Drug and Alcohol Misuse

A collection of training materials compiled by STRADA, Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol.

Involving Service Users training resource

A training resource about service user involvement in your organisation.

Drinking in the UK: An exploration of trends

A key part of the Government’s alcohol harm reduction strategy is to monitor changes in drinking habits over time and to identify what factors are potentially contributing to the rising levels of consumption. Reviews research and highlights trends in alcohol consumption over the last 20 to 30 years. A key part of the Government’s alcohol harm reduction strategy is to monitor changes in drinking habits over time and to identify what factors are potentially contributing to the rising levels of consumption.

The Sense of STRADA

STRADA is Scotland’s leading workforce development organisation in the field of substance misuse. This document covers all aspects of STRADA's work including contracted work with the Scottish Government and commissioned learning and development projects.

Are alcoholism treatments effective? : the Project MATCH data

Project MATCH was the largest and most expensive alcoholism treatment trial ever conducted. The results were disappointing. There were essentially no patient-treatment matches, and three very different treatments produced nearly identical outcomes. These results were interpreted post hoc as evidence that all three treatments were quite effective. We re-analyzed the data in order to estimate effectiveness in relation to quantity of treatment.

Person-centred support: what service users and practitioners say

This study examines person-centred support, a key new concern in public services. It does this by bringing together for the first time the views, ideas and experience of service users, face to face practitioners and managers. Government is committed to ‘personalisation’, ‘self-directed support’ and ‘individual budgets’ in social care, aiming for increased choice and control for the people who use services. This is a move away from traditional, 'one-size-fits-all' approaches.

Involving Service Users - training resource (2)

This questionnaire is used as a pre-course exercise prior to participants attending the STRADA Involving Service Users course. Complete this handout once you have refereed to your organisation's policy for service user involvement.

STRADA Pre-Course Reading Worksheet

This worksheet has been designed to help participants gain the most benefit from the pre-course reading prior to attending a STRADA course. Your views on the pre-course reading and responses to these questions will be discussed as part of your participation on the course.

Wired In blog

This blog is written by David Clark, director of Wired In, an organisation that empowers individuals, families and communities to tackle substance use problems, encouraging and enabling people to find their path to recovery. The blog contains links to films and background briefings relevant to recovery.

The Rhetoric of Recovery Advocacy : An Essay On the Power of Language

This paper discusses the language surrounding addiction and recovery and the New Recovery Advocacy Movement.