Promotional Feature: Embracing Change

Gloucester House provides 12-step residential rehab for male clients from both statutory and private referrals. An historic 19th century townhouse in the market town...

Detox in a box

Encouraged by results of a new form of community opiate detoxification, a team from substance misuse services in Bristol and the South West offer...

Promotional Feature: Made to Measure

It’s time to ditch the ‘one size fits all’ approach and be ready to respond to clients’ needs – whatever stage they’re at says...

Force for Change

How can we develop our work­force against a backdrop of cuts and challenges? DDN reports from the FDAP conference. ‘Services are now expected to do...

Changing the conversation

DDN reports from Alcohol Concern’s annual conference, where delegates heard about the need to reframe debate on alcohol, and how the call for minimum...

Big Business

‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have valuable skills,’ Big Issue founder John Bird told delegates in the day’s powerful final session ‘Get money....

Hit Hot Topics

Stigma, misunder­standing and a lack of communication cloud our policy and practice on drugs, said speakers at HIT Hot Topics. DDN reports on their ideas for...

Safe Space

Wales is gearing up to offer medically supervised injecting centres – an initiative that can’t happen soon enough, says Ifor Glyn  There is a growing...

Local news from the substance misuse field

DDN takes a look at local news from the substance misuse field across the country Self-harm help goes mobile A new app has been launched...

City Health Challenge

The first City Health conference, held in London, set the scene for planting drug and alcohol treatment at the heart of the new public...

Comment from the drug and alcohol field

The DDN letters and comments page, where you can have your say about the drug and alcohol sector. To be included in the next magazine,...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the...

Promotional feature: Stigma: Hepatitis C and drug misuse

Supporting people infected with hepatitis C presents distinct challenges. An understanding of existing barriers to hepatitis C care is important to help empower people with the...

Loaded dice?

The estimated 450,000 people in the UK with a gambling problem are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to getting access to treatment....

Views from the substance misuse sector

Media savvy The news and views from the national media Buying ethically produced food, and making a statement about yourself by doing so, is now so...

Lines of communication

HRI executive director Rick Lines has been making the case for a human rights-based approach to vulnerable populations for more than two decades. He...

All Change

Things are changing fast at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) this summer. In the light of previous negative publicity there is a new structure and...

Views from the substance misuse sector

Media savvy The news and views from the national media Yes, politicians who abandon the failed mantra of the drug war risk the incandescent rage of...

Consuming passion

Philippe Bonnet, founder of the Independent Consortium on Drug Consumption Rooms, says he won’t rest until there’s a room established for Birmingham’s 10,000 problem drug users. He talks to DDN. When the Independent Drugs Commission...

Vital care

Gordon Hay talks to DDN about RADAR, a new pathway for alcohol-related A&E admissions into residential alcohol detoxification in Greater Manchester. An estimated 35 per...

Back in the day – DDN 10 year special

Three sector stalwarts, who were there at the start, look back at the birth of DDN  When they threw everything into DDN I thought they’d...

Spread the word

It’s time for a new approach to drug policy, writes Jamie Bridge This year, a global advocacy campaign is being launched to raise awareness of...

Never a dull moment

With a general election that could shape the sector for the next five years and beyond now looming, DDN looks back on another dramatic...

From our foreign correspondent

In her first international column Chris Ford looks at Ireland’s lack of naloxone provision Noticing a number from abroad, I answered my phone. Before I...

Changing negative behaviours in treatment

Promotional feature Challenging attitudes A decade of experience has shaped Intuitive Thinking Skills’ successful approach to attitude change, as Peter Bentley explains In 2003, I was coming...

Specialist recovery housing

No place like home Phoenix Future’s new report Building recovery friendly communities makes the case for specialist recovery housing as a pathway to long-term recovery. Karen...

How do we keep up this momentum?

Fewer young people than ever are entering treatment for heroin and crack problems, and more people of all ages are successfully completing their treatment,...

Recovery in action

  Dear Albert’s Jon Roberts talks to DDN about film screenings, mutual aid facilitation, and their new, innovative recovery programme   DDN: Dear Albert – it’s a...

Promotional feature : An honest relationship

It’s time to stop relying on outdated treatment models and offer clients an approach they can relate to, says Kenneth Robinson One of the most challenging...

