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...

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...

‘By our silence we let others define us’

In the run-up to the UK Recovery Walk this month, Annemarie Ward looks at how far the charity has come and where it’s heading  The...

Still going strong

Now one of the oldest abstinence-based treatment centres in the UK, Broadway Lodge is celebrating 40 years of offering treatment for a variety of...

Spanning the years

Recently retired substance misuse manager for Bristol City Council, Sue Bandcroft, reflects on decades of change in the sector.  ‘There’s nothing like the sun shining to...

Doing it for ourselves

Forget looking to government and corporations for answers to social problems. The answers lie in harnessing the strength within our recovery community, say...

Semantic challenge

The language of new drugs can be unhelpful at best and risky at worst. Kevin Flemen offers a guide Our KFx training course Cats, Bees...

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...

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...

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....

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 –...

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?...

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...

Reaching out

The Reach Out festival in Bristol aimed to raise awareness of carers affected by loved ones’ substance misuse. DHI’s Richard Brookes reports. For every person...

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...

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...

Getting a fix on figures

Just how closely linked are drug misuse and acquisitive crime statistics? ‘Drinking sensibly, never doing drugs – is this the age of the young puritan?’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Through 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...

The long game

Against the backdrop of round after round of ‘winner takes all’ retendering, Dr Gordon Morse calls for commissioners to consider evolution over revolution There can’t be...

Catch them early

This year’s SMMGP and RCGP conference brought GPs, frontline workers, commissioners and service users together to explore the topics of prevention and early intervention...

Danish lessons

Denmark’s initiatives to tackle drug-related deaths could give valuable pointers to reshaping drug policy in the UK, says Blaine Stothard As part of his programme of international...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A sense of purpose

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a perfect match for the recovery model, says Mark Webster  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, is the first...

Home front

Housing association chief executive Ron Dougan tells DDN's David Gilliver about the close links his organisation has established with the treatment sector, and how...

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...

50 gent

As Blenheim celebrates its 50th anniversary, chief executive John Jolly talks to David Gilliver about the organisation’s future direction and some of the risks...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Facing the challenge

The focus of the morning’s panel discussion was the ‘challenges to making it happen’  ‘Scripts should be available whenever anyone needs them – if the...

Getting it in perspective

Delegates at the afternoon’s opening session heard a range of personal viewpoints from six very different speakers ‘My perspective is based on 49 years living...

Flying the flag

Make It Happen!’s opening session heard from representatives of three service user-driven organisations ‘I’m a recovering addict,’ Sophie Strachan of Positively UK told delegates at...

The state we’re in

Paul Anders shares some key findings from, and the thinking behind, the Recovery Partnership’s State of the sector 2013 report.  Drug treatment in the UK...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Open market

How easy is it to have any drug you want delivered to your door with no questions asked? This and other issues raised at...

Hep van man

With hepatitis C still massively under-prioritised, DDN hears how The Hepatitis C Trust’s testing van is taking services out on the road. ‘It probably adds up...

Expert opinion

Analytical chemist Dr John Ramsey of TIC TAC is the media’s go-to man for an authoritative voice on new psychoactive substances. He talks to DDN's David...

Review of the year 2013

DDN looks back on a year that saw the drug treatment landscape transformed with the end of the NTA and the advent of Public...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 fine balance

In the October issue of DDN, Philippe Bonnet spoke passionately about his campaign for drug consumption rooms in the UK. Here, Ingrid van Beek...

A step ahead

Chief executive of the award-winning Broadway Lodge, Brian Dudley, talks to DDN about the importance of providing specialist care and dispelling preconceptions about the...

A common thread

Tony Bullock, Dr Samantha Weston and Dr Aliko Ahmed explain how the new focus on public health is an opportunity to involve...

Getting real

The ‘dream drug’ ketamine can bring its users face to face with some stark realities that aren’t readily understood by health professionals. Mat...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Life-saving knowledge

 Launching our DDN good practice exchange, Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative. The Wallich...

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...

Into the matrix

Editor Mike Ashton gives a guided tour of Findings' new matrices, which offer a vast resource of addiction treatment evidence that no practitioner should be without.  The...

