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...

Power of ten

The opening session of the tenth DDN service user conference, One Life, mixed stark reflections on drug-related deaths and budget cuts with powerful exhortations...

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...

Burden of grief

Helping families through the guilt and anger of losing a loved one can be gruelling for practitioners. Esther Harries looks at how to be...

Competent compassion in services

We’ve lost that loving feeling How can we refocus drug and alcohol services on competent compassion, asks Dr Joss Bray The situation in drug and alcohol...

CZAR GAZING – So how are we doing?

As deputy drug czar for the Blair government, Mike Trace oversaw the expansion of today’s drug and alcohol treatment system. In the second of...

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...

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...

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...

The power of connection

A sensitive approach can be a lifeline to women whose lives revolve around drugs and sex work, as DDN reports. ‘Without these guys I probably...