Why isn’t more being done to tackle hep C?

A new report is calling for hepatitis C to be prioritised as a major health inequalities issue by Public Health England, the NHS and...

No hiding place

Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through universal testing, argues...

Dark days review of the year 2015

There wasn’t very much to celebrate in 2015, a year that saw both England and Scotland record their highest ever number of drug-related fatalities,...

Health risks of sugar

Hidden menace For those with a history of addiction the well-publicised health risks of sugar could pose serious dangers. Nutritionist Helen Sandwell looks at the...

Bridging the gap

Sarah Galvani has spent much of her career promoting awareness of substance issues among social workers. She talks to David Gilliver about bringing the...

Literacy and drug treatment

The writing’s on the wall Literacy issues can be a barrier to participant engagement and successful outcomes in substance misuse treatment programmes. Richard Homer explores...

Opportunity knocks

KCA chief executive Ryan Campbell talks to David Gilliver about how services can take advantage of the new commissioning landscape. ‘There’s a great deal of...

The realms of possibility

Sunny Dhadley talks to David Gilliver about peer mentoring, raising awareness and the importance of seizing the moment ‘Anything’s possible if you make the most...

Having a ball

Sheffield service users had a chance to celebrate their sobriety in fine style this Christmas, ending the year on a genuine high. Olivia Adams...

Potent struggle

Working with an aid project in Uganda brought Martin Blakebrough face to face with the optimism of community growth and achievement – undermined by...

The road less travelled

Methadone’s dominance over Suboxone in substitute prescribing may have more to do with cost than effectiveness. It could be time for a reassessment, say...

Frontline reporting

The afternoon’s interactive session heard some inspiring accounts of what service users were doing to make their voices heard.  ‘Things are changing, and everything is...

Getting streetwise

The Ana Liffey Project is a national addiction service dedicated to harm reduction – Stephen Parkin talks to director Tony Duffin about their innovative...

In it together

A new set of resources to support access to mutual aid has been published by Public Health England. DDN reports. Supportive peer relationships with people...

Captured on camera

 A roving Recovery Street Film Festival aims to change public perceptions of addiction, as the organising team explains This summer will see the launch of...

Scratching the surface

There’s much to be done to bring together substance misuse and mental health services so we can offer effective care for dual diagnosis, says...

Drugs counselling in prisons

First person Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a...

Recovery in the North West

Recovery rising Ray Jenkins and Mark Gilman talk about the North West’s contributions to the UK recovery movement The North West of England has a...

Supporting vulnerable women

Take a bow Nicky Goulder talks about how an acting workshop is supporting vulnerable women in east London For over five years, arts charity Create has helped...

The inspector calls

David Finney gives the latest essential chapter on preparing for Care Quality Commission inspection Do you know what’s happening with CQC inspections? You may have...

Health Check

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie describes how his organisation will work with the treatment sector, and promises that it will deliver ‘a...

Staying silent

Adfam share new research that reveals why families often struggle for a long time before seeking help with a problem drinker. Drugs and alcohol are...

What can we do about young people being hospitalised for alcohol?

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal the extent to which young children are ending up in hospital because of alcohol, reports DDN.  While recent reports...

Reasons to believe

The day’s final session heard from Tim Sampey of Build on Belief on the importance of self-determination Service user involvement is something I’ve been doing for ten...

Filling the gap

The NNEF was encouraged by the success of its first free training day for needle exchange staff, says the forum’s chair Jamie Bridge  ‘We have...

In mind and body

This year’s HIT Hot Topics conference delved into neuroscience to challenge our perceptions of drugs and drug taking. Max Daly reports  The fervour around crack...

Occupational support during recovery

All in a day's work Sue Bright describes how offering occupational support can bolster an individual’s recovery journey How many activities have you already carried out...

Bereavement and addiction

Cause and effect Last issue, we reported on a set of guidelines about supporting those bereaved through drug and alcohol related death. John Rossington looks...

Tough measures

Kit Caless examines some of the issues behind the rush to outlaw new psycho­active substances (NPS) The third reading of the Psychoactive Substances Bill took...

City challenge

We must learn to balance risk and freedom, says John Ashton in this month's Soapbox Most of us enjoy a love-hate relationship with our cities. We expect them...

