Legal highs and Cocaine Anonymous: both growing

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Legal Highs, now more accurately called Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPSs), or simply ‘new drugs’ are on the radar. They are on the radar not just of Rab and Kirsty down on the High Street who can find them next door to Tesco Metro, but also on the radar of their families, of treatment services, of […]

Tramadol Abuse

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Drug treatment used to seem so simple. Clients had a drug of choice, lets say alcohol, heroin or cocaine, and they came to treatment for help for that drug. Now they have a drug of choice AND whatever medication they are being prescribed. Treatment is suddenly so much more complicated. Those drugs are things like pregabalin, […]

Methadone and 12-step

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Given the dearth of research on NA populations this study from Bill White and colleagues is welcome. Knowing what we do already from the research on mutual aid groups, the researchers made the reasonable assumption that clients on ORT attending 12-step mutual aid were likely to achieve to higher levels of abstinence (no illicit drugs or alcohol) […]

Getting plugged in makes you well

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Loneliness and isolation are best mates of addiction. Of course, it’s not just those with addictions who suffer from loneliness. Professor John Cacioppo presented recently at a conference in Chicago, pointing out that that the impact of loneliness on premature death ‘is nearly as strong as the impact of disadvantaged socioeconomic status’ – and that variable increases risk by 19%. […]

Naloxone: route to recovery?

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The Fix has an article on peer-based naloxone programmes. Although by no means universally welcomed in the USA, the initiatives are gaining ground in some areas and they can be very effective: “Vernon Lewis was drinking with friends in an alley when he noticed that one of his companions had stopped breathing and was turning blue. The situation might […]

Scratching that recovery itch

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You get an itch and you need to scratch it. Different itches need different scratches. Sometimes an itch is so itchy that it needs a blog to scratch it. This blog is my response to the itchiest of itches. I read a lot of papers and articles on addiction and recovery. A lot of the […]