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“Nothing About Us Without Us!” – Moving Away From Criminalisation Of Addiction

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

It has been impossible, today, to ignore the important findings of a recent Home Office report, which compared the UK’s approach to drug misuse with that of 13 other countries and concluded that there is no evidence that the criminalisation of drug use leads to a reduction in the problem. See, for example, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764. In […]


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Treatment of Drug Addiction: When is it successful?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

When can we say that treatment of drug addiction has been successful? The problem of deciding what constitutes success, or even improvement has generated heated debate between therapists, most notably in the past between 12-steps, psychoanalytic and behavioural enthusiasts. It has also divided policy makers. Those who favour prevention and environmental control are sceptical of […]


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Dentists to Screen for Alcohol Problems

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Researchers have recently published advice in the Royal College of Surgeons Dental Journal that dentists should screen their patients for alcohol problems. The paper shines a light on people’s habits when it comes to doctor versus dentist visits and notes that approximately 1 in 5 men and 1 in 7 women are drinking excessively in […]


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