Technology and Recovery part 2 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Mobile Phone Technology and Recovery The recovery-oriented techniques we learn online do of course need to be put into practice as this is where we see real behaviour change. And it’s great to see the shift towards health-focussed apps. Over recent years there has been an acknowledgment that many who are digitally excluded from regularly […]

Pain needs painkillers – right?

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Overprescribing of opioid painkillers has caused harm to many people. Problems include addiction, loss of social functioning and increasingly, though still relatively uncommonly in the UK, to death. Concerns have been raised about deaths associated with tramadol in particular. I’ve written before about the lack of evidence of effectiveness for opiates in chronic pain, but it […]

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 […]

Will you still love me tomorrow? Guest blog by Kuladharini

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A postcard to UK from Scotland… Congratulations UKRW organizing group on the massive success of the UK recovery walk that took place in Manchester, England last Saturday. We are doffing our collective caps at the largest gathering of recovering people in Europe… 8000 people in recovery, friends and family. You so rock! Today Scotland takes to […]

Commissioning, harm reduction and recovery: a conversation

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The intent of the recovery-orientated drugs policies of the UK and Scottish Governments is to allow more people to find their way to lasting recovery. After years of a harm reduction focus, it’s understandable that it might take some time to build up an expertise and experience around recovery. While there can be little doubt […]

Enforced ‘recovery’ unethical

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Wales and Scotland and have national naloxone programmes, England does not. In light of the jump in drugs deaths related to opioids, concerns have been raised again about the situation. John Jolly, CEO of Blenheim, writes powerfully on his blog about the shame of this and points the finger at disinvestment in harm reduction and […]

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 […]

Young people and 12-step – what’s not to like?

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Recent research suggests AA works as well for young people as it does for older adults, although maybe in different ways. Referring to 12-step mutual aid is embodied in our National Clinical Guidelines, National Drugs Policies and by NICE. Getting people to go is a different story as a leaflet and a recommendation has a […]

Raise taxes and build rehabs?

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A report by a centre-right ‘think tank’ will advocate taxing units of alcohol to pay for a vast expansion of rehabs in the UK. The press release from the Centre for Social Justice doesn’t pull its punches:  “Almost 50,000 heroin addicts have been ‘parked’ on state-supplied methadone for more than four years” “Addicts who continually refuse […]