DDN Magazine

May15In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘Take drug and alcohol treatment seriously.’

In this month’s issue: DDN canvasses opinion from the drug and alcohol sector on what the new government’s priorities should be.

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


New government must help those with multiple needs

The incoming government should launch a national programme of improved and coordinated support for those with multiple and complex needs, according to charity the Revolving Doors Agency.



Organisations working with offenders at increasing financial risk

Voluntary sector organisations working with offenders continue to be dogged by financial uncertainty, according to the latest State of the sector report from Clinks.

Charities welcome home HIV self-testing 

The first legally approved home HIV self-testing kits have gone on sale in the UK.

A third of Scottish drug-related deaths are parents

More than a third of Scottish drug-related deaths in 2013 were parents or parental figures, according to figures from ISD Scotland – affecting more than 270 children.

Get tough on alcohol, OECD urges governments

Governments need to introduce more effective policies to tackle harmful drinking, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

News in brief

A round-up of national news

Local news

A look at local news from across the country

More News

Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features

NEwspaperMake or break time?

On the eve of the election, DDN asks some key figures from the drugs field what they’d like to see from an incoming government.





All in a day’s work

Sue Bright describes how offering occupational support can bolster an individual’s recovery journey.




GuildhallShake it up

Speakers called for a fresh look at policy and new ways to engage drinkers at the European Alcohol Conference, held at the Guildhall last month.

More Features

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

Mike WardPathway to change

Mike Ward talks about a new project that is aiming to engage dependent drinkers with treatment services.





Novel ideas

Dima Abdulrahim talks about meeting the treatment challenges of novel psychoactive substances.




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

Find anything, anywhere!

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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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