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MCA Symposium, 11 November 2015, Alcohol, Health,

This year's MCA Symposium on Alcohol, Health, Well-being and Work takes place on 11 November 2015 at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London EC1H 9JP

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Alcohol Concern's Blue Light Project Report

The Blue Light project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services.

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PHE Residential Rehab - State of the Sector 2014

In December 2014 PHE published a report of a survey of residential rehab providers and local authority commissioners who purchase these services.

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2014-15 PHE Announce Capital Funding

Public Health England (PHE) has today (14 November 2014) announced the availability of £10 million of capital funding to support drug and alcohol recovery services in England, for 2014-15.

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Recovery Partnership Update August 2014

Latest update from the Recovery Partnership

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Heroin addicts are to be given free foil!

Government will announce tomorrow that heroin will be given free foil to try and kick the habit and to help cut the risk of contracting diseases.

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NHS defends decision not to fund cannabis drug

The commissioning group which refused to fund a patient's cannabis-based drug says there is a lack of evidence about the benefits of the drug.

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It's time to raise awareness - Hepatitis Day

Almost half of the people who inject drugs, have hepatitis C. Sharing notes and straws for cocaine and other substances can also out people at risk of getting the virus. Half of those infected, don’t even know they’ve got it.

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2014 Local Health Profiles released on 8th July

The 2014 Local Health Profiles, produced by Public Health England (PHE) were released on Tuesday 8th July 2014

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Agreements made to tackle problem drinking

Alcohol industry and government agree new measures to tackle problem drinking

Drinks companies and retailers today revealed a package of measures to tackle alcohol misuse, after months of negotia

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A letter from the Recovery Partnership

A letter on behalf of the Recovery Partnership Applications to pilot the Quality Standards has now closed.

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‘khat’ to be subject to control as a Class C drug

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 Order 2014 classifies Khat as a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs as from 00:01 on 24 June 2014.

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PHE organisation chart

Organisation chart and corporate governance map for Public Health England (PHE).

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The Recovery Festival 2014

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PHE - Business Plan 2014 - 2015

Public Health England have released the PHE business plan for 2014-2015 setting out the organisation’s core functions, outlining the key steps and actions it will be the taking over the next year to protect and improve the public’s health a Read more

Employers unprepared to deal with drugs in work

Nearly 90% of the firms questioned had a formal written drug and alcohol policy in place, while 95% said that they had adopted a zero tolerance approach to drug and alcohol use at work.

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Annual Prison Recovery Week at Kirkham Prison

The Annual Prison Recovery Week will take place over 7 days, including Sports, Workshops, and inspirational Talks.

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Recovery is slowly losing the stigma

As the recovery movement is in motions, it shouts a strong and powerful message! Addiction isn’t something to talk quietly about, and addicts should not feel ashamed. What addicts have achieved by pushing through and admitting that there is a pro Read more

Clients want abstinence in Scotland

A large scale study in Scotland called DORIS was published in 2004. It suggested that the majority of those coming to treatment wanted to achieve a goal of abstinence.

10 years later, a new study looks at what service users and their fam Read more

Parents are using methadone to sooth children

Parents are using methadone to soothe their children, the charity Adfam warns.

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Report from the CSJ - Meaningful Mentoring

This report attempts to portray various types and forms of mentoring now being used within the criminal justice system

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The Internet – UK’s big Dealer!

More drug users are buying their drugs online;  including so-called legal highs as well as illegal drugs such as cannabis and MDMA – because they say the quality is better, there is more choice and it is more convenient, research has fo Read more

£10 Voucher for clean urine sample

Experts say financial incentives in the form of a £10 shopping voucher could revolutionise drug treatment in Britain

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Treating Substance Use Disorder

Using Neurofeedback to Treat Substance Use Disorder

A recent article suggests the possibility that neurofeedback (NFB) can be useful in the treatment of those experiencing substance use disorders (SUD). In this article, I articulate these Read more

Two sisters, dependent on heroin and on each other

Vivienne Franzmann's play 'Pest', written after a residency in a women's prison tells us the story of two sisters, dependent on herion and each other.

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Mummy needs her juice too!

A report that talks about the findings of Mums and alcohol.

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Problem drinking: Moderation or abstinence?

"After countless attempts to manage my consumption of alcohol, I stood at the threshold of death’s door, one hand on the door frame to hold myself up. After 29 days in the hospital, I wanted to be sober more than anything else in my life. Fi Read more

Addicts targeted by £15m Devon abstinence project

The BBC Reports A £15m service to help drug and alcohol addicts will begin in Devon

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Drug legalisation: “why we must say no!” (US)

Last week in Vienna the United Nations hosted the 2014 Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This annual review of the world’s drug problem may not sound like the ‘must attend’ event of the year, but that is to underestimate its importance in Read more

Liver disease in the UK is a 'Scandal'

In a report, the all-party Parliamentary Hepatology Group says deaths from liver disease in England have risen 40% between 2001-2012.

