August’s top five addiction and recovery blogs

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August draws to a close and autumn is upon us but the blogs remain. What were August’s top five addiction and recovery blogs? Well, three were summaries of research papers, one was about stigma and the last was about a social phenomenon that’s truly remarkable – currently happening in Scotland with almost no comment. Does […]

Quetiapine abuse

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Quetiapine (often branded as Seroquel) is an antipsychotic drug used for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It’s also prescribed off-license in the UK for anxiety. That means that a fair few people with alcohol and other drug dependence end up on it. Recent experience makes me wonder if prescribers are as aware of the risks as they […]

Not 12-step or SMART – 12-step AND SMART

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What value could there possibly be in getting people with social and brain impairment together to help each other without any sort of professional involvement? John F Kelly and Bill White suggest this could be interpreted as ‘the blind leading the blind.’As it turns out, there’s quite a bit of merit in mutual aid with […]

Narcotics Anonymous for military veterans

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A few years back in a city far, far away, I asked a consultant addiction psychiatrist why he did not refer any of his patients to NA. “There’s not a shred of evidence that it works,” he said. Even then he was misinformed, but I’ve thought many times since then about how his patients were […]

UK Recovery Walk 2014

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This weekend we were looking at the forthcoming Scottish Recovery Walk, but even as we in Scotland prepare to vote on whether to secede from the Union, there can’t be any among us who wouldn’t be able to put politics aside and walk in the UK Recovery Walk 2014 next month. It’s taking place in […]

Yet another recovery resource

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If I didn’t actually work then I might be able to blog about all of the amazing research, comment, opinion and inspiration about recovery that drops into my inbox every week. I try to shape Recovery Review to be a useful recovery resource, but as it is I only scratch the surface. It’s one of my […]

More unmissable addiction and recovery resources

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I posted a few months back on some essential blogs and news sites around addiction and recovery. I’ve reposted my favourites and added a few more in an update. Feel free to add your own selections in the comments below. What websites will help folk recover from addiction? There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of blogs […]

Recovery Walk Scotland 2014 – be there!

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  Kuladharini, CEO of the Scottish Recovery Consortium, guest blogs for Recovery Review As the confetti canon explodes at 10am sharp on Saturday 27th September, Recovery Walk Scotland 2014 will make a jubilant, tuneful progress down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, past the Scottish Parliament and into Holyrood Park. Last year over 800 people took […]