DDN Magazine

ddnjulyIn this month’s issue of DDN…

‘While we have been encouraged to focus on the “canaries in the mine”, those who are the
first visible casualties of a sick society, fixing them and returning them to productive life, we have been discouraged, interestingly, from looking at the mine itself…’

In July’s issue of DDN Alistair Sinclair, Director of UKRF talks about the British recovery movement and its vital role in looking for ‘the good, the true and the beautiful’ in our deficit-based society. 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

DrugsDrug policy reform calls gather momentum

Last month saw demonstrations in 100 cities as part of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign for ‘more effective and humane’ approaches to drug policy, according to campaign organisers.



Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 12.28.37PHE: Increase hep C treatment or face liver cancer time-bomb

Local authority areas with a high level of alcohol-related harm are the least likely to expect increased funding to tackle the problem, according to a new report from Alcohol Concern.



 London Drug and Alcohol Policy ForumWest Africa ‘should decriminalise’ low-level drug offences 

 West Africa should consider decriminalising low-level and non-violent drug offences, according to a report from the West Africa Commission on Drugs.



OverdoseStop and search reform pledged

Police stop and search powers are to be overhauled, home secretary Theresa May has announced, with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act code of practice revised to ‘make clear what constitutes “reasonable grounds for suspicion”.’




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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features 

breakingbondsNews focus

Research findings about mothers having multiple babies removed by the family courts hit the headlines recently. DDN hears from Dr. Karen Broadhurst about some of the issues the newspapers overlooked.


Alistair sinclair WEB. jpgCatching the wave

The British recovery movement has a vital role to play in looking for ‘the good, the true and the beautiful’ in our deficit-based society, says Alistair Sinclair.



martin2Mind over matter

This year’s Kaleidoscope Conference looked at how spiritual practices, such as mindfulness, could link to harm reduction to improve the treatment landscape. Martin Blakebrough reports.



The Care Quality Commission is about to unveil new plans for inspecting substance misuse treatment services, as David Finney explains.




Primary position 

Dr Judith Yates talks to David Gilliver about swapping the GP surgery for the international policy arena, and the vital role of primary care.



buddhaThe Buddhist way

The practice of mindfulness can be a powerful tool in preventing relapse and supporting recovery, says Dr Paramabandhu Groves.

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


The ‘Ban the Box’ campaign is an excellent idea and fully supported by online magazine theRecord and our partners at Unlock– Richard, editor, www.the-record.org.uk



Media savvy‘E-cigarettes are either going to save millions of lives by helping people to quit smoking or they are going to destroy millions of lives by luring children and young people into the habit.’  – Sarah Boseley, Guardian, 16 June


whatyou'resayingWhat you’re saying

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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

Challenging behaviour — Although primary care is an ideal place for treating substance problems, sometimes extra support is needed, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.


Amar Lodhia – Enterprise corner

Workforce challenge — Amar Lodhia experiences a day in the life of a local enterprise and employability service (LEES) worker. Read here.

Alistair sinclair WEB. jpgAlistair Sinclair – Voices of recovery  

Seeing purple — Alistair Sinclair, Richard Maunders and Melody Treasure of the UKRF defend the recovery movement. 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

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.



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The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector. They aim to set professional standards through their code of practice and their complaints and disciplinary procedures, as well as help develop the workforce through their events and DANOS-based training, qualifications and guidance.


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