Technology and recovery part 1 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Technology and Substance Misuse Prevention For many who experience drug or alcohol related difficulties the first port of call will often be Google or another search engine to find a diagnosis or a directory of services. Access to the internet has transformed the ways in which we live our lives, particularly in terms of our […]

Why many in recovery are dying of addiction

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How many recovering people smoke cigarettes? In Scotland, just under a fifth of the population smoke, but in treatment populations the rate is between 60-90%. Travellers looking for mutual aid meetings will often be guided by the group of smokers outside the church hall. Some of those people in long term recovery are dying of addiction. […]

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 […]

Drug legalisation and recovery

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Bill White reminds us of something that seems to have been forgotten in the debate around legalisation of cannabis – the impact this might have on recovering people. He focuses on the current changing picture in the USA around cannabis particularly. These debates, focused primarily on the psychopharmacology of cannabis and the personal and social costs […]

Gabapentin and pregabalin misuse

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  Gabapentin and pregabalin misuse are problems that are not going to go away. My post on gabapentin is one of the most-read on this site. While these are useful medicines, workers in drug treatment and support see patients regularly on gabapentin or pregabalin who have misused the drugs or who are misusing them. Guidance is […]

Cannabis-like new psychoactive substances – warnings

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In Europe drug seekers have the luxury of 651 websites from which to buy their ‘legal highs’ or NPS. Alternatively in many towns and cities you can just pop down to the nearest head shop or indeed the nearest corner shop. NPS are more accessible than most drugs. Cannabis-like new psychoactive substances are popular and […]

Stopping benzos – not as hard as you’d think?

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Nobody wants to come off benzos – right? Too hard, too unpleasant and no willingness. But hang on a minute… DB Recovery Resources links to a study that used a structured intervention (the gorgeously named BAMP) to help folk come off benzodiazepines and what do you know, 70% were tapered or discontinued. That said the researchers […]

Population vs personalised care – two sides of a coin

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Writing on BMJ blogs, Muir Gray makes the case that any distinction between public health and clinical care is artificial – population vs personalised care are two sides of the same coin. He thinks of this in terms of value. For public health, benefits rise fast as investment increases, then there is a levelling out (the […]