Current Affairs

July 14, 2014: ‘Legal’ highs – what you need to know
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So-called legal highs are as harmful and as addictive as illegal drugs – but information is minimal or inaccurate. Professor Fabrizio Schifano keeps readers in the loop Print-friendly pdf: Download Intervene150-Legal highs-Fabrizio Schifano Over the last 10 years, novel psychoactive...

July 14, 2014: Smart drugs or smart drug marketing?
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Irresponsible marketing of drugs as ‘smart’, ‘new’ or ‘designer’ has led a new generation to believe that the old rules of addictive behaviour do not apply to them – the scientific and medical community has sat passively on the side...

June 23, 2014: THE ECONOMICS OF CRIME: a discipline to be invented?
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Antonio Maria Costa served an unprecedented two terms as director general of the United Nations Office in Vienna and executive director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Here he proposes a Nobel Prize for the best understanding...

May 21, 2014: A personal and social model of recovery
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We now have the tools to measure not only personal recovery from addiction, but also recovery readiness in communities – David Best writes from the cutting-edge of research underpinning practice. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene 3 - 149 - Personal &...

May 13, 2014: Breaking the stigma of recovery
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It can be risky to highlight household-name celebrities who are in recovery – in case a relapse affects followers – but we break the rules for the first time in our 25-year history. Why? The people in our cover story...

May 8, 2014: I drink, therefore I am:
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the UK’s alcohol dependence Want to find statistics on alcohol in the UK? And to put them in context? Professor Mark Griffiths BSc, PhD, CPsychol, PGDipHE, FBPsS, FRSA does the work and brings you his findings. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene...

February 9, 2014: MY RECOVERY JOURNEY:
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MY RECOVERY JOURNEY: A PERSONAL STORY by John Taylor. Music phenomenon and author of In The Pleasure Groove, John Taylor moved from the excesses of success to loneliness and depression, through the tough paths of recovery, to the joy of building relationships with family and friends.

November 6, 2013: Letter to MP from a parent
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The following is a letter to Richard Graham MP from a parent who attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children and Cannabis. Scroll down for his reply. Gloucester, 22 October 2013 Dear Mr Graham, Yesterday, I attended...

October 30, 2013: MAKE TIME FOR CHANGE
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Last June, magistrate Yvonne Davies was forced from her job because she pleaded with a cannabis grower to mend his illegal ways. In October, she had an opportunity to update concerned parents at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cannabis and...

September 2, 2013: PRESCRIBING DRUGS: FIRST DO NO HARM
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In July, Addiction Dependency Solutions held a “seminal event” in parliament chaired by the shadow health secretary, to take action on addiction to prescription drugs. Tom Whiting reports in the first of a three-part cover story. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday144-Prescription...

September 2, 2013: 5,000 WOMEN POISONED EACH YEAR
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BY BENZODIAZEPINES, 8,500 BY SSRIs* Attention on illicit drugs has deflected focus from the gigantic scale of harms by legal, prescribed drugs. We give you the official figures for women admitted to hospital for drug poisonings*. Reporting by Deirdre Boyd,...

January 19, 2013: WHAT CHALLENGES MUST RECOVERY PROVIDERS PREPARE FOR IN 2013?
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High hopes raised by the Drug Policy 2010 have been dashed in implementation, rehabs are closing – and commissioning is changing with localism, Public Health England, Health & Wellbeing Boards, GP commissioning, Police & Crime Commissioners, Payment by Results... Starting...

January 19, 2013: WHAT CHALLENGES MUST RECOVERY PROVIDERS PREPARE FOR IN 2013?
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High hopes raised by the Drug Policy 2010 have been dashed in implementation, rehabs are closing – and commissioning is changing with localism, Public Health England, Health & Wellbeing Boards, GP commissioning, Police & Crime Commissioners, Payment by Results... Deirdre...

January 19, 2013: WHAT CHALLENGES MUST RECOVERY PROVIDERS PREPARE FOR IN 2013?
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High hopes raised by the Drug Policy 2010 have been dashed in implementation, rehabs are closing – and commissioning is changing with localism, Public Health England, Health & Wellbeing Boards, GP commissioning, Police & Crime Commissioners, Payment by Results... Tessa...

January 19, 2013: WHAT CHALLENGES MUST WE PREPARE FOR IN 2013?
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High hopes raised by the Drug Policy 2010 have been dashed in implementation, rehabs are closing – and commissioning is changing with localism, Public Health England, Health & Wellbeing Boards, GP commissioning, Police & Crime Commissioners, Payment by Results... Laura...