Harnessing the potential

Is the sector ready for co-production, asks Alistair Sinclair.   ‘Co-production is an idea whose time has come,’ states Right here right now: taking co-production into...

Face to face

October's recovery summit in Scotland brought together people from all walks of life to explore what they could do for recovery, as Kuladharini explains. Scotland’s...

A sense of purpose – full referenced version

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, is the first evidence-based treatment for addiction that shares the same philosophy as the recovery model. It...

Letters

The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. The next issue of DDN will be out on 6 October — make sure you...

Treatment at Chandos House

A dog’s life James Dickinson shares the story of Bert, the unofficial head of treatment at Chandos House Born to two workaholic and exercise-addicted parents, Bert...

Recovery month 2015

Recovery round-up Throughout September, thousands of people across the UK got together to celebrate recovery – with fund-raisers, festivals and plenty of fun. DDN gets...

Meet Oscar, the DDN baby!

Jason and Elizabeth met at a DDN conference and brought little Oscar to meet us at this year’s event Four years ago I was at...

Work Fair

Mhairi Doyle spent a quarter of a century helping people with substance problems into work. She talks to David Gilliver about austerity and the new benefits...

A case for e-cigarettes

A case for e-cigarettes Professor Gerry Stimson  takes a closer look at electronic cigarettes and asks – if e-cigarettes can save lives, why are we...

Recovery rocks!

A local partnership involving service users brought Nottingham’s first celebration of recovery and local music, as Lee Collingham reports. As in recovery itself, many hurdles...

Breaking bonds

A new study by the universities of Manchester and Brunel, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has been looking at the incidence of recurrent care proceedings in family courts...

Staying alive

Could the recovery agenda be killing people? Alex Boyt makes the case from his own experience. In the mid ’80s, when I found a prescribing...

Drug use in prisons

No hiding place Efforts to stop drugs from being smuggled into prisons are failing – so why aren’t we tackling prisoners’ drug use through...

2015 RCGP national conference

Better together With primary care facing its severest set of challenges, delegates at the 2015 RCGP national conference argued vociferously for GPs to remain at the...

The state we’re in

Forcing stable people off their heroin scripts and into chaos is evidence of a British drug treatment system in terminal decline, says Erin O’Mara ‘I...

Complex Care

Have you noticed the world is getting more complicated? It's not just technology that's stretching our capabilities but, in the addictions field, it's the...

Half of those living with hep C unaware of their condition

Around half of people living with hepatitis C infections are unaware that they have the virus, according to a new Public Health England (PHE)...

Shifting sands – 2012 according to DDN

While the frequently hot-tempered harm reduction/abstinence debate that had characterised previous years finally appeared to be morphing into something more measured, 2012 still saw the sector...

Training at the bar

As the Swanswell Inn opens for business on a Monday morning in Birmingham, it becomes obvious that this is no ordinary pub. The mobile...

Open for business

Julia Dixon-Large tells DDN about BADSUF’s innovative, volunteer-led charity shop This is a difficult financial climate to come off benefits and find employment, when individuals may have neither...

Independent spirit

Service user group B3’s name stands for ‘be heard, be motivated, be free’. DDN's David Gilliver hears from project manager Ossie Yemoh about the...

Is anyone in?

Decent long-term housing has been identified as one of the biggest deter­min­ants of recovery, so how can we address a critical lack of provision?...

Vital connections

Communities and conversation are key to making recovery a reality, delegates heard at Addaction’s annual recovery conference. Jill Stevenson reports Communities working together was a...

Engaging dependent drinkers

Pathway to change Mike Ward talks about a new project that is aiming to engage dependent drinkers with treatment services Often those of us working in...

Prescription opioids in the US

Too scared to prescribe Dr Chris Ford finds that in the US, new restrictions have had negative consequences for patients in pain I was recently discussing...

Learning for life

Education and training are often discarded when substance use takes over. Richard Johnson describes how ANA’s new programme is helping clients to reconnect ANA was...

Medications in recovery

An expert group convened by the NTA has made recommendations on reorientating drug dependence treatment to fit the recovery agenda. We invited the group's...

