‘Alcohol misuse has been an inescapable way of life for many who have served in the armed forces… The levels of alcohol use and misuse during military service often increase when personnel return to civilian life, amplifying its negative effects both for men and women,’ says Jacquie Johnston-Lynch in this month’s DDN. She talks to the magazine about how Tom Harrison House is meeting the challenge of supporting veterans in treatment.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
Time limits on heroin substitution treatment such as methadone would ‘not benefit’ drug users’ recovery and would increase the possibility of relapse, according to a new report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).
Calorie labelling should be introduced for alcoholic drinks, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
Around half of people living with hepatitis C infections are unaware that they have the virus, according to a new Public Health England (PHE) report.
There is ‘no apparent correlation’ between the toughness of a country’s approach to drugs and levels of use, according to a Home Office study of international drugs policies.
Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features
Jacquie Johnston-Lynch talks about meeting the challenge of supporting veterans in treatment.
DrugScope’s annual conference looks at equality and diversity in the sector at a time of shrinking budgets.
DDN reports from a multidisciplinary group that met to discuss England’s naloxone distribution policy.
Emma shares her personal experience of addiction at the 2014 Families First conference.
Max Daly reports from the HIT Hot Topics conference, which challenged perceptions of drug taking.
The role of communities in making recovery a reality was a key theme at Addaction’s recovery conference.
Delegates heard that there are reasons to be positive at Alcohol Concern’s annual conference.
The Danish government has just rejected proposals for ‘contained legalisation’ of cannabis. Blaine Stothard reports.
With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic year in the drugs field.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘Things will only get worse unless we resist this focus on a numbers-based ‘successful completion’ culture and return to what makes good quality individual care.’– Dr Joss Bray, substance misuse specialist
‘The only research worth doing is on why drugs policy reduces British politicians to gibbering wrecks.’ – Simon Jenkins, Guardian, 1 November
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.
Treatment complete? — Why are we failing so many people with hepatitis C, even those already in drug treatment, asks Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
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.
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
With many service users struggling to find meaningful paid or unpaid employment, Peter Bentley tells DDN about a new educational course that encourages individuals to make the most of the skills they already possess.
Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester.
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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