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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...

March 7, 2014: The quarterbacks of the new anti-drugs movement
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A member of the Kennedy political dynasty, Patrick Kennedy was a chief sponsor of the seminal 2008 US Mental Health Parity Act, which required most insurance plans to cover the treatment of mental illnesses on an equitable level to physical...

February 9, 2014: Duran Duran’s John Taylor appointed patron of Mount Carmel
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John Taylor, cofounder of Duran Duran, has accepted the role of Patron of Mount Carmel, the south London alcohol treatment centre. John’s years in the music business and his 19 years in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction are graphically...

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.

January 9, 2014: PHE: £10million capital funding
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All recovery-focused adult drug and alcohol treatment services across England are entitled to bid for a share of this 2013/14 funding. Due to the very late notice of funding, local authorities can carry projects over into the 2014/15 budget year....

January 6, 2014: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES TO PREPARE FOR IN 2014
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Leading personalities in the field of addiction treatment and recovery share some of their expert, inside information to help you identify and thus prepare for major developments which could affect you in the year ahead. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday146 -...

December 19, 2013: Transforming Rehabilitation - 30 bidders shortlisted for contracts
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Download PQQ Shortlist. 30 bidders passed the first stage of the competition to win the regional rehabilitation contracts. The list includes a diverse mix of private and voluntary sector partnerships with over 50 organisations represented - from charities experienced in...

October 23, 2013: Parliamentary question: benzos
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... and response from prime minister Q4.[Hansard, 900621] Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab/Co-op): A total of 1.5million people in the UK are addicted to the benzoates diazepam and “Z drugs”. I know of one individual who has been on...

October 17, 2013: Ripper victim will show how "you can"
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Inspirational writer and speaker Richard McCann is lending his support to a Yalding charity as they launch a new campaign on 19 November titled You can with Kenward. In 1975, one week before his sixth birthday, Richard’s mother became the...

September 27, 2013: Eulogy - Dr William Glasser, founder of Reality Therapy
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by John Brickell Dr William Glasser, world-renowned psychiatrist, author, and creator of both Reality Therapy and Choice Theory Psychology, has passed away peacefully at the age of 88. Surrounded by his wife Carleen and family members at his home in...

September 2, 2013: TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP:
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WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST At ARF we are enthusiastic fans of the life-changing opportunities for medical and health workers (yes, that includes anyone working to help addicts recover) to go on Travelling Fellowships funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust....

September 2, 2013: CHARITY ENTERS NEW ERA:
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CONSOLIDATES, GROWS As the Addiction Recovery Foundation prepares to celebrate 25 years of charitable work early next year, it has not rested on its laurels: instead, it called on the services of a nationally-renowned management consultant to rigorously review its...

September 2, 2013: ADDICTS' ORCHESTRA
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Addicts Orchestra is a new and ambitious television project for Channel 4 which will look at the challenge of addiction through musical creativity. It is seeking orchestra members now! Tel: 020-77665247 http://www.facebook.com/AddictsOrchestra @AddictsOrchestr

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,...

September 2, 2013: PRESCRIBING DRUGS: FIRST DO NO HARM
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In the second part of our cover story, Dr James Davies shares his controversial but factual presentation at the parliamentary event chaired by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday144-Prescription drugs-addiction,poisoning Parts 1 and 3 of the cover...

June 27, 2013: TTP BUILDS ON STRONG FOUNDATIONS FOR FURTHER GROWTH
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Tom Kirkwood, who recently resigned as TTP’s Chief Executive of Strategic Development in order to pursue other interests, has left the company in a position of unprecedented strength as the UK’s leading treatment provider. He was one of the organisation’s...

May 28, 2013: CREDENTIALLED ‘LIVED EXPERIENCE’ – AN OXYMORON?
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Peer support, recognition of the value of people sharing lived experience with others, has saved countless lives and is experiencing great renewed interest from public-health officials across the globe. Kristie Schmiege elevates it further. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday142 - Credential...

April 29, 2013: JOIN THE LARGEST DRUG/ALCOHOL-RECOVERY CONFERENCE IN EUROPE:
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9, 10, 11 MAY 2013 Over 60 worldclass experts in how to recover from addiction will share their knowledge and expertise with attendees at over 40 presentations. UKESAD is the only training event in the UK and Europe which has...

March 12, 2013: Addiction to crime: Huffington Post
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The recent Addiction Today article on addiction to crime has been picked up by the Huffington Post and its millions of readers - read today. (Addiction Today ed: Deirdre Boyd)

March 4, 2013: DRUG TESTING: LATEST TRENDS
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Drug testing has returned to the news recently – but how up to date are you? What drugs are most commonly found in the workplace? What are the three major technological developments in drug testing? What is the law about...

January 29, 2013: DRUG-RELATED DEATHS: A DIFFERENT WAY OF COUNTING MEANS NO COMPARISONS CAN BE MADE TO THE PAST
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“Figures quoted in the [November 2012] Addiction Today article, The NTA annual report dossier, give the impression that drug-related deaths increased significantly over the last decade. In fact, deaths due to drug misuse in England declined, from 1,510 in 2000...

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...

November 26, 2012: FACES AND VOICES OF RECOVERY
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Recovery coaching, recovery community organisations, and programmes providing peer-recovery support services are beginning to take shape here in the UK. We chat with pioneer Tom Hill to pick the best ideas and campaigns. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday139 - Faces &...

November 20, 2012: THE NTA ANNUAL-REPORT DOSSSIER
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The final annual report from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse paints a colourful picture. Deirdre Boyd translates the wording to bring readers a clearer view of reality so that future decisions are not based on flawed foundations. Print-friendly...

November 16, 2012: SILENT VOICES: SUPPORT CHILDREN
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AFFECTED BY PARENTAL SUBSTANCE MISUSE Children’s commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson has published a report on how children are affected by their parents’ heavy drinking, and urges that its vital recommendations be acted on before they lose their childhoods. Print-friendly version:...

September 25, 2012: EURAD NEWS
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by secretary general Fay Watson Earlier this summer, we were very pleased to announce that the Addiction Recovery Foundation, the charity which publishes Addiction Today journal, had become an affiliate of Europe Against Drugs. This is an important collaboration for...