DDN Magazine


In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘When someone is in need of help, there must be a full range of interventions available to them. It is up to the service user and the professional to decide between them on the best package.’

In this month’s DDN: refocussing services on competent compassion, meeting the treatment needs of the LGBT community and educating young people. Click on the links below to read more, and don’t forget to join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our Facebook page. 

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Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK

Victor‘Worsening financial situation’ leads to closure of DrugScope

DrugScope trustees have taken the decision to close the organisation, based on its ‘worsening financial situation’.



‘More than 50’ cocaine cutting agents identified

More than 50 cutting agents have been identified in cocaine, including some that can cause ‘serious medical harm’, according to a report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

Fedotov calls for ‘evidence-based’ practices

Evidence-based practices are the best means of preventing and treating drug misuse, said UNODC chief executive Yury Fedotov.

‘No let up’ on legal highs, says government

The government has initiated a range of measures as part of its stated aim to tackle new psychoactive substances (NPS).

DDN takes a look at local news from across the country


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Joss BrayWe’ve lost that loving feeling

How can we refocus drug and alcohol services on competent compassion, asks Dr Joss Bray.



MontyUser friendly

London Friend chief executive Monty Moncrieff talks to David Gilliver about the treatment needs of the LGBT community and the challenge posed by the ‘chemsex’ scene.



PT_memorial_03First person

Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a works chaplain.



AndyNew approaches to alcohol

The management of alcohol as a consumer product, a health risk, and as part of our economy raises different challenges, to be tackled by a European conference. Andy Stonard explains.



Off the recordOff the record

A frontline drug worker, once a service user himself, warns against being taken in by the politicians’ promises.




Promotional features

JonRecovery in action

Dear Albert’s Jon Roberts talks to DDN about film screenings, mutual aid facilitation, and their new, innovative recovery programme.



1Care at Windmill House

The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talk about the specialised, individualised support they offer.



More Features

Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment


‘I find myself preaching abstinence when I know how that makes me look and sound. ’– Aboudi Naboulsi




Media savvy

‘Isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on society?’ – Paul Birch, Telegraph, 4 March




No hiding place

Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through universal testing, argues Neil McKeganey

More Letters and Comment

Catch up on your favourite columnists

Secret commissionerSecret commissioner

Off the record – DDN brings you thoughts and advice from our insider. Read here.

Screen shot 2013-07-05 at 14.30.31Marcus Roberts – Policy scope

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.

Steve-Brinksman_w01WEBDr Steve Brinksman – Post-its from practice

Put on the spot— Dr Steve Brinksman on having his preconceptions challenged. Read here.


Amar Lodhia – Enterprise corner

Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.

Alistair sinclair WEB. jpgAlistair Sinclair – Voices of recovery

Best foot forward— ‘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. Read here.


Kirstie Douse – Legal line 

Release solicitor Kirstie Douse answers your legal questions. This month: I was attacked – How can I get compensation? Read here.

JossJoss Gaynor – Family matters

Voices of strength – Adfam’s carol concert reminder. Read here.

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Seeing the picture

Wulf Livingstone talks to DDN about an innovative study that explores the relationship between substance use and sight loss.



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Active education

Caroline Bridges shares how Loudmouth’s drama projects are educating young people about drug and alcohol issues.



If you’ve approached a familiar area of practice differently, or started a new initiative in your area, we want to hear about it – email ddnexchange@cjwellings.com

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You can search by category and location to help you find what you are looking for quickly and effectively. Click on the map below to get started.

Over the next few months, we will be adding more and more categories to make the map as useful as possible. Help us to grow this resource and let us know what search options you would find most handy.

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Henry Maybury – Lost Days

Henry Maybury wrote Lost Days for his brother Tom who sadly lost his life to alcohol addiction in 2013, and it became an internet sensation overnight.

When the song receives its official release, Henry will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds to the Lost Days Charitable Trust, which will allocate the funds to addiction and recovery charities.

To support Henry and for more information, visit: www.henrymaybury.com

Resource of the week

Community for Recovery

Community for Recovery is a national support network for anyone whose life is affected by solvent or volatile substance abuse – the misuse of gases, aerosols and solvents.


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