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Scientifically-informed recovery

Over the past 80 years, Alcoholics Anonymous has grown from two members to over 2million members. AA and similar organisations such as Narcotics Anonymous...

Measuring recovery

‘‘You’re all going to hate the word ‘recovery’ by the end of this’’: Service users’ views of measuring addiction recovery is a research paper...

Help parents to help the next generation

Parents are a wonderfully powerful influence in their teenager’s lives. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence found that teens who learn about...
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Is addiction really a disease?

Presentation by Dr Kevin McCauley, a non-practicing physician who has worked in the field of addiction treatment for two decades. Kevin is creator of the...

Advances in testing

Drug and alcohol testing has been a part of addiction and recovery for as long as I can remember. I started working in the...

Interventions: the historical perspective

In the 1900s, there were high mortality rates from what was then called alcoholism. In the 1930s, psychiatry defined uncontrolled drinking as an emotional/psychological...

Help children of alcoholics

Childhood memories of growing up with an alcoholic father prompted the shadow health secretary to call for greater recognition of the damage done by...

Brainwaves: music, addiction, trauma

How can music actively assist in the treatment of addiction and trauma? You might already have witnessed how a particular piece of music can...

Prevention: our next generation

Article 33 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child says that “States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative, administrative, social...

Gender in recovery

Providing culturally and clinically competent mental-health and addiction services requires clinicians to meet their patients in the reality of the patient’s life with compassion...