September 15, 2012: COALITION'S DRUGS LEGACY...
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...IS UNLIKELY TO BE RECOVERY by Kathy Gyngell* of the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank No one in their right mind would give an alcoholic alcohol to cure their addiction. Yet this approach has been used to treat drug addiction...

February 1, 2012: ARF REPRESENTS THE UK IN EUROPEAN MUTUAL-AID NETWORK OF OVER 1MILLION PEOPLE
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After months of liaison, Addiction Recovery Foundation ambassador-at-large Laura Graham went to Brussels in January to meet with the Board of EMNA, the European Mutual-Help Network for Alcohol Related Problems. Their meeting concluded in success, achieving the final step of...

January 16, 2012: PREVENTION MUST BE PUT INTO CONTEXT
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A common definition of prevention is “educating youth to abstain” – but this is doubly erroneous, explains Peter Stoker. First, all age groups can benefit. Second, education is only part of a process which also encompasses knowledge, attitudes and behaviour....

January 15, 2012: PREPARE FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF 2012
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Leading personalities in the field of addiction treatment and recovery use their insights and inside information to predict what they consider will be the major opportunities and threats of the year to come. Prepare now. Print-friendly version: Download Addiction Today...

November 21, 2011: REHABS - NOVEMBER 2011 SNAPSHOT
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On 7 November 2011 with a deadline of 11 November 2011, Concordat members were emailed the question “How could/does NDTMS* artificially lower your successful completion rates?”. The overwhelming trend was patients waiting too long for referrals to rehab, during which...

August 31, 2011: GRASSROOTS RECOVERY:POCKETS OF GROWTH IN BARREN GROUND
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The oft-quoted recovery researcher, writer and advocate William White interviewed Laura Graham about UK grassroots recovery support and advocacy.Our definitive guide offers a wealth of resources. WW: Recovery advocacy movements can be difficult to track at a global level. They...

July 2, 2011: PSYCHIATRISTS: PROGRESSING AT DIFFERENT SPEEDS TO UNDERSTAND RECOVERY
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The Addictions Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists held its annual conference in May. Laura Graham listened to psychiatrists’ advances in understanding and treating additions. Praise is due to Dr Alison Battersby and Dr Francis Keaney who organised this...

June 9, 2010: THE 'SCIENTIFIC CITIZEN'
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THE DANGER OF UNQUESTIONING 'TRUST' by Kathy Gyngell Read the full article here. Summary below. Was anyone else more than a little disturbed by Professor Martin Rees' call in his Reith Lecture for public policy choices "to be leveraged by...

May 2, 2010: "STOP THE TOP": NTA RESPONSE... VS THE EVIDENCE
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Dr Jason Luty revealed research in the March 2010 issue of Addiction Today showing that the National Treatment Agency’s Top Treatment Outcome Profile form is “criminally invalid”. The NTA’s Colin Bradbury gives his defence below - and Addiction Today editor...

May 1, 2010: WHO WILL TREAT THE YOUNG ADDICTS?
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MEPHEDRONE TOLL MOUNTS In February, the UK’s only rehab for 11-18 year olds was finally forced to shut its doors. Within a month, mephedrone washed over these shores like a tsunami, producing a rising flood of addicted teens – with...

March 14, 2010: NOT SMART: GUARDIAN MISQUOTES
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Dr Joe Gerstein, founding president of Smart Recovery USA, was misquoted in the Guardian newspaper on 10 March as attacking AA - and the story was carried across the Atlantic to JoinTogether. He puts the record straight through Laura Graham...

February 27, 2010: "TEEN REHAB SLAIN BY STATE ORTHODOXY AND TARGET TYRANNY"
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"I would be dead without Middlegate," a 17-year old former resident of Middlegate told Kathy Gyngell. "I had nowhere to go psychologically, no future. I needed to be shown that my life would be better without drugs. That is what...

February 25, 2010: BREAKTHROUGH TO RECOVERY
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As the country awaits a new government, can we hope for improvement in guiding desperate, vulnerable people towards true recovery from addiction? The Conservative Party adopted 70 policies, and Labour 39 policies, from the Centre for Social Justice, founded by...

January 7, 2010: CLOSURE OF ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROMPTS JUDICIAL REVIEW
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PATIENT CHOICE IS DENIED The closure of an abstinence-based alcohol treatment course has triggered a threat of judicial review by activists who fear the health service is cutting back on funding for the independent sector within the NHS, reports Owen...

January 6, 2010: MYTHBUSTERS: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN THE ACMD AND THE MEDIA
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When Professor David Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary for arguing against government policy on drug classification, he stated that his proposals were based on scientific evidence. Professor Andy Parrott goes mythbusting. It has been highly publicised across the...