‘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!
Read our round-up of what’s happening across the UK
The drug – also known by its trade name Selincro – is licensed for use alongside psychosocial support to help people reduce their alcohol intake.
‘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.
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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Could the recovery agenda be killing people? Alex Boyt makes the case from his own experience.
This year’s RiTC conference asked what a recovery community could and should mean.
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.
Three sector stalwarts, who were there at the start, look back at the birth of DDN.
A quick look behind the scenes of a DDN press day.
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
‘NICE needs to be disbanded – it’s not fit for purpose.’ – Janet Street Porter, Mail, 6 October
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.
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.
Mind the gap — Employability support should be an important part of tackling reoffending rates, says Amar Lodhia. Read here.
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.
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
Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester.
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
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 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.
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