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Dr David McCartney identifies hot topics…
Rebecca Fischer lists drug abuse and treatment trends…
A new alcohol strategy is overdue…
Sadhbh O’Sullivan describes a year of mental-health impacts…
Dr Sadie Boniface recaps alcohol trends and new data…
Crest Advisory’s Danny Shaw highlights five issues to look out for this coming year… and more…
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December 2022: all the news of the year
The two pandemics – Covid and drug deaths – continued
to dominate the news, although an exit from Covid
restrictions came earlier than any respite from drug deaths.
There might be bad news but there is also good news.
We collated research+developments from the past 12 months,
which indicate trends to follow in 2023.
The aftermath of Covid-19 lockdowns and social restrictions
has been accompanied by the emergence of research
showing increases in drug-related deaths, alcohol-related
deaths, substance use disorders and behavioural addictions.
We update you on the statistics – as well as policies,
recommendations and actions for the future.
We hope that the photos in this special issue
prolong the happy feelings we all enjoyed
at DB Recovery+ UKESAD in June/July –
not to mention the genuine learning and
networking with old and new connections.
And remember: the earlier you book for 2023,
the greater the savings!
This issue is devoted to articles by worldclass experts on addiction research, treatment and recovery – who are also presenters at DB Recovery+ UKESAD. The world’s first Professor of Recovery updates us on colleges of lived experience. Professor Sir Ian Gilmore urges early interventions on alcohol abuse. Harvard research shows the effectiveness of 12-Step involvement. Emily Hennessy has created the world’s first adolescent recovery capital model. Paula Hall talks about sex. And more…
In the UK, the Dame Carol Black report was swiftly followed
by the government’s 10-year drug strategy last December and
a raft of related policies from other government departments.
The US has also seen White House drug policies and budgets being released recently after it declared a state of emergency.
Keep up to date with them all.
“Judge me not, for I am not today who I was yesterday
nor who I will be tomorrow.”
These words describe how people in recovery not only
stop harm but continue to become the best versions
of themselves that they can be.
Our experts share short-term tactics and long-term
strategies to enhance your life in the year(s) to come.
December 2021: all the news of the year
The two pandemics – Covid and drug deaths –
dominated the news in a year ending with
the UK’s 10-year From Harm to Hope drug strategy
and the US declaring a national emergency
due to drug harms.
We collated news+research from the past 12 months,
which indicate trends to follow in 2022.
Plan now to avoid relapse – even create enjoyment.
We ask experts how to survive and even thrive
during the riskiest time of year for relapses…
New traditions for parents… Advice for family members…
Gift ideas for people in recovery…
Manage seasonal affective disorder: SAD…
Newcomers share hopes and fears… and more.
Therapists are needed more than ever…
Mental-health problems soared in the pandemic.
WHO reveals global shortfall in mental health care.
Lockdowns had a devastating effect on abuse survivors –
who turn to addiction to cope.
Public backs more addiction treatment.
Royal helps to reduce stigma of recovery. Save lives.
Remove the heat from anecdotal debates:
the library of research on the effectiveness of
both 12 Step mutual-aid groups and
12 Step Facilitation therapy continues to build.
Professor John Kelly’s Recovery Research Institute
and others bring us the latest proven findings
on their effectiveness in regaining qualify of life.
This issue is dedicated to the seminal treatment document
of the decade: the Independent Review of Drugs, part 2,
commissioned by the government and led by Dame Carol Black.
She calls for services to be “rebuilt”, following “disturbing,
even shocking” findings and makes 32 recommendations
for a whole-country cross-government response.
We collate responses from the treatment field – and more.
This special issue concentrates on respecting emotions.
Articles include: Will Scotland get a “right to recovery?… Assessing grief in families of addicts… First medical description of “feeling empty”… BACP: The pandemic’s impact on mental health… Enjoy emotional sobriety… Videos to watch…
Measuring client progress… Eating disorders… Reasons to be cheerful… News… Rehab and self-help contacts…
Enjoy our special issue dedicated to identifying
what research you can trust – compiled with
the help of guest editor Jason Schwartz.
He lifts us out of the quicksand of research documents
to identify what is both accurate and relevant
to the lifesaving and life-enhancing work
of addiction recovery professionals.
TRENDS, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES:
For rehabs, this will be a year of new and historic tests
and openings… What treatment do patients want?…
Validate your feelings with these illustrations…
How rehabs have survived lockdown… Most popular Basis research blogs… The celtic dysfunction… News…
How to find self help groups and rehabs…
Annual News Review (January 2021)
We round up the most important news and research developments which happened in 2020 –
they could help you lay a foundation of fact
to plan for this year and decade.
Also: links to statistics are useful for funding applications.
This issue is devoted to surviving the christmas season which, with New Year, is the riskiest time of year for relapses.
It includes hints and tips… recovery gifts and drinks… how to cope with grief and loss during the holidays… wellbeing of healthcare professionals… how innovators have survived Covid…
sex & porn addiction in lockdown… news, research and more.
Guest-edited by Laura Graham.
Special issue on emerging telehealth… Public Health England on changes in mental health and wellbeing… How many people will need mental health support now?… NIDA director Dr Nora Volkow confirms that people with substance use disorders are highly vulnerable… Compassion and comedy… Trust is not easy in virtual meetings… The psychology of Zoom fatigue… How to make video calls less tiring… News… and more.
Special issue: We must prioritise the health of life-saving addiction treatment and recovery professionals… WHO: safety first for health workers… BACP: self care is a requirement… Watch and heal with these webinars… Keep filling the cup of empathy… Use hope to attain desirable outcomes… The therapeutic power of crying… De-escalate tension and conflict… News, Directory of rehabs and self-help groups, and more.
