‘The 12 steps’ powerlessness model distorts our understanding of why people become addicted, downplays the great potential for self-recovery, limits the use of effective treatments, and syphons resources away…’
In April’s DDN, Stanton Peele challenges the received wisdom of the 12-step approach. 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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The government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) need to take ‘urgent action’ to address the growing problem of liver disease, according to a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Hepatology Group (APPHG).
Plans to strengthen powers to seize substances used as ‘cutting agents’ for illegal drugs have been announced by the Home Office.
The proportion of drug-related deaths in Scotland among people aged 45 and above increased from 14 per cent in 2011 to 26 per cent in 2012, according to the latest figures from ISD Scotland
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Despite a failure to reach agreement on major issues at the 2014 Commission on Narcotic Drugs, DDN hears how things may be changing below the surface.
Stanton Peele challenges the received wisdom of the 12-step approach.
Recovery should mean focusing on what is strong, not what is wrong – and that’s where the ABCD approach comes in, says Rebecca Daddow.
Studying homeopathy led Tracy Woodward Gagetta to explore an innovative titration system for drug detoxification, as she explains.
As Blenheim celebrates its 50th anniversary, chief executive John Jolly talks to David Gilliver about the organisation’s future direction and some of the risks facing the field.
Be part of the the debate with the latest letters and comment
‘For centuries drugs have been used to try and solve personal problems. But, because of their own addictive properties, they quickly become a bigger problem than the one the individual is trying to solve.’ – Kenneth Eckersley
‘The death penalty shows that states are now taking sides in the war on drugs; those that respect basic human rights and those that do not. And they cannot work together anymore.’ — Damon Barrett, Huffington Post, 14 March
Drug treatment within custody needs an overhaul, says Alan Rushmore.
Lana Durjava attended the CND meeting in Vienna and found it woefully short on action, as she tells DDN.
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.
Different perspectives — No two people are the same – and neither should we expect their treatment to be, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Beating budgets— Forming partnerships helped TSBC stay a step ahead of the inevitable financial constraints, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
Seeing purple — Alistair Sinclair, Richard Maunders and Melody Treasure of the UKRF defend the recovery movement. 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.
Personal stories and news from the DDN community
Mark Dempster shares his uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction.
Marie Tolman explains how an incident in her childhood turned her world upside down and sent her down the path to addiction.
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David MacKintosh pays tribute to Mike Stewart.
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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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A step too far?
‘The 12 steps’ powerlessness model distorts our understanding of why people become addicted…’
April 7, 2014
The joint ministerial statement issued at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna represents a capitulation to hardline … [Read More...]
April 7, 2014
Plans to strengthen powers to seize substances used as ‘cutting agents’ for illegal drugs have been announced by the Home Office. Under the … [Read More...]