DDN Magazine

DDNMar15In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘I’m not the only person in this room who’s been through challenges.’

Powerful presentations, inspiring personal stories and determined user activism at the eighth national service user involvement conference, The Challenge: getting it right for everybody.

Read the coverage in March’s DDN, 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


Marcus RobertsDrug services see reduction in frontline staff

More than half (53 per cent) of respondents to DrugScope’s latest State of the sector survey have reported a reduction in the number of frontline staff, the charity states



Lib Dems would ‘adopt Portugal approach’

The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto will ‘contain the most far-reaching drug reform policies ever put forward by a major political party ahead of an election’, according to party leader Nick Clegg.

Alcohol death rate remains unchanged

There were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK in 2013, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Government announces roll out of family drug and alcohol courts

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) scheme is to be extended, the government has announced.

Children more familiar with ‘beer than biscuits’ 

Primary school children are more familiar with beer brands than leading makes of biscuits, crisps or ice cream, according to a new report from Alcohol Concern.

Only 4 per cent of global drug users with HIV receiving anti-retrovirals

Just 4 per cent of the worldwide total of drug users living with HIV are receiving antiretroviral therapy, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) latest Global state of harm reductionreport

DDN takes a look at local news from across the country


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Linda ChanChallenging times

Delegates at The challenge – getting it right for everybody heard a succession of powerful and inspiring presentations on the theme of overcoming obstacles.



Richard McCannAgainst the odds

The day’s final session saw an uplifting presentation from Richard McCann on the challenge of achieving things he’d never thought possible, and turning trauma and tragedy into triumph.



NaloxoneLet’s get it out there!

The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.



LUFKeep it real

The exhibition area was a vibrant bustle of networking all day as service user groups shared information on their activities. What did the experience mean to those involved?



Final sessionIn the spotlight

Sophie Sherrington came to the conference as a delegate but found herself on stage singing True Colours to rapturous applause.

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


‘People need to be supported where they are, not where services or workers think they should be..’– Dr Chris Ford




Media savvy

‘It makes little sense to deal with new substances in isolation. If there is a solution to the difficult problem of seeking alternatives to the war on drugs, it very likely lies not only in looking forward, as New Zealand attempted, but also looking back and reflecting on the laws we already have.’ – Ross Bell, New Scientist, 12 January


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.

DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice

Brian Cowie

A safe place

Brian Cowie explains how a ‘designated place of safety’ is providing a safe haven in Aberdeen for individuals to sober up and find support.



Women In North Ayrshire

Women first

Lisa Goodall and Caryn Smith tell DDN how the North Ayrshire Council Addiction Services (NACAS) changed parts of their service to support women.



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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