An Introduction to Medication for Alcohol Dependence
New medications for addiction treatment can significantly improve treatment outcomes for many patients, especially when combined with counseling, support and aftercare.
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The Road Ahead: A Guidebook for Parents of Young Teens
While the focus is on alcohol and other drug use, there are different types of behavioural " problems" that parents need to be aware of, such as gambling, internet use and video gaming. 24-page PDF [Centre for Addictions Research of BC, Canada]
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Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence
Assessments and Interventions, Health Outcomes
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Unit costs for substance misuse
Unit Cost consultation update: 7 November 2007 As you know, the drug treatment system has been able to expand and improve over the past 6 years in response to significant additional investment. Future expansion and improvement will need to be driven by better use of existing resources or growth in local investment, not by further increases in central government investment through the Pooled Treatment Budget. [National Treatment Agency, UK]
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Turning Point Dual Diagnosis Best Practice Handbook
The new handbook aims to improve dual diagnosis services for people with substance use and mental health problems. 64-page PDF [Turning Point, UK]
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Substance Abuse in Canada: Youth in Focus
In planning for a second edition of Substance Abuse in Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse once again consulted with a variety of substance abuse and addiction experts to identify the issues of greatest concern in 2007. 51-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]
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Effective mental healthcare for offenders: the need for a fresh approach
This paper sets out Nacro's position on offenders with mental health needs. It explores some of the current problems with the provision of mental health services for offenders at different stages of the criminal justice process and makes practical and clearly targeted recommendations for change. 15-page PDF [NACRO, UK]
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The mental health of prisoners
A thematic review of the care and support of prisoners with mental health needs. 101-page PDF [H.M. Inspectorate of Prisons, UK]
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DrugScope supports Chief Inspector's call for improved drug treatment in prisons
Much activity around the current national drug strategy has centred on breaking the cycle of drugs and crime, with drug treatment for offenders stated as a major focus point. Yet time and again we are seeing failings in the duty of care for those prisoners with a drug or alcohol dependency, let alone the construction of a systematic, comprehensive prison drug treatment system [DrugScope, UK]
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Prisons 'the default setting for people with mental disorders'
There are significant weaknesses in how inmates with mental health problems are cared for, a report said today [MHF, UK]
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Assessing the role of syringe dispensing machines and mobile van outlets in reaching hard-to-reach and high-risk groups of injecting drug users (IDUs): a review
Reaching hard-to-reach and high-risk injecting drug users (IDUs) is one of the most important challenges for contemporary needle syringe programs (NSPs). The aim of this review is to examine, based upon the available international experience, the effectiveness of syringe vending machines and mobile van/bus based NSPs in making services more accessible to these hard-to-reach and high-risk groups of IDUs.
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Factors that help injecting drug users to access and benefit from services: A qualitative study
A range of practical suggestions for improving IDUs' access to drug treatment and other services are identified. 42-page PDF [Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy]
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Treatnet: Improving Treatment Around the Globe
By Rebecca A. Clay
Twenty-five million of the world's 15- to 64-year-olds are drug addicts or problem users, according to the World Drug Report 2006 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
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Understanding Recovery - Discussion Papers
The SRN Discussion Paper Series is designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland [Scottish Recovery Network, UK]
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Leap into recovery
Addiction treatment is turning into a form of learned hopelessness, argues Dr David McCartney. He explains how the LEAP team is giving clients in Edinburgh a springboard to recovery [Drink and Drugs News, UK]
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A virtuous circle
Many people in recovery from a substance misuse problem feel the need to put something back. David Gilliver finds out from award-winning drugs worker Linda Sawyer how the Clean Break scheme aims to help them do just that [Drink and Drugs News, UK]
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BEYOND 2008 - EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FORUM - Budapest, 24-25 January 2008
The "Beyond 2008" initiative provides a mechanism for NGOs around the world to have an input to the review of the international drug control system that is currently being conducted through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In preparation for a global NGO Forum scheduled to be held in Vienna in July 2008, regional consultation events are being held around the world to facilitate an exchange of perspectives between NGOs. -
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Leadership in Strategic Health Communication Course - May 12-23 2008 - Cape Town, South Africa
This course intends to enable health leaders to explore health
communication on the African continent. The course will explore
existing communication practices through exposure to the latest
technology, resources, and theory.
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CPDD - 70th Annual Meeting • June 14-19, 2008 • San Juan, Puerto Rico
NIDA International Forum
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program fosters international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by drug abuse researchers around the globe. As part of its ongoing efforts to foster international research on drug abuse, the International Program holds the NIDA International Forum annually. The 2008 NIDA International Forum is scheduled for June 13-14, 2008, in conjunction with the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the College on Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD).
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NIDA Announces New Tools for Drug Abuse Treatment
Save the date for the 2008 SAAS Conference and NIATx Summit-offered jointly June 22-25 in Orlando, Florida.
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Beyond 2008 Forum
A Global NGO Forum contributing to the 10 year Review of Achievement following the 1998 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Illicit Drugs. The BEYOND 2008 Forum is an attempt to collect, analyse and disseminate the views and experience of civil society in relation to the achievements of the worldwide global drug control efforts based on the targets established by the UNGASS on Illicit Drugs in 1998
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2008 SAAS National Conference and NIATx Summit - June 23-25, 2008
NIATx is pleased to announce a Call for Presentations and NIATx Annual Summit. SAAS and NIATx.
The 2008 combined conference provides expert speakers, workshops, and peer-to-peer learning on a wide range of critical management and quality improvement issues. We invite you to submit a proposal for the NIATx portion of the conference program, targeted to behavioral healthcare providers, payers, policy makers, and clinicians.
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Addiction Summit 10-12 July 2008
Sponsored by Pacific Centre for Motivation & Change (PCMC) - "A Climate for Change" is a 2-day summit, with post-summit professional development workshops, that will inform, enliven and expand your understanding of addiction.
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Addiction search engine
The Addiction Search Engine searches specially selected websites and the sites that they are linked to. There is provision for a capacity of 100 volunteer contributors to the ASE and the Ana Liffey Drug Project wishes to invite people to contribute [Ana Liffey Drug Project, Ireland]
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