Research

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...

January 14, 2014: PRIMARY CARE & LONG-TERM RECOVERY
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For GPs and their colleagues, guiding a patient towards recovery is challenged by questions. Is abstinence a goal of treatment or an imperative? Should alcohol addiction be treated as a disease or a lifestyle choice? What is recovery? Howard Marsden-Hughes...

January 7, 2014: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION – AND IMPLICATIONS TO TREAT CHILDHOOD ABUSE
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There is an enormous lack of understanding of the mental and physical health damage caused by childhood sexual and/or physical abuse – including its aftermath’s role in victims becoming dependent on substances. Sue Cox brings us up to date with...

September 23, 2013: "More hands-on management of alcoholism does not guarantee abstinence"
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Saitz and co-authors conducted a randomised trial among 563 people with alcohol and other drug dependence to investigate whether chronic care management improves substance use outcomes compared with usual primary care. The media headline above for the study in JAMA...

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,...

June 27, 2013: FROM MALIGNANT SHAME TO RESILIENCE: FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY
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Betty Ford Institute past president Dr Garrett O’Connor shares discoveries from decades of experience on how to recover from addiction: the role of shame, resilience, spirituality and survival in mending broken people, commonalities with survivors of Auschwitz, training doctors –...

June 26, 2013: CHILDHOOD ABUSE IS LINKED WITH FOOD ADDICTION IN ADULT WOMEN
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Addiction-recovery therapists have been aware of it for years – now a study of 57,321 women supports their trauma-related approach, after ascertaining physical and sexual childhood abuse histories in 2001 and current food addiction in 2009. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday143-food...

March 4, 2013: MINDFULNESS AND ADDICTION: SENDING OUT AN S.O.S
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Research exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness as a treatment for addictive gambling shows very promising demonstrable outcomes, as do clinical case studies, report Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon and Mark D Griffiths of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham...

March 4, 2013: IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ADDICTED TO COMMITTING CRIME?
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Detective-turned-addiction counsellor (and the model for Helen Mirren’s detective chief inspector character in Prime Suspect) Jacqueline Malton studied the phenomenon while at London South Bank University, and lists 11 possible addictive elements in criminal offending. Print-friendly version: Download Addictiontoday141-Addicted to...

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 21, 2013: AFTERCARE: A FUNDAMENTAL TENET IN ATTAINING LONG-TERM RECOVERY
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There must be a shift in the mentality towards treatment and aftercare, if long-term recovery is the desired outcome, urges Claire Calland, who queries “why is aftercare being forgotten?” and cites research on its effectiveness. “Those who did not participate...

January 21, 2013: RESEARCH: WHY TREATMENT PROVIDERS SHOULD PARTNER WITH UNIVERSITIES
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Partnerships between charities and universities are a win-win situation for both, writes Oscar D’Agnone. Universities can conduct outcome and other studies which providers cannot afford, while academics can recruit study participants and see their research translated into practice. Print-friendly version:...

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 9, 2012: 12-STEP FACILITATION REHABILITATION:
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SOME EVIDENCE OF EFFICACY Philip Todd summarises statistics on alcohol dependence as a public-health problem and shares some research on the efficacy and cost effectiveness of 12-step facilitation treatment in treating patients with severe alcohol problems. Print-friendly version, including graphs:...

July 19, 2012: DRINK GUIDELINES: CUT LIMITS, SAVE LIVES
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In March, the government announced a review of drinking guidelines for the first time in 15 years – since when the BBC and other media highlighted research showing that about 4,600 lives in England could be saved each year by...

July 8, 2012: ADDICTION TO PRESCRIBED DRUGS:
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SURVEY INDICATES ONLY FIVE AREAS PROVIDE HELP The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction has published a survey on the number of services which can detox patients from such addiction – the lack of which contradicts National Treatment Agency...

April 23, 2012: VITAL CHANGES NEEDED TO NDTMS DISCHARGE CODES
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CONCORDAT RECOMMENDATIONS RE OUTCOME DATA Easter Monday was not the most convenient deadline for rehabs to submit suggested changes which could affect their survival – and that of their vulnerable clients – to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse....

April 23, 2012: AUDIT BY UNIVERSITY SHOWS COMMUNITY CARE FAILING TO DELIVER RECOVERY
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“Addicts in part of West Yorkshire spend years in treatment schemes with limited chance of recovery,” stated the BBC. An audit of Calderdale Substance Misuse Services by Huddersfield University proves what we knew anecdotally: the lack of services leading to...

April 23, 2012: EMPIRICAL AWAKENING:
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THE NEW SCIENCE ON MUTUAL HELP – AND COST CONTROL Rigorous studies by the scientific community on the clinical and cost benefits of mutual-help groups – plus testing professional paths to encourage their use – mark 12-step groups moving from...

November 21, 2011: THE STATE OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT IN ENGLAND
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Patients are arriving at rehab to quit their addictions far sicker, frailer and more physically damaged (than less than five years ago), according to a report commissioned by the Addiction Recovery Foundation and completed by members of the Concordat of...

July 20, 2011: BENZO REPORTS 2011: CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
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Related story on National Addiction Centre and National Treatment Agency reports on Addiction to Medicine. Professor John Strang was lead author of the NAC report. Parliamentary question by Eric Ollerenshaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what interests...

July 20, 2011: ADDICTION TO OTC AND PRESCRIBED MEDICINES: UP A PRIMROSE PATH*
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Two reports on addiction to prescription and over-the-counter medicines have been created to help government develop policy and services – but they are fatally flawed, omitting critical drugs, ignoring treatment providers they were tasked to contact and hiding possibly 1.5million...

June 26, 2011: TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES MUST LOVE THIS CAMPAIGN
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Celebrities and millionaires with no history of addiction research or helping addicts to reclaim destroyed lives campaigned globally in June to make drugs even more available – citing reasons based on theory not fact. David Raynes tells the truth. Print-friendly...

June 19, 2011: BREAKING THE HABIT:
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STOP PUSHING DRUGS AND START PUSHING REHABS A paper by the Centre for Policy Studies grabbed headlines on TV, radio and press at the end of June – revealing a £3.6billion cost to taxpayers of keeping addicts dependent on drugs...

May 28, 2011: ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS IN THE RIGHT WAY
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Treatment research has been asking the wrong questions in the wrong way, resulting in “disappointingly negative results”, reveals a paper* by Jim Orford. We summarise the need for a “paradigm shift” in research on psychological treatments for addiction, and a...

May 27, 2011: RESIDENTIAL REHAB BRIEFING
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by THE CONCORDAT OF PROVIDERS OF FULL RECOVERY May 2011 CONTENTS / AGENDA 1 Introduction: What residential rehabs offer 2 Evidence base for outcomes 3 Costs: cost of rehab, cost of patients prior to/ not going to rehab, added value...

May 27, 2011: RESIDENTIAL REHAB BRIEFING: Introduction
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by THE CONCORDAT OF PROVIDERS OF FULL RECOVERY Click Residential Rehab Briefing for Contents list of all 6 sections. Or Download Residential Rehab Core Briefing May 2011 1. INTRODUCTION: WHAT REHABS OFFER. Residential rehab’ (rehabilitation) – offering addicts a 4-52...

May 27, 2011: RESIDENTIAL REHAB BRIEFING: Evidence base
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by THE CONCORDAT OF PROVIDERS OF FULL RECOVERY Click Residential Rehab Briefing for Contents list of all 6 sections. Or Download Residential Rehab Core Briefing May 2011 2. EVIDENCE BASE. There is a paucity of research about residential rehab in...