International Recovery Month closes – guest blog by Annemarie Ward

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Now in its 25th year, international Recovery Month raises awareness of substance use disorders and promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Throughout September thousands of people across the UK have organised local events celebrating the fact that recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a lived reality in […]

Power and powerlessness in addiction and recovery

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In the third part of my interview with Tom, a doctor in recovery, he explains how the 12-step programme is at the heart of his recovery. You’ve said a bit about the things that made sense for you when you started going to Cocaine Anonymous meetings, but were there any down sides? There wasn’t much […]

Naloxone as a bridge to recovery

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Yesterday at the Scottish Recovery Walk I spotted folk wearing Take Home Naloxone tee shirts. Recovery and harm reduction were on the march together, just as it should be. Jason Schwarz blogged last week, welcoming increasing availability of Naloxone in Michigan, but poses ‘the big question’: What comes after the overdose rescue? Are these people […]

From flip-flops to Doc Martens – the Scottish Recovery Walk 2014

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  A day to go until an historic moment in Edinburgh – the first time Auld Reekie hears the footfall of recovering people, marching down the ancient Royal Mile in a massive group. From flip-flops to Doc Martens, decibels of energy will resonate off the cobbles, demonstrating the sure footedness that people have in their recoveries. Welcome […]

Recovery in the capital – 3 days to go!

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There are only three days to go now until the Royal Mile sees something it has never seen before – hundreds of recovering people marching from near the Castle to Holyrood Park by the Palace and the Parliament. What a demonstration of hope and it is a visual representation of the recovery revolution happening in […]

Spice, Kryptonite, Black Mamba – legal high marketing

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That the market for ‘legal highs’, or more accurately, new psychoactive substances (NPS) has grown there is no doubt. What’s also growing, in terms of sophistication and technique, is the marketing of these products. With NPS, things are changing so fast that the research is well behind what’s happening in real time. Business is way […]

Accepting the unacceptable – Scotland and alcohol

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Yesterday I was trapped in a sealed container for fifteen minutes with six very drunk and out of control men. It was an alarming experience. The container was an underground train. It was a Glasgow Underground train. Oddly enough, the last time I travelled on the Subway in Glasgow (last month) I was in the […]