In the past decade there has been a five-fold increase in cirrhosis among people aged 35-55

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The physical effect of drugs - in just a few years

Warning - some viewers may find this uncomfortable!

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1 in 4 effected by other peoples drinking

A new report on the extent of harm caused in society by alcohol has shown that 1 in 4 people are affected by other peoples problem drinking.


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£10million being awarded

Government investment of £10 million has been awarded to services that support drug and alcohol recovery across England.

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Take the Legal high Online Survey

Take the ‘Legal High’ National Online Survey (LHNOS)

You don't have to of taken the drugs to take part in this..... see more at http://www.mylegalhigh.org/

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The New Hep C drugs must be affordable worldwide!

We must learn from the HIV epidemic and ensure that affordable prices are in place so that the millions with hepatitis C infection can get new drugs that appear to be a cure.

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Drug Abuse costs employers $81 billion a year

Drug Abuse costs employers $81 billion a year

New conclusions from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in the US have shown that drug abuse costs employers $81 billion per year

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Davina McCall Speaks Out About Recovery

Davina McCall tells the Guardian magazine about the dangers of cross addiction.

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Residential Rehabilitation

Quality Standards Framework For rehabilitation are to be piloted in 5 areas.



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Take Action - Social Economy Alliance

The Social Economy Alliance is a group of 23 social enterprises including housing associations, social investors, think tanks and charities which all work to affect social change.

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Addiction aid Charity is Expanding

A charity, which helps drug and alcohol users is expanding

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Drug worker warns addicts over legal highs

Drug users are putting their lives in danger by injecting Legal highs as a substitute for heroin


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Volunteer action Islington

The report on substance misuse and volunteering has been published

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New laws will see 50,000 prisoners be supported

Gaps in the criminal justice system means that 50,000 short-term prisoners walk out of prison with no support. However, the Offender Rehabilitation Bill received today by Royal Assent, will now be addressed

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New issue of DDN Magazine

March’s DDN is the Make It Happen! conference special issue!


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Ireland Rehab centres hit by social welfare cuts

Financial cuts are undermining rehabilitation projects which offer a “lifeline to drug users, their families, and communities”

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National NO Smoking day

National no smoking day 12/03/214

Are you ready to quit smoking? If you are no ready to quit today, visit http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/ and you will be one step closer than you were before.

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Safe Haven for students with addictions

The Community Recovery Community is a program where students who have had addiction problems can find peer and staff support on campus to prevent their likelihood of relapsing.

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Recovery Festival Conference

The return of the Recovery Festival 1st -2nd  2014 Central Hall Westminster

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Quality Standards Framework

As part of the Recovery Partnership, RGUK are developing a Residential Rehabilitation Quality Standard Framework which builds upon the Essential Standards of Health and Safety by offering standards that are specific to residential rehabilitation servic Read more

Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force

Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions come into effect today, Justice Minister Simon Hughes.


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Further funding boosts voluntary sector support

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright announced that the pioneering Justice Data Lab pilot would be extended for a further year

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Reducing drugs misuse and dependence

Scheduling of tramadol and exemptions for temazepam


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Baby dies from Parents Methadone

Police charge parents of toddler 'who died of organ failure after being given METHADONE from her baby mug'

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Noreen Oliver MBE & Chip Somers

Opening the creating Recovery Conference with their presentation about RGUK

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Public Health England Supporting recovery.

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Stuart Honor- Presenation at the Creating Recovery




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Carl Cundall - Presentation at Creating Recovery



SMART Recovery UK & US Trustee

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RAPt – Building Recovery Communities For Offenders

Mike delivers his presentation at the Creating Recovery Conference

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Gilly Green - Comic Relief Presentation

Building Recovery – the Give It Up Fund

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Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE Presentation at the Creating Recovery Conference



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DrugScope research for the Recovery Partnership

DrugScope, the national membership organisation for the drug and alcohol sector, is today publishing a report on behalf of the Recovery Partnership.

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A letter from the Chair and Vice Chair.

A letter from the Chair of RGUK Noreen Oliver MBE and Vice Chair Chip Somers.

"Recovery is a process in which an individual is enabled to move on from their problem drug and alcohol use with a commitment to abstinence".

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Public Health England Survey

Public Health England is carrying out a survey of the residential rehabilitation sector.

Your experience and knowledge is valuable and we would be grateful if you could complete this survey.


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Comments from Exhibitors, Delegates and Speakers

Thank you to all those that attended the very first RGUK Creating Recovery conference supported by Comic Relief - Give It Up.

Read what you had to say about the event.



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Creating Recovery AM

Watch the video from the morning Creating Recovery session.

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Creating Recovery PM

Watch the video from the Creating Recovery Afternoon session

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RGUK, Give it Up and Partners - Creating Recovery

Thursday 16 January 2014,

London Film Museum, RGUK, Give it Up and Partners are holding a very special and first of its kind event for Recovery.

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