Social reintegration and employment: evidence and interventions for drug users in treatment

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, September 2018

In order to help drug users become full members of society following treatment, measures are needed that address the issues of housing, education, vocational training and employment as part of their recovery. This report considers existing interventions targeting this vulnerable social group. It also provides a set of conclusions targeted at policymakers and drug practitioners, in order to help them develop coherent and comprehensive social integration strategies. Examples of ‘what works’ in practice are a vital first step in developing evidence-based guidelines for future interventions.

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Understanding recovery from a family perspective: A survey of life in recovery for families

Alcohol Research UK, August 2018

This report confirms the need for a focus on families, as well as individual substance users, when planning treatment and recovery interventions. It shows that family members are both a resource to support recovery and people whose own lives can be transformed through recovery. Supporting families is essential to developing an integrated approach to reducing alcohol harms, and understanding the experiences of family members plays a key role in achieving this goal.

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Our Invisible Addicts: College Report CR211

Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2018

Evidence-based revision of Our Invisible Addicts, it focus’ on:

  • Portraying lived experience of substance misuse.
  • Examining public health aspects.
  • Emphasising the importance of comprehensive assessment.
  • Highlighting the relevance of alcohol-related brain damage and physical complications.
  • Detailing the nature, range and benefits of age-sensitive treatment approaches.
  • Exploring best practice in service delivery and implementation.
  • Developing education and training to improve workforce competencies.
  • Suggesting future areas for research and development.
  • Clarifying the role and relevance of ethical and legal aspects of care.

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Drug safety testing at festivals and night clubs

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2017

This policy paper looks at how health harm related to drug use, particularly from stimulant ‘club drugs’ such as ecstasy, can be minimised in night clubs and music festivals.  Drug safety testing pilots at two UK festivals in 2016 saw almost one in five users (18%) dispose of their drugs once aware of the content.  The paper calls for the roll out of drug safety testing facilities as standard in the UK across all festivals, city centre nightlife areas in the UK and as a client service at drug treatment services.

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European Drug Report 2017: Trends and Developments

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, June 2017

This Trends and Developments report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. Together with the online Statistical Bulletin, Country Drug Reports and Perspectives on Drugs, it makes up the 2017 European Drug Report package.

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Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes

Department for Work and Pensions, December 2016

The government asked Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review into how best to support people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obese, to start, return or remain in work.

This review provides an evidence-based analysis of the factors that stand in the way of employment and recommends practical interventions to help overcome them.

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