Posts tagged substance misuse services
Interdependence Between Alcohol Use and Mental Health Within the Family

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and this year’s theme is suicide and suicide prevention. Mental health problems affect around one in four people each year. Some people with mental health issues self-prescribe with alcohol and/or illicit drugs as an ill advised way of managing their mental health difficulties.


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Conference 2019 slides

View the presentation slides from our 2019 conference on the theme of ‘Alcohol Treatment: Reduced Demand or Hidden Harm?’, including slides from: Dr Lloyd Humphreys, Prof. Colin Drummond, Kate Halliday, James Morris, Greg Fell, Josh Connolly and Suzie Roscoe.

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Conference 2018 slides

View the presentation slides from our 2018 conference on the theme of creating lasting behaviour change, including slides from: Dr Henrietta Bowden Jones, Danny Hames, Dr Luke Mitcheson, Dr Dima Abdulrahim, Viv Evans OBE and Rob Eyers.

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On publication of ONS’ data showing drug-poisoning-related deaths in England and Wales highest in 24 years of study, NHS SMPA’s Emily Finch talked to BBC Radio 4 about the challenges facing services.

“The first thing we have to remember is that every death represents a huge loss for a family, loss of a son or daughter, parent or sibling, so this is really affecting people.”

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How can we provide strong, effective and relevant services to crack cocaine users?

Leaving aside the debates in the media regarding Police numbers and budgets, I was drawn to growing concerns regarding the prevalence and purity of crack cocaine in UK markets, and consequently its link to increasing levels of serious violence across the country.

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Market Failure and the Funding Crisis in Substance Misuse Treatment: NHS SMPA’s Dr David Manley comments on key points made at InterAction 2018

While cuts are reportedly at 30%, they are as high as 45% in some local areas. This has led to diminishing support for people with complex multiple needs associated with their substance use, and a shift from systemic (integrated) provision to simple service provision in many areas of the UK.

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