Treatment agency 'open days' May 2009

Join in a series of 'open days' or half days throughout May, when addiction-treatment providers, referrers and commissioeinrs can visit each other and learn from service users. They will welcome the general public, raising awareness of the services available across the UK for people needing help to recover from alcohol, drug and other addictions/depencencies.

Let the world know about your work, chat with your Daat, and meet organisations with which you work or wish to forge partnerships.

Participate in Misuse & Addictions Week: where to get help in May 2009. You can simply reschedule a planned open day to this week, or create a focused event to help meet your strategic/business plan and targets.

This is the second year of this new initiative from the substance-misuse treatment field, which was supported from the start by the Home Office.

Organised via the multi-approach Unity group of treatment agencies (cofounded by the Addiction Recovery Foundation), it alsos also working for support from the National Treatment Agency, as some of the most successful events last year were those involving Drug/Alcohol Action Teams.


The UN Office on Drugs & Crime launches campaigns to raise awareness of drugs and crime problems – and on 26 June every year, it marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.  Misuse & Addictions Month: where to get help raises awareness of this ensuing event.   

To use UNODC materials to start a discussion on drugs, how children can stand up to peer pressure and more  – simply click here.


To gain immediate publicity, all you need do is give brief details on this linked page. Within 24 hours, you will be featured on the website. You can add more details later.

When you register your event, you will also receive by email the contact details of media in your local area. In an excel format, this will save your organisation days of labour, and can be used to garner publicity for your service.


Over 40 organisations participated in Misuse & Addictions Week 2007 and 2008, and their early commitment and enthusiasm are to be lauded. These include the following.

Action on Addiction, London and Wiltshire

Addaction-Thrift House, East Sussex

The Addiction Recovery Foundation, London

Adfam, London

ANA Portsmouth, with its local Dat, the Safer Portsmouth Partnership and First Step family and carers group

ARA-Addiction Recovery Agency, Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Partnership

Bedfordshire Drug Action Team

Bristol Drugs Project

Bristol Specialist Drug & Alcohol Service

Broadway Lodge, Somerset

CAAD Project, Bristol

Doncaster Drug Strategy Unit

Drug & Alcohol Service Haringey (NHS)


Ellesmere Port Drug & Alcohol Service

Haringey Drug/Alcohol Action Team

Haga-Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol

Intuition Foundation, Bromley, Kent

Lampton Court, Devon

Lynwode Manor and Linwood Group

Minor Tranquilliser Project, Camden

MKDAT, Milton Keynes

Nelson Trust, Gloucestershire

New Beginnings, Doncaster

Norcas, Suffolk

Open Road Visions, Essex

Phoenix Futures: Brighton Family Service, and the residential services in Wirral, Hampshire, Sheffield and London

St James Priory Project, Bristol

Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners trust – Island day programme, Tower Hamlets

The Recovery Network.

TTP Counselling, Luton

VIA Group, Somerset

Western Counselling, Weston-super-Mare.

25th March 2009

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