DDN Magazine

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In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘The idea is that you have a pathway from the street into supported housing and then into independent housing… What you can’t do is put people in mainstream housing and leave them there.’ 

DDN reports from the Recovery Festival 2014, where delegates heard what could be done to address the lack of provision of decent housing, and how the right policies and culture could help meet the challenge of reintroducing people to stable employment. 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


‘New pledges’ announced as part of alcohol deal

A set of new pledges has been announced by the government as part of its ‘responsibility deal’ with the alcohol industry. 



Harm reduction

Funding fears for harm reduction

International provision of harm reduction services is under threat from a funding crisis and lack of political will, according to a report from Harm Reduction International (HRI), the International HIV/Aids Alliance and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC).



Young drug and alcohol consumption continues to fall

Illegal drug use among secondary school pupils remains significantly lower than a decade ago, according to new figures from the government’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).




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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features 

aug14News focus

Just how closely linked are drug misuse and acquisitive crime statistics?


Sunny DhadleyThe realms of possibility

Sunny Dhadley talks to David Gilliver about peer mentoring, raising awareness and the importance of seizing the moment.




Reaching out

The Reach Out festival in Bristol aimed to raise awareness of carers affected by loved ones’ substance misuse. DHI’s Richard Brookes reports.



Jamie Bridge and Nigel Brunsdon report from the National Needle Exchange Forum’s first free training event for needle exchange workers.



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Is anyone in?

DDN reports from the Recovery Festival 2014, where day one of the conference focused on what could be done to address the lack of provision of decent, long-term housing.  



Screen shot 2014-08-04 at 13.17.49Step by step

On the second day of the Recovery Festival, delegates heard how the right policies and culture could help meet the challenge of reintroducing people to stable employment.

More Features

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


‘Who now independently engages with individual service users’ views about their treatment, and advocates for them – regardless of their treatment goals?’  – Name and address supplied



Media savvy

‘When laws are widely flouted they cease to be laws and instead become instruments to punish certain members of society. When the government sacks its chief drugs advisor for stating scientific facts it exposes itself as arrogant and unheeding.’ – Alex Horne, Independent                                                               


More Letters and Comment

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

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

Becoming change-makers — It’s time to leave our little bubbles and make recovery visible, 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.




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

Rosie Mundt Leach

 Right to choose

With family planning a sensitive and controversial subject, the sexual health needs of service users can be overlooked. Rosie Mundt-Leach tells DDN how a south London drug service has teamed up with commissioners and sexual health experts to offer open in-house clinics, with promising results.


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.



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

Latest Articles

The realms of possibility

Sunny DhadleySunny Dhadley talks about peer mentoring, raising awareness and the importance of seizing the moment.

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Scots drug deaths fall

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland fell by 9 per cent last year, according to figures from the Scottish Government, with deaths among … [Read More...]

Put health warnings on all alcohol labels, say MPs

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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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