drug 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.

Drug treatment at the crossroads : what it’s for, where it’s at and how to make it even better

In spring 2008, DrugScope hosted a series of seminars on the future of drug treatment. The Great Debate gathered together DrugScope members, along with other experts and stakeholders with direct experience of drug treatment, representing a range of different views and treatment philosophies.

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.

Tackling Drug Markets and Distribution Networks in the UK : A review of the recent literature

This summary sets out the main findings from a review of the recent literature on strategies to tackle illicit drug markets and distribution networks in the UK. The report was commissioned by the UK Drug Policy Commission and has been prepared by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, School of Law, King’s College London. This review restricted itself to domestic measures for tackling the drugs trade.

Living with social evils - the voices of unheard groups

Paper dealing with the social evils of UK society as experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. Workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people were used to explore personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Ideas for overcoming them suggest a combined individual and collective responsibility to take forward social change.

Policy into practice : a guide to workplace drug and alcohol policies

Leaflet providing guidance for employers on drawing up policies on drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Equally Well : report of the ministerial task force on health inequalities

The Ministerial Task Force on health inequalities was set up by the current Scottish Government. The aim is to tackle the inequalities in health which prevent Scotland reaching its potential. This document meets the Task Force’s commitment to report on what now needs to be done to tackle health inequalities more effectively.