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Vote of confidence

As Phoenix Futures launches its new strategy, with the strapline ‘The charity that is confident about recovery’, DDN hears about the ideas behind it...

A different pain

James Elander shares his new research on painkiller addiction and how to spot the warning signs. Addiction to prescribed pain relief is a serious and...

Family members urged to share their experiences

A major new national survey on the impact of addiction and recovery on family members has been launched by Adfam and Sheffield Hallam University,...

The emperor’s new clothes

Pockets of good practice throughout the country should not mask the fact that the ‘recovery agenda’ is failing, says Howard King. Since the end of...

On borrowed time

The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears...

Wiltshire police issue Xanax warning

Police in Wiltshire have issued a warning to parents following incidents in which around 20 young people in the Salisbury area have received medical...

Send us your letters!

We love receiving your letters at DDN. Please send your thoughts and ideas relating to any aspect of your work or personal experience – as well as your...

SMMGP launches substance misuse training scheme

SMMGP has launched an updated website and ‘premium membership’ CPD scheme, which offers additional high quality professional development including regular clinical and policy updates,...

National Crime Agency issues fentanyl warning

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken the ‘unusual step’ of warning drug users to be vigilant following the detection of powerful synthetic opioid...

A challenging relationship

While maintaining a productive relationship with CQC is essential, so is challenging any worrying issues on their draft reports, says Nicole Ridgwell. Over the past...

Time to talk

Talking therapies are among the many options that should be offered alongside OST, says Clive Hallam. Recently, a post on social media considered the question...

Reflection of hope

With their roots in harm reduction services, Kaleidoscope Project provide both community and residential drug and alcohol treatment. Their new 20-bed detoxification unit in...