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Editor of Addiction Today and CEO of the Addiction Recover Foundation
Interests: how to recover from addiction
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So-called legal highs are as harmful and as addictive as illegal drugs – but information is minimal or inaccurate. Professor Fabrizio Schifano keeps readers in the loop Print-friendly pdf: Download Intervene150-Legal highs-Fabrizio Schifano Over the last 10 years, novel psychoactive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Irresponsible marketing of drugs as ‘smart’, ‘new’ or ‘designer’ has led a new generation to believe that the old rules of addictive behaviour do not apply to them – the scientific and medical community has sat passively on the side... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Antonio Maria Costa served an unprecedented two terms as director general of the United Nations Office in Vienna and executive director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Here he proposes a Nobel Prize for the best understanding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Giving up booze or drugs is only the first step. Recovery in the long term is about learning to live comfortably and contentedly in a manner that’s sober and clean. David Smallwood shares his therapeutic skills and experience This article... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Addiction Today
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We now have the tools to measure not only personal recovery from addiction, but also recovery readiness in communities – David Best writes from the cutting-edge of research underpinning practice. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene 3 - 149 - Personal &... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Money and work addiction Work and money are seen as the ‘respectable’ addictions – but a behavioural addiction can be as harmful as substance ones. Craig Rapp MPhil, MSc, MBACP, UKCP, COSRT, CSAT, CMAT explains. “Of all the drugs under... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Mary Brett argues that schools should act in loco parentis and prevent their children from starting to use drugs. She is sadly disappointed. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene 3 - 149 - Children's drug education Article 33 of the Convention on... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Addiction Today
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the UK’s alcohol dependence Want to find statistics on alcohol in the UK? And to put them in context? Professor Mark Griffiths BSc, PhD, CPsychol, PGDipHE, FBPsS, FRSA does the work and brings you his findings. Print-friendly version: Download Intervene... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Addiction Today
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It can be risky to highlight household-name celebrities who are in recovery – in case a relapse affects followers – but we break the rules for the first time in our 25-year history. Why? The people in our cover story... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Dialectics is the idea that two seemingly-opposite truths can be held together as valid at the same time. It is the enemy of “black and white thinking” and has been integrated into behavioural therapy to help people in early recovery.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Addiction Today
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A member of the Kennedy political dynasty, Patrick Kennedy was a chief sponsor of the seminal 2008 US Mental Health Parity Act, which required most insurance plans to cover the treatment of mental illnesses on an equitable level to physical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Can you get someone to stop their addiction by the way you relate to them? No (perhaps). Can you improve your life by the way you relate to the addict? Yes. Nick Barton explains. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Addiction Today
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John Taylor, cofounder of Duran Duran, has accepted the role of Patron of Mount Carmel, the south London alcohol treatment centre. John’s years in the music business and his 19 years in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction are graphically... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Addiction Today
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“Using Buddha’s teachings to overcome addiction” These eight steps can be used by people who have not responded to the 12-step approach, as well as those who are already in recovery, psychiatrist Paramabandhu Groves and Valerie Mason-John explain. For a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Addiction Today
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MY RECOVERY JOURNEY: A PERSONAL STORY by John Taylor. Music phenomenon and author of In The Pleasure Groove, John Taylor moved from the excesses of success to loneliness and depression, through the tough paths of recovery, to the joy of building relationships with family and friends. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Times change. People change. Habits change. Policy, products and services change. Research and evidence progress, and ways of working change again. And people forget: we educate one generation and think that information has been relayed indefinitely only to realise that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Since the drive to legalise medical marijuana began in the US in the 1990s, marijuana use doubled and the perception of its harm halved. As Colorado and Washington formally legitimise and sanction its recreational use, these dangerous inverse trends can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Addiction Today
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For GPs and their colleagues, guiding a patient towards recovery is challenged by questions. Is abstinence a goal of treatment or an imperative? Should alcohol addiction be treated as a disease or a lifestyle choice? What is recovery? Howard Marsden-Hughes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Addiction Today
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There is an enormous lack of understanding of the mental and physical health damage caused by childhood sexual and/or physical abuse – including its aftermath’s role in victims becoming dependent on substances. Sue Cox brings us up to date with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Addiction Today
All recovery-focused adult drug and alcohol treatment services across England are entitled to bid for a share of this 2013/14 funding. Due to the very late notice of funding, local authorities can carry projects over into the 2014/15 budget year.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Addiction Today
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Leading personalities in the field of addiction treatment and recovery share some of their expert, inside information to help you identify and thus prepare for major developments which could affect you in the year ahead. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday146 -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Addiction Today
Download PQQ Shortlist. 30 bidders passed the first stage of the competition to win the regional rehabilitation contracts. The list includes a diverse mix of private and voluntary sector partnerships with over 50 organisations represented - from charities experienced in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Addiction Today
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by John Brickell Dr William Glasser, world-renowned psychiatrist, author, and creator of both Reality Therapy and Choice Theory Psychology, has passed away peacefully at the age of 88. Surrounded by his wife Carleen and family members at his home in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Addiction Today
To work on a 25% commission basis Plus agreed expenses. So, what will I be doing? Your day-to-day tasks will include: >> Persuading clients to buy advertising space in Addiction Today (journal and website) >> Finding out who controls the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Addiction Today
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The following is a letter to Richard Graham MP from a parent who attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children and Cannabis. Scroll down for his reply. Gloucester, 22 October 2013 Dear Mr Graham, Yesterday, I attended... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Addiction Today