DDN Magazine


In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘The stories we’ve heard along the way have sometimes been heartbreaking while others have made us laugh out loud. But they are all undeniably inspiring and touching.’

In this month’s magazine, Rachael Evans explains The other faces of addiction, a photo exhibition launched by Adfam to commemorate 30 years of supporting family members. 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

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England and Wales see sharp rise in drug deaths

Nearly, 2,000 drug misuse deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 




CQC pledges to focus on ‘the issues that matter’ 

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




 Time to stop criminalising drug users, says global commission

A new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy has called for an end to the criminalisation of drug use and possession. 





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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features 

Rachael (author)Hidden faces

Rachael Evans explains Adfam’s 30th anniversary photo exhibition, The other faces of addiction


News focusCountries apart?

Are the rates of drug-related deaths north and south of the border really going in different directions? 




Katy HollowayNew research on non-fatal overdoses

A group of academics from the University of South Wales has published research on the prevalence of non-fatal overdoses among drug users in Wales.



Throughout September, more than 100 vibrant activities took place across the country for Recovery Month.




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Throughout September, more than 100 vibrant activities took place across the country for Recovery Month.



imageScratching the surface

Taf Kunorubwe looks at the challenges of bringing together substance misuse and mental health services.



Alex Feis BryceStreet wise

An award-winning scheme has been protecting vulnerable drug-dependent street sex workers from attack. Its director of services, Alex Feis-Bryce, talks to DDN.



20140913_140503Walk this way

Four participants tell us about their experiences at the UK Recovery Walk.

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


‘Be sure that this is a national problem that affects everybody and anybody. Not only does gambling addiction bring on other mental health issues such as depression, but it has a massive affect on those individuals’ families and friends.’– Tony Kelly



Media savvy

‘If tobacco corporations stopped resisting public health efforts, we could end tobacco use in a generation with a range of well-known, widely endorsed and effective measures.’ – William Savedoff, Guardian, 1 September 


More Letters and Comment

Catch up on your favourite columnists

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Marcus 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

The golden key — Working with people who use drugs is a multidisciplinary landscape with key workers at its heart, says Dr Steve Brinksman. 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

Recovering hope — Recovery should be about empowerment and instilling optimism – not about treatment effectiveness and ‘number of years abstinent’, 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.




Personal stories and news from the DDN community 

Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 15.03.34Obituary – Phil Fox

8 June 1959 – 16 June 2014

Friends and colleagues pay tribute.



Screen shot 2014-07-07 at 14.51.13Obituary - Caroline Blackburn

26 July 1977 – 7 June 2014

Alliance colleagues and friends pay tribute. 


DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice

Gordon HayVital care

Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester.




Engaging with the experts

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



Rosie Mundt Leach

 Right to choose

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 ReynoldsThrough the gate

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

Building a network

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 MarshallEnterprising ideas

Graham Marshall shares how Spitalfields Crypt Trust’s social enterprises have helped service users build the confidence to get back to work.



Jenni ParkerHelping hands

Jenni Parker tells DDN about the Aurora Project Lambeth, a social enterprise that offers volunteer-led peer mentoring to people in treatment. 



Jonathan MunroUnited we stand

Jonathan Munro tells DDN about the pioneering partnership working happening among prisons in the North East.



Jam Straight bandGood vibrations

Kevin Westbury tells DDN about Jam Straight, a place where people in recovery can relax, socialise and enjoy some good music.



TeamBack of the net

Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation describe how their new education programme is helping to boost confidence and wellbeing.



o4bOpen for business

Julia Dixon-Large tells DDN about BADSUF’s innovative, volunteer-led charity shop.



Natasha BrayLife-saving knowledge

Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative.



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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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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