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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.

BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine. It provides a crucial forum where the most rigorous social research and critical analysis of these issues can intersect with the work of leading scientists, social researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) report Hidden Harm (2003) outlined key deficits in the provision of services to pregnant drug users, drug using parents and to the children of drug using parents, while highlighting the extent of child exposure to parental drug use. In 2007, a follow-up report assessed what had changed in the intervening period focusing on examples of good practice and positive change. This paper is based on the results from a follow-up postal survey of managers of specialist drug services in the UK.

In March 2008, a new 10 year national drugs strategy document was published: Drugs: protecting families and communities. This new drug strategy presents an agenda which strongly reinforces the main points of the last strategy with its emphasis on crime reduction and community safety. Like its predecessor, it says less about individual health and social outcomes. In the same month the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission, (UKDPC), an independent think tank, published a major report on the drugs strategy and its key focus criminal justice.

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

UK Drug Rehab is a directory of drug addiction treatment centres, drug rehab organisations and service providers within the United Kingdom. "UK-Rehab.Com is a privately funded, non-profit making project that aims to provide free, unbiased information on drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse and rehabilitation." The Drug Info section provides general facts on drug abuse and detailed information on specific drugs. There is also a section on the role of the family.

Guidelines developed for the Behavioral Health Recovery Management Project. Relapse Prevention Therapy is based on a cognitive-behavioural model of the relapse process. This approach focuses on the immediate precipitating circumstances of relapse as well as on the chain of events that may precede and set-up a relapse.

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

This document sets out the rationale for integrated care and its wider context. It provides definitions and concepts of integrated care and its key elements: accessibility, assessment, planning and delivery of care, information sharing, monitoring and evaluation. Evidence is also provided from research literature, focus groups and consultation on the key issues that influence effective practice in integrated care. Key principles and elements of effective practice drawn from the evidence are also explained.