Resources Corner: Focus on family

The 5-Step Method offers services a valuable tool for working with relatives, says George Allan. Few would disagree that adult family members of people with...

Legal eye: ‘How can we show CQC that we provide exit pathways?’

Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions. 'We have received criticism for not providing clear patient pathways on exit from our residential treatment service....

Trauma of war

In Germany, refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan already traumatised by war and upheaval are seeking treatment for substance dependence. What are the...

Resources Corner: The essential skills

From the many books on addiction, George Allan selects a guide that makes a worthy handbook for both students and experienced workers. From confessional memoirs...

Healing the hurt: Tackling painkiller addiction

Taking painkillers can mask issues that are nothing to do with physical pain, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Like many modern GP group practices, ours has...

Legal: Can I challenge results of CQC?

Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions. Can I challenge the results of our CQC inspection? And if so, how? Nicole answers: As previously reported in...

A chance to breathe: the case for e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes could be the biggest public health intervention of our lifetime, says Dr Chris Ford. Slightly ambivalent about the conference theme, I went to speak...

The human touch

Looking for insight into addiction treatment, George Allan finds evidence and empathy in the work of Bill Miller In the 1970s, a number of psychologists...

The end, my friend

Dr Steve Brinksman calls for kindness and compassion in palliative care. Most of us don’t like to think about dying and we are probably even...

Put on the spot

Launching his new monthly Behind the stats column for DDN, Russell Webster looks at the inventive business of getting drugs into prison I always remember...