Spreading roots

How do you make recovery visible and relevant to a diverse community? Ashley Gibson of the Unity Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service shares Cumbria’s...

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...

A vision to serve

At an event organised by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum, the challenge of not losing sight of the individual in the new...

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...

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...

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....

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)...

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...

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...

Homepage Features Tab

Don’t miss any of the latest magazine features Going Public The UK’s public health bodies have added their voices to the call for decriminalisation.     Cry For Help Painkiller...

Support. Don’t punish

On 26 June 2013 – the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – 26 cities around the world came together to...

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...

Obituary

Peter McDermott remembers friend and colleague, Alan Joyce It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of Alan Joyce. I first came across Alan...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A clear focus

Although minimum pricing didn’t make the Queen’s Speech this time around, Alcohol Concern chief executive Eric Appleby tells David Gilliver how it’s helping to frame...

Nothing to declare

In the fourth part of his personal story, Mark Dempster pushes his luck to the limits abroad and comes home for a dose of...

Dead or alive

Can reducing the ‘dead space’ in injecting equipment save lives, asks Jamie Bridge. For the more than 100,000 people who inject drugs in the UK,...

Hep C Positive

Positive Action As NHS reforms put the future of hepatitis C services in the UK in question, Phil Spalding tells Kayleigh Hutchins how the Hep...

Joining the dots

This year’s GPs’ conference had the tricky task of linking primary care to each element of the new and uncertain public health agenda, while...

Psychoactive challenge

Knowing enough about each novel psychoactive compound that emerges in time to help clients can feel like an impossible task. Kevin Flemen gives a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nothing to declare

In the third part of his personal story, Mark Dempster tries his luck with smuggling hash and finds some unsavoury new ‘friends’. Terrorist Brian had been...

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...

Nothing to declare

In the second part of his personal story, Mark Dempster leaves for London, takes tips from a terrorist and heads towards the ‘big time’.  It didn’t take me long...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Come Together

This year’s exhibition area was a thriving hub of activity, with a colourful array of stands from service user groups and services. The Shenanigans...

working it out

Four lively workshops saw delegates debate healthcare, user groups, media and enterprise.  Doctor’s orders. The right to treatment workshop heard from GPs and service users on...

Getting it right

Representatives from the NTA, general practice and service user activism set out their priorities for the new treatment system in the dynamic opening session...

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...

A healthy attitude

Alan Maryon Davis has spent his life in the public health arena. As Public Health England prepares to oversee drug and alcohol service provision, he talks to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The last word

 As the UKDPC wraps up its work, Roger Howard looks back on six years of helping drug policy become ‘fitter for purpose’ and considers...

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...

Be The Change

Why should you be at the national service user involvement conference this year? DDN answers your questions     What is ‘Be the Change’? Be the Change is...

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...

What’s in a name?

  NDTMS data set J could mean more than just a new way of saying the same thing, argue Jan Hernen and Dr Christopher Whiteley We...

Survival strategies

  Annette Dale-Perera talks to David Gilliver about the challenges facing NHS treatment providers, and how the sector should be responding to a new era Annette...

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...

‘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....

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...

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...

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...

Body of evidence

The UKDPC’s final conference saw politicians, policymakers, commentators and media representatives gather to discuss where next for drug policy. DDN reports ‘We need a new...

Adfam/ DDN conference ‘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....

Man of principle

Principal officer at the Police Federation, George Gallimore, talks to David Gilliver about how PCCs could affect the relationship between the criminal justice and treatment...

Is Scotland closer to a consensus on drug treatment?

Scotland’s latest set of drug death statistics made for grim reading and triggered a war of words in parliament and the press. But could...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The last taboo

More support – and understanding – is needed for victims of violence and abuse perpetrated by their children, says Oliver Standing. In the last quarter...

Spreading the evidence

Grace Ball discusses how the UK recovery movement is continuing to evolve, and reports back from the UK Recovery Academy’s recent Manchester conference. These are...

New era for CQC regulation

A lot has changed since the advent of the CQC and there are more changes on the way. David Finney explains what services can...

Joining forces

New partnership-led training aims to help victims of domestic abuse incidents where substances are an issue, says Cat Payne Domestic abuse victims with substance misuse...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...