Celebrating recovery in Kent

The first Medway recovery festival organised by service user groups and local provider KCA celebrated recovery in the local community. DDN joined the celebrations The brainchild...

No smoke without fire?

Is the Welsh Government right to propose a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places, or does it risk seriously undermining tobacco...

Media savvy

Who’s been saying what..? DDN’s round-up of what’s being said in the national papers  We do not want drug legalisation by the back door. But at...

Coverage from the 8th national service user conference

Challenging times Delegates at The challenge – getting it right for everybody heard a succession of powerful and inspiring presentations on the theme of overcoming...

Online support for women in recovery

Women first Annalice Sibley talks about how she set up an online support group to help women in recovery After working with women in substance misuse...

Substance misuse safeguarding

On the safe side We mustn’t be afraid to engage with parents about sensitive safeguarding issues, says Kevin Crowley As a social care and health charity,...

Painful inheritance – NACOA’s annual lecture 2016

NACOA’s (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) annual lecture at the House of Commons set out an action plan to give the issue...

Family education- better than cure

With a bill aiming to ensure compulsory drug and alcohol education in schools making its way through Parliament, a new Adfam briefing looks at...

My Recovery My Choice

One year on, Jude Norton reviews the progress of an effective information campaign. In 2012 it was estimated that 95,000 people across England and Wales...

Green zone

Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas explains why she wants the government to acknowledge that ‘current policy is flawed.' ‘As an MP for...

Olympian struggle

With the Sochi Winter Olympics now on, the eyes of the world’s media are on Russia. In the run-up to the games, much of...

Catching the wave

'A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make their nations sick. And sick nations make for sick storytellers.’ Ben...

Community chest

This year’s RiTC conference asked what a recovery community could and should mean. DDN listened to the debate  ‘Whether through peer-led and mutual aid recovery initiatives...

Substance-related bereavement

A right to grieve How can support be improved for those bereaved through drug or alcohol-related deaths? A new set of guidelines offers advice for...

Bucking the trend

Unlike in England, drug deaths in Wales have been falling since 2010 – a result that can be traced to Welsh public health...

Work, rest and play

Addiction can be like swimming in shark- infested waters, but the recovery community are like people in a life raft holding out their hands,...

Adapt and thrive

Drugscope's recent conference focused on how the sector could deliver high quality services in uncertain times. DDN reports. The drug and alcohol treatment sector was...

REAL

Lucy Seymour-Smith recently attended Aquarius’s service user conference as a new recruit to the alcohol charity’s team. Here she shares her first impressions of...

Healthy exchange

DDN reports from the 2013 NNEF annual meeting in Bournemouth, which has become a keenly anticipated fixture for information and ideas.  Keeping harm reduction at the heart of...

Consensus politics

As ever, this year’s meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs proved a controversial affair. But despite failure to reach agreement on major issues...

Step by step

Reintroducing people to stable employment and supporting them in the workplace are challen­ges that can be met with the right policies and culture –...

Cautious optimism

Just because minimum pricing is on the back burner doesn’t mean it’s time to get despondent, hear delegates at Alcohol Concern’s annual conference ‘I think...

Treatment challenges of novel psychoactive substances

Novel ideas Dima Abdulrahim talks about meeting the treatment challenges of novel psychoactive substances When it comes to managing substance misuse, there is an existing –...

tobacco plain packaging

Plain talk Has tobacco plain packaging actually worked, asks Neil McKeganey Since announcing in 2012 that all tobacco products had to be packaged in plain form,...

Words for the wise

Harry Shapiro has launched a new drug information service with his former DrugScope colleague, Jackie Buckle. He tells us more I am very pleased to announce...

Public health focus for drugs and alcohol?

Will Public Health England and a new ministerial team help to refocus drug and alcohol policy, or are they empty exercises in rebranding? DDN...

Game on

  With big business behind it, the hobby of computer gaming can turn into an unhealthy obsession. The addiction field is well placed to offer...

Family focused

With 2013 marking the ten-year anniversary of Hidden harm, social care professionals gathered at the Adfam annual conference in London to reflect on the...

Step by step

Step by step DDN reports from the second Adfam/DDN national conference for families and carers, which highlighted that, despite the progress in bringing family support to...

