DDN Magazine

Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 16.29.17In this month’s issue of DDN…

‘Patterns of use are changing’, ‘lack of funding will have a massive impact’, ‘we’ve got conflicting priorities’, ‘society doesn’t take addiction seriously’, ‘things can only get better!’ – these are just some of the opinions contributed for this month’s special issue to mark DDN’s ten-year anniversary.
What has the past decade meant to you and your role? What do you see as the most significant changes to the sector – and what will happen next? Join the discussion by commenting, tweeting and liking our  Facebook page. . . and please fill in our new reader survey – we’d love to hear from you!

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


NICE pill for heavy drinkers 

The drug – also known by its trade name Selincro – is licensed for use alongside psychosocial support to help people reduce their alcohol intake. 




Sharp rise in Scottish drug-related hospital admissions 

‘The steadily increasing rate of hospital stays related to drug misuse shows that we are fighting a losing battle,’ said Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP.



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 ‘Millions’ of children exposed to World Cup alcohol marketing 

A report from Alcohol Concern shows that an average of just under 100 alcohol references per programme, plus ten alcohol commercials when the games were shown on ITV.






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Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features 

Alex BoytStaying alive

Could the recovery agenda be killing people? Alex Boyt makes the case from his own experience. 


Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 13.35.05Community chest

This year’s RiTC conference asked what a recovery community could and should mean.




Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 15.01.30My, how you’ve changed

What has the past decade meant to you and your role? What have been the most significant changes to the sector? And what will happen next? You gave it to us straight. 



Ex-NTA head Paul Hayes talks to David Gilliver for DDN’s tenth anniversary issue.




Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 15.01.30Back in the day

Three sector stalwarts, who were there at the start, look back at the birth of DDN.



Screen shot 2014-11-03 at 14.45.54All in a day’s work

A quick look behind the scenes of a DDN press day.




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


Some people can be off work with a serious illness for 13 months or more, but services employ people in recovery after six months? We often forget that a lot of addicts have not had formative years and so need to make up for this and relearn how to live a ‘normal’ life, for want of a better word.– Steve Loxley, by email 



Media savvy

‘NICE needs to be disbanded – it’s not fit for purpose.’ – Janet Street Porter, Mail, 6 October


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

The golden key — Working with people who use drugs is a multidisciplinary landscape with key workers at its heart, 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

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.




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

Gordon HayVital care

Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester.




Engaging with the experts

Michael Gilbert talks to DDN about StreetRx.com, a new website that encourages the exchange of information between drug users while also promoting harm reduction



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

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DDN Directories Map

This is the new DDN Directories Map where you can find the services you are looking for quickly and effectively.

Residential Directory: The BLUE pins are for all of the residential service listings, you will also notice stars, these are advertisers that have taken an advanced listing with DDN magazine and will hold more information about their services when clicked.

Training Directory: The PURPLE pins list all of the training services available, there are also starred listings for these for advertisers.

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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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If you would like to be added to our 'useful links' section, please email info@cjwellings.com