Report for World Drug Day, 26 June 2020
DBRR report – Coronavirus lockdown & transition out: drug & alcohol misuse and these and other addictions/ dependencies & PTSD – takes up where the UN May 2020 Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health leaves off and fills in the World Drug Report 2020. It aims to inform policy makers, treatment providers and healthcare workers globally.
“Lengthy lockdown will kill more people than Covid-29” – the issues we must address… Increase access to treatment…
Prevent deaths of despair… Staff on the coronavirus frontline are a “ticking timebomb of PTSD” – as are children…
Domestic abuse and family violence… Research references… Interventions… Where to find rehabs and self-help groups…
News and more…
Seminal source of information for rehabs and therapists…
Recovery Research Institute shares data on the helpfulness of digital recovery supports… 58 work tools usually paid-for now free… Checklist for recovery residences… Crisis can help psychological growth… Advice from government and medical bodies… Financial help for therapists.. Free videos and apps… Relapses vs online meetings… and more.
Professor John Kelly guest edits our first issue dedicated to the neuroscience of recovery, including: Some brain functions will fully recover after alcohol, others need work… Moderate drinking and the brain… The brain’s recovery from cocaine…
Help the children: cannabis use disorder… meditation supports opioid treatment… Spirituality found with brain imaging…
Now that compulsive sex disorders have been officially
recognised by the World Health Organisation (in ICD-11),
it’s timely to bring you more information on sex addiction, statistics and ways to recover.
Expert specialist Paula Hall guest edits.
2019 News Review
We round up the most important news and research developments which happened in 2019 –
they could help you lay a foundation of fact
to plan for this year and decade.
Also: links to statistics are useful for funding applications.
Survive Christmas and New Year
Christmas and January/early February are the riskiest times of year for people to relapse back into addictive behaviours.
Our downloadable guide helps you to help your clients and recovery newcomers through this time – start now, as negative feelings can creep up unconsciously before the season.
Enjoy our special issue dedicated to identifying what research you can trust – compiled with the help of our very first guest editor, Jason Schwartz. He lifts us out of the quicksand of research documents to identify what is both accurate and relevant to the lifesaving work of addiction recovery workers.
Special issue on children of alcoholics: Common traits and personalities… 13 characteristics… Free confidential helpline from the National Association for Children of Alcoholics… Government support… Professional and mutual-aid programmes that help… The three ‘C’s… News… and more.
Treating addiction recovery as a reward not deprivation…
Neuroscience: reward pathways in addiction & recovery…
Developing a personal action plan… How science is confirming what experts know experientially… Identify where to find both professional and free support… News… and more.
Cutting-edge expertise from speakers at the DB Recovery+ Ukesad conference 2019: Recovery in communities: contagion of hope… Parenting in recovery… How interventionists and rehabs can work together… Latest research on 12-step recovery…
Are you engaging your alumni effectively?… News… and more.
Bill White and Galen Tinder illustrate long-term recovery and strong early recovery… More ways to improve client outcomes… Restore resilience, prevent relapse… Trauma and the nervous system… Technology, addiction and recovery… Let’s make a splash in prevention work… Assertive alcohol outreach…
Numbing the pain: childhood sexual abuse and addictive behaviours… Leaving Neverland: how parents and victims are groomed by abusers… Research into effective therapies… Wilderness programmes for experiential therapy…
Where sick doctors can access recovery… and much more.
Double trouble or double winners: dual diagnosis…
ADHD and addiction genetic link… domestic & sexual abuse…
How to improve therapy outcomes… cultural specificity…
Interoception & disordered eating… COA is a thing…
We need a Mental Health & Safety Act… news and more.
Addiction-recovery experts from the UK, US and Europe identify trends and challenges facing this year, so carers can prepare…
government’s empty promise of a recovery champion…
therapist, know thyself: countertransference research…
marijuana & mental health… protect future generations…
2018 News Review
We round up the most important news and research developments which happened in 2018.
Shadow health minister Jon Ashworth urges support for children of alcoholics… how to deal with toxic families during the holidays… treat the family as the client… families: caretaking vs caregiving… helpful habits to sustain recovery… the 12 steps as a traditional project plan… news… where to find help…
Includes 12-page christmas survival guide… Terence Gorski on how to develop a relapse-prevention programme… best ad campaigns on addiction… improve relapse rates for the long term… gratitude changes all… BATS therapist measurement… what to say and not say to someone who relapses… and more.
The Top 10 effective recovery therapies… is there a science to psychotherapy?… cohesion in group therapy… alexithymia: what’s that feeling?… sex, drugs, pain and the elderly…
faith in recovery… before + after recovery: the photos… legalisation: the story so far… news… where to find help.
Your top recovery journal goes monthly… latest style of addiction intervention… raise ambition for recovery… alumni value… craving tactics… House of Lords debates addictions… research on client:therapist relationship… infographics… children of alcoholics… news… where to find rehabs and self-help groups…
Extent and trends in UK drug use… global opioid epidemic… family/ addiction interventions… new cannabis law: behind headlines… bridging the ‘pond’… physician heal thyself… internet addiction and adolescents… personal story of prescription pill use… where to find… Who’s Who in the recovery field… news…
Commissioning drug/alcohol treatment… parental alcohol misuse and children… 12-step facilitation and dual diagnosis… predicting opioid misuse… saddest trend: growing grief… sex and drugs… can AA help drug addicts?… aftermath of combat trauma… Hazelden recovery guides… where to find… Who’s Who… news…
Commissioning drug/alcohol treatment… parental alcohol misuse and children… 12-step facilitation and dual diagnosis… predicting opioid misuse… saddest trend: growing grief… sex and drugs… can AA help drug addicts?… aftermath of combat trauma… Hazelden recovery guides… where to find… news…
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