Quick, quick, slow…

The latest moves on UK tobacco control are leading us a merr­y dance, says Neil McKeganey If you wanted to sum up the current advice...

Hidden faces

To commemorate 30 years of supporting family members affected by loved ones’ drug and alcohol use, Adfam has launched a photo exhibition that celebrates...

Naloxone advocacy

Let's get it out there The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.  ‘The case for take-home naloxone...

Using life skills to aid recovery

Natural remedy Kate Furey talks about how she used long-forgotten skills to get her life back on track My life started to spiral out of control...

Post-its from practice

Sometimes the drug or alcohol problem isn’t obvious, says Dr Steve Brinksman  Marco rarely came to the surgery. He was a 44-year-old restaurant owner with...

A smack in the eye — Michael Linnell’s graphic harm reduction...

Thirty years after Michael Linnell’s first graphic harm reduction campaigns burst onto the scene he recalls the outrage – and the results – that spurred him...

Stemming the tide

Rising demand, increasing bureaucracy and a client group with complex needs are just some of the challenges facing alcohol services. Hazel Jordan offers a...

Nothing to declare

Over the next six issues, Mark Dempster shares his uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction. Growing up in Glasgow, the young Mark already...

Making recovery visible

Thousands of people are gearing up for the fifth UK recovery walk in Birmingham on 22 September. Richard Maunders, chair of the planning group...

London calling

  This year Blenheim, one of the UK's leading substance misuse charities, celebrates 50 years of delivering drug and alcohol treatment services across London. Blenheim...

Mind Over Matter

Mat Southwell opened the 2014 Kaleidoscope Conference by linking harm reduction to mindfulness: ‘I find injecting ketamine helps me with mindfulness.’ The challenge he gave delegates...

My, 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...

Local news from the substance misuse field

DDN takes a look at local news from the substance misuse field across the country   Drugs worker to run London marathon A drugs worker based in Somerset...

The Naloxone Action Group

Keep nagging on naloxone, says the naloxone action Group DDN listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP...

Safeguarding conference 2015 – playing safe

Are we doing enough to protect children from their parents’ drug and alcohol use? At a recent safeguarding conference there was plenty of cause...

Identity crisis

UK governments agree that above all what they want out of treatment is ‘recovery’. Some of the most marginal, damaged and unconventional of people...

‘What about me?’

The first Adfam/DDN conference for families affected by drug and alcohol use urged carers from all over the country to make their voices heard....

Staying ahead of the inspector

The Care Quality Commission is once again changing the way it inspects and rates substance misuse services. Make sure you are prepared, says David...

Changing profile

A survey of needle exchange clients revealed the need for staff to keep up with the times, as James Langton explains.  As a supplier of...

A step too far?

Stanton Peele challenges the received wisdom of the 12-step approach I recently received this email from a UK addictions worker: ‘Stanton, I was in a public...

Copenhagen cannabis

The Danish government has just rejected proposals for ‘contained legalisation’ of cannabis, designed to limit drug misuse and remove profit from the criminal market,...

European Alcohol Conference

Shake it up Speakers called for a fresh look at policy and new ways to engage drinkers at the European Alcohol Conference, held at the...

From little acorns…

There’s still time to book... https://drinkanddrugsnews.com/conference ‘Don’t get mad, get organised’ said Si Parry from Morph at the first DDN national service user involvement conference in...

All the world’s a stage

The arts can play a vital and powerful role in recovery, says Katrina Lahmann  That we all have our roles in the theatre of life...

Services without frontiers

Learning from peers across Europe has helped to enhance services at home, writes the team at Phoenix Futures Phoenix Futures has been involved over the...

Families First 2013

The speakers and workshops at Families First 2013 gave delegates an opportunity to hear personal stories, network and exchange vital expertise. Supporting role Kate McKenzie speaks...

Too close to home

As a well-travelled photographer, Andrew McNeill was used to seeing scenes of despair. But when he set out to photograph people affected by addiction...

New research on non-fatal overdoses

A group of academics from the University of South Wales has published research on the prevalence of non-fatal overdoses among drug users in Wales Professor...

Richard McCann shares his story

Against the odds The day’s final session saw an uplifting presentation from Richard McCann on the challenge of achieving things he’d never thought possible, and...

