‘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.
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
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.
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.
West Africa should consider decriminalising low-level and non-violent drug offences, according to a report from the West Africa Commission on Drugs.
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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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.
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.
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.
Dr Judith Yates talks to David Gilliver about swapping the GP surgery for the international policy arena, and the vital role of primary care.
The practice of mindfulness can be a powerful tool in preventing relapse and supporting recovery, says Dr Paramabandhu Groves.
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‘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
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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.
Challenging behaviour — Although primary care is an ideal place for treating substance problems, sometimes extra support is needed, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Read here.
Workforce challenge — Amar Lodhia experiences a day in the life of a local enterprise and employability service (LEES) worker. 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.
DDN’s place to share knowledge and good practice
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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