Drug and Alcohol Misuse

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

Prescribing heroin: what is the evidence?

The first comprehensive overview of how and why heroin is prescribed in the UK. Prescribing heroin is the first overview of how and why heroin is prescribed in the UK. It brings together research evidence from the UK and elsewhere to provide a comprehensive review of the benefits and drawbacks of heroin prescription. Currently only a small number of UK doctors prescribe heroin. The government is planning a cautious and modest expansion of this treatment. This study considers whether heroin prescription is effective in the short and the long term.

The Hidden Mixer, article from DrugLink, March/April 2009

Mixing alcohol and cocaine is probably one of the most common drug combinations in modern culture. But is the mix a recipe for violence? Max Daly investigates.

Working with Drug and Alcohol Users

A learning resource on alcohol and drugs. This handout is used as pre-course reading for the STRADA course 'Working with Drug and Alcohol Users'.

Motivational interviewing training resource

Motivational interviewing is a dynamic intervention that finds its base in the principles of motivational psychology. It is an intervention which employs strategies that are person-centred and aim to mobilise the person’s own change resources rather than advising or training in a specific direction towards a specific outcome.

Feds say drug injection centre offers 'no hope'

This news item from the Vancouver Courier reports on an argument between drug treatment and prevention and a supervised injection site.

Attorney general proposes sensible rules on medical pot

This article from the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the legality of medical marijuana.

Integrated care for drug or alcohol users: principles and practice update 2008

This document provides an update to the 'Integrated care for drug users: principles and practice' October 2002 published by the Effective Interventions Unit (EIU), which set out the definitions and concepts of integrated care for drug misusers. It also set out the key principles underpinning an integrated care approach and provided detailed evidence of effective practice under each of the six key elements of the integrated care process.

Reflective journal (3)

The notion that effective professionals are those that can think systematically and critically about their own work, and use this to develop is now well established under the broad title “Reflective Practice”. There is an expectation of workers by most employers that they reflect upon their practice, and this often forms an important element of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).