Smoking cessation

Why don’t we take smoking cessation seriously, asks Dr Steve Brinksman Sajid looked quite bemused when I started talking to him about smoking cessation. ‘I...

Alcohol and drugs in the news

Media savvy The news and views from the national media Laws against smoking have irreversibly shifted attitudes. The same drive is needed for alcohol consumption. The...

Different wavelengths

The countdown to the Psychoactive Substances Act has been marked by controversy. Kit Caless shares debate from Addaction’s recent conference Last month, the Psychoactive Substances Act...

Voyage of discovery

With its Voyage of Recovery just completed, David Gilliver talks to Phoenix Futures chief executive Karen Biggs about overcoming polarisation and embracing change When Phoenix...

Doing what works

Katy Swaine Williams and José Aguiar discuss much-needed steps to reform women’s justice. Too many women are imprisoned unnecessarily in the UK, many on remand...

Is minimum pricing dead in the water?

The ‘will they, won’t they?’ saga of minimum unit pricing for alcohol continues after the government announced it was shelving plans for its introduction....

How far have you come?

 With recovery now the dominant model for alcohol and drug treatment, commissioning and research in both England and Scotland, there is a clear need...

The main man

One of the key figures in the story of drug treatment in England, ex-NTA head Paul Hayes talks to David Gilliver for DDN’s tenth anniversary issue.  Paul...

New approaches to alcohol

The management of alcohol as a consumer product, a health risk, and as part of our economy raises different challenges, to be tackled by...

Tread softly

How can we tackle child safeguarding without risking disengagement? DDN hears a cautionary perspective from public health nurses. This focus on child protection is a...

A helping hand

Phoenix Futures has launched the Griffiths Edwards Fund to champion his belief that ‘no one size fits all’  Access to drug treatment saves lives, gives...

Life’s what you make of it

DDN hears from four winning entrepreneurs – whose success was made even more remarkable by their challenging journeys overcoming addiction. At a glitzy ceremony in...

New directions

David Gilliver talks to International Drug Policy Consortium executive director Ann Fordham about raising awareness and the changing course of the global drug policy debate.  ‘It’s clear...

A place to thrive

  Recovery should mean focusing on what is strong, not what is wrong – and that’s where the ABCD approach comes in, says Rebecca Daddow  Like...

What state are we in?

A new, improved State of the sector report is underway and needs your input, says Paul Anders Last year DrugScope, on behalf of the Recovery...

Break free

With many service users struggling to find meaningful paid or unpaid employment, Peter Bentley tells DDN about a new educational course that encourages individuals...

Media savvy

The news and views from the national media Substance misuse policy is, of course, a subject of passionate debate at all points on the political...

Drug use in prisons

Promotional feature A new profile of drug use in prisons Mark Napier talks to DDN about the emergence of the complex problem of novel psychoactive substances, and...

Take-home naloxone in prisons

Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone...

Liberty to change

Philadelphia is aiming to live up to its ‘city of brotherly love’ motto by fully integrating its substance and mental health services to provide...

Cannabis class

With cannabis problems more prevalent than ever, Edinburgh charity Crew has devised a masterclass to share knowledge. Fergus Boden reports Why are there are so few opportunities to...

Safe from harm

Last month saw the 23rd International Harm Reduction Conference take place in Lithuania. DDN reports on a gathering of activists, policy makers and service...

Accentuate the positive

Among the now-familiar talk of emerging chall­enges and stretched resources, delegates at DrugScope’s recent conference heard some positive takes on the new treatment landscape. ‘Whatever...

Save the children

Adfam’s recent report on the ingestion of drug treatment medications by children makes worrying reading. DDN looks at what could be done to reduce...

User involvement at the 8th service user conference

In the spotlight Sophie Sherrington came to the conference as a delegate but found herself on stage singing True Colours to rapturous applause I came to...

News from the substance misuse sector

Media savvy The news and views from the national media The alleged purpose of the Bill is to ‘protect hard-working citizens from the risks posed...

UK drug policy reform

Off track? Drug treatment is being derailed by the sector’s refusal to push for reform, says Ian Sherwood The distressing reality of drug dependence alters little...

