Drug and Alcohol Misuse

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

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).

How much is too much?

Booklet that explains the effects of alcohol on health and on social, home and work life. It provides the number of units in popular alcoholic drinks so a tab can be kept on amounts taken.

The back pages give useful advice and contact details for cutting down and getting support.

Parental drug and alcohol misuse: resilience and transition among young people

A growing number of children are affected by parental substance misuse, and policy and practice increasingly recognise the need to tackle the problems that this causes. Currently, the needs of older children are less well known or addressed. This study explores the experiences of 38 young people, aged 15–27 years, who had at least one parent with a drug or alcohol problem.

The domestic cultivation of cannabis

An examination of the domestic cultivation of cannabis in England and Wales. This report examines the domestic cultivation of cannabis in England and Wales. Traditionally cannabis has been imported into the country by drug traffickers, but the extent of home cultivation has grown rapidly over the past decade, and home growing now accounts for a significant amount of cannabis consumed in this country.

Harm reduction: what's in a name?

Harm reduction has become one of the most contentious issues in drug use policy. The initial clarity and simplicity of the phrase "harm reduction" has evolved into an emotion-laden designation that has polarized groups with a common goal and is interfering with opportunities to engage high-risk populations and the implementation of a range of substance abuse services and supports.

A matter of substance?: alcohol or drugs - does it make a difference to the child?

In 2006, Aberlour Child Care Trust and the Scottish Association of Drug and Alcohol Teams joined together to hold a second Think Tank to address the question 'Alcohol or Drugs' Does it make a difference for the Child?'. This report is entirely drawn from the Think Tank’s discussions and represents the knowledge and views of experienced managers, practitioners and researchers. It does not include evidence from research or the content of policy and guidance documents.

Prevention of Substance Misuse. (EMCDDA Insights 7)

This report, drawing on recent high-quality surveys including reviews and meta-analyses of measures that have proved successful in preventing substance abuse, provides professionals with information on effective drug prevention strategies. This publication provides information about best practice in drug prevention for everyone, working in the field as well as those involved in planning and decision-making at European, national, regional and municipal level.