acting workshop is supporting vulnerable women in east London
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November 12, 2015
The government’s controversial public health responsibility deal for alcohol has pursued initiatives ‘known to have limited efficacy’ while … [Read More...]
November 4, 2015
The Government of Ireland is considering the introduction of drug consumption rooms, as well as decriminalising small amounts of drugs for … [Read More...]