Emotional rollercoaster

Offering support to families affected by addiction means acknowledging the ups and downs of a close bond, says John Taylor Recently I made a film...

Fighting response

A Calderdale-based service is combining treatment provision with hosting an emerging recovery community. Michelle Foster explains the ‘warrior down’ concept I took a call from...

Inner Strength

Kaleidoscope’s recent conference stimulated valuable debate on how women affected by drug and alcohol issues could be better supported in the community. Sarah Orrell...

Prescription for action

At a parliamentary debate, ADS brought together experts to tackle the pervasive problem of addiction to prescription drugs.  Last month Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) held...

On the frontline

‘I didn’t know that wasn’t what you were meant to do in the drugs field,’ says Mat Southwell of the participative approach he adopted...

Primary position

‘I do believe that the best care for people who use drugs and alcohol is in their own GP surgeries where possible,’ says Dr Judith...

Off the record

A frontline drug worker, once a service user himself, warns against being taken in by the politicians’ promises  I grew up in a northern town...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

Letters and comment  DDN welcomes your Letters Please email the editor, claire@cjwellings.com, or post them to DDN, CJ Wellings Ltd, 57 High Street, Ashford, Kent...

Leaner and keener

In a climate of austerity the new drug strategy must grow from our successes, says Paul Hayes on behalf of Collective Voice Next month the...

Building a future

Steve Hodgkins is the founder and CEO of Jobs, Friends and Houses (JFH) – a multi award-winning social enterprise offering employment, peer support and...

News Focus

  Who Benefits?  Benefit reform, long a thorny topic, seems set to become one of the year’s defining policy issues. DDN looks at the truth behind...

Recovery rising

September saw recovery activities taking place across the UK and Ireland. Richard Cunningham, Alistair Sinclair and Stuart Green look back on a vibrant recovery...

The whole detox

Studying homeopathy led Tracy Woodward Gagetta to explore an innovative titration system for drug detoxification, as she explains  After training and working in the fields...

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  Meeting...

Picture This

The day’s opening session heard a range of passionate presentations on the theme of getting your message across ‘I didn’t know how long I’d had hep...

It’s where you’re at…

Harm reduction should be about ‘meeting people where they’re at’, according to the recent HIT Hot topics conference. Jamie Bridge reports.     Last month HIT hosted...

Home secrets

With National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week held this month, Emma Spiegler urges us to tackle the silence, secrecy and stigma faced by many...

Harm Reduction International Conference

This year's Harm Reduction International Conference in Lithuania brought together delegates from across the globe to discuss the need to provide sufficient political and...

Brink of success

Social entrepreneur of the year Jacquie Johnston-Lynch talks to DDN about risk, determination and the new challenges facing the recovery movement.  It was on a...

Beyond conviction

Having a drug-related conviction can spell exclusion from many professions. Nicola Inge of Business in the Community talks to DDN about breaking down barriers...

Turning the tables

People with drug and alcohol problems can be used to a cycle of punishment and low self-esteem. Kaleidoscope used a recovery awards event to reverse...

Service user involvement

Keep it real! The exhibition area was a vibrant bustle of networking all day as service user groups shared information on their activities. What did...

Cycling for recovery

The ultimate challenge John Lowes takes us with him on a very personal journey Today I walked two miles, swam one mile, cycled 20 miles...

Hepatitis C : new hope, old problems

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE  People with hepatitis C in the UK have a greater chance of being cured now than at any other point in the history...

Kaleidoscope’s – The Big Debate

Chaired by Adele Blakebrough, The Big Debate was the evening event of Kaleidoscope’s conference on women’s issues. The panel included politicians – Kirstie Williams,...

Skills update

What’s the latest on professional training? Nadine Singh explains the DANOS review. Skills for Health is undertaking a review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS)...

Room at the table?

‘I will never make apologies for being emotive about something that affects us all,’ said Noreen Oliver MBE, opening Creating Recovery, The Recovery Group...

The Buddhist way

The practice of mindfulness can be a powerful tool in preventing relapse and supporting recovery, says Dr Paramabandhu Groves. Mindfulness has been a cornerstone of Buddhist...

All in a day’s work – DDN 10 year special

Many things have changed over the last decade for the DDN team – staff, premises, and even the introduction of canine office mascots. But...