substance misuse

Recovery : linking addiction treatment and communities of recovery

This report is a 'primer for addiction counselors and recovery coaches' and discusses change in the professional addiction treatment community. Addressed to the thousands of counselors and therapists on the daily firing line, it offers them a renaissance of ideas that will provide the suffering addicts with which they work an increased opportunity for lasting recovery.

Essential Care : a report on the approach required to maximise opportunity for recovery from problem substance use in Scotland

This report was commissioned by the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse (SACDM) to address the additional non-medical aspects of service required to ensure that people with substance use problems are given every opportunity to recover from their problems.

Attitudes towards alcohol: views of the general pubic, problem drinkers, alcohol service users and their families and friends

Research that highlight's some important issues surrounding the role alcohol plays in society, perceptions of what constitutes problem drinking and awareness of and attitudes towards services. It also explores perceptions of 'what works'. A problem for policy-makers is the questionable compatibility of strategies to, on the one hand, stress that ‘getting legless’ is not normal or socially acceptable, while on the other, trying to reduce stigmatisation associated with alcohol problems so as to encourage people to seek help through services.

Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs (FEAD)

The FEAD project began in February 2008 and was designed and developed in-house at Lifeline project. The FEAD initiative grew in direct proportion to the quality of the contributions and generosity of the contributors. In a period of change for the drugs field we are pleased to be able to open the door to our own learning and perspectives, and do so for people who visit the website.

Working with families affected by parental substance misuse: a research review 

This report has been produced under the auspices of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN). SCCPN aims to increase access to and use of research evidence in practice. The review has been undertaken in response to practitioners who have requested more information on what makes for best practice in working with families where parental substance misuse is a factor. It has also been undertaken in response to a brief set out by the Scottish Government (2008) in The Road to Recovery, the most recent strategy on drugs.

Lifeline Project

This is the website for the Lifeline Project. In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Their purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.

Re-Solv : The Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse

This resource is the website of Re-Solv, the national charity solely dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse (VSA). Re-Solv operates throughout the United Kingdom. The site offers information about solvent and volatile substance abuse in a range of formats, including factsheets, more in depth on-line training courses and details about the range of other publications and services available through Re-Solv.

The Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is the national non-government drugs policy and information agency working in partnership with others to co-ordinate effective responses to drug use in Scotland. SDF aims to support and represent, at both local and national levels, a wide range of interests, promoting collaborative, evidence-based responses to drug use.

Voluntary sector leads multi-agency team to combat substance misuse

Case study from Leeds, Yorkshire describing a project run by the voluntary sector which helps young people involved in substance misuse by assessing their particular needs and then putting them in contact with the appropriate agencies to meet those needs. Also offered are implementation tips for others to implement such a 'one-stop shop' approach.

Action on Addiction

Website of Action on Addiction, a charity which works to reduce the problem of addiction through providing research, treatment, family support, education and training.