SMMGP - Substance Misuse Management Good Practice

Substance Misuse Management Good Practice

Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

Useful Links

The following web sites offer information and/or resources relevant to those working in the area of substance misuse management. If you would like your site to be mentioned on this page, or if you would like us to update any of the information provided, please contact us and let us know the details.

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Department of Health Department of Health
"The aim of the Department of Health is to improve the health and well-being of people in England. This site gives you the latest news and information about the Department and our work. It also offers you easy access to the wide range of publications, policy and guidance we produce."
DMIS (Drug Misuse Information in Scotland) DMIS (Drug Misuse Information in Scotland)
"This site provides information, statistics and research on drugs misuse in Scotland. Our target users are policy makers, professionals, researchers, employers and the wider community."
Home Office - Drugs & Drug Prevention Home Office - Drugs
"This page contains links to information, web site links and publications on this subject."
See also
Public Health England (PHE) Public Health England (PHE)
"We work with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation's health and support healthier choices. We are addressing inequalities by focusing on removing barriers to good health."
Substance Misuse Skills Consortium Substance Misuse Skills Consortium
"The Substance Misuse Skills Consortium is an independent, sector-led initiative to harness the ideas, energy and talent within the substance misuse treatment field, to maximise the ability of the workforce, and to help more drug and alcohol misusers recover."

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National Drug & Alcohol Information/Research

Alcohol Concern Alcohol Concern
"Alcohol Concern is the leading national charity working on alcohol issues. Our goal is to improve people's lives through reducing the harm caused by alcohol."
DS Daily DS Daily
"A DrugScope daily drug and alcohol news service."
See also DrugScope.
Drink & Drugs News (DDN) Drink & Drugs News (DDN)
"Drink and Drugs News (DDN) is the fortnightly magazine for all professionals in the drug and alcohol field. DDN provides news, features, research, and the latest thinking in the field in an attractive and convenient format. With thriving comments and letters pages, the magazine has become the place where people working with substance misuse have their say - and know it will be read. Informative and inclusive, each edition of DDN signposts readers to more information and resources, and it is relied on as the regular update and networking tool."
See also Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP).
Drug & Alcohol Findings Drug & Alcohol Findings
Drug & Alcohol Findings bridges the divide between research on the effectiveness of responses to drug and alcohol problems and the practitioners who provide those interventions, with a focus on UK-relevant research. The project aims to encapsulate the studies' findings, set them in context and to explore the implications for practice.
DrugScope DrugScope (formerly ISDD & SCODA)
"We are the leading UK charity supporting professionals working in drug and alcohol treatment, drug education and prevention and criminal justice. We are also the primary source of independent information on drugs and drug related issues."
See also DS Daily.
Exchange Supplies Exchange Supplies
"Exchange Supplies is a unique social enterprise set up by drug workers to improve the harm reduction response to drug use by developing innovative quality products, publications, and conferences for drug services, needle exchanges, and injecting drug users, and providing employment and training opportunities for drug users."
FDAP Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
"The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector."
See also Drink & Drugs News (DDN).
Film Exchange on Alcohol & Drugs Film Exchange on Alcohol & Drugs (FEAD)
"FEAD is an online resource that brings short video presentations from leading figures in the alcohol and drugs field direct to your screen. The contributors cover a range of topics honestly and directly, including: achievements, problem areas, and reflections on the field's history."
" is a new, free, and easy to Access service for Healthcare Professionals looking to save time when creating various healthcare campaigns. This website has over 990 links to UK based resources and publications, which covers over 120 Health Categories. This gives you plenty of choice for your next campaign, all in one place."
National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS-UK) National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS-UK)
"The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS-UK) is dedicated to supporting people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and their families and communities. It promotes education for professionals and public awareness about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy."
Novel Psychoactive Treatment: UK Network Novel Psychoactive Treatment: UK Network (NEPTUNE)
"NEPTUNE has been developed to improve clinical practice in the management of harms resulting from the use of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. It is aimed at clinicians working in a range of frontline settings, including drug treatment and recovery services, emergency departments, sexual health services and primary care."
Recovery Resources Recovery Resources
An NTA micro-site "supporting the commissioning and delivery of the drug strategy outcomes".

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Campaigning Organisations

HCV Action HCV Action
"HCV Action is the online home of the hepatitis C professional community bringing together hepatitis C health professionals from across the patient pathway with the pharmaceutical industry and patient representatives. We are committed to ensuring that hepatitis C is effectively addressed through prevention, early diagnosis, successful treatment and care by sharing information, raising awareness training and campaigning."
The Hepatitis C Trust The Hepatitis C Trust
"The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C. It was founded and is now led and run by people with personal experience of hepatitis C and almost all of our Board, staff and volunteers either have hepatitis C or have had it and cleared it after treatment."
Naloxone Action Group England Naloxone Action Group England
"Access - Overdose Prevention - Family/Peers/First Responders - Saving Lives"
NAG is made up of a number of organisations who have come together to press for wider availability of naloxone in England.
Re-Solv Re-Solv
"Re-Solv is here to help anyone whose life is affected by volatile substance abuse, whether directly or indirectly."
Release Release
"Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law - providing free and confidential specialist advice to the public and professionals. Release also campaigns for changes to UK drug policy to bring about a fairer and more compassionate legal framework to manage drug use in our society."
Talk to Frank Talk to Frank
"For free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day talk to FRANK."
UKHRA (United Kingdom Harm Reduction Alliance) UKHRA (United Kingdom Harm Reduction Alliance)
"The UKHRA is a campaigning coalition of drug users, health and social care workers, criminal justice workers and educationalists that aims to put public health and human rights at the centre of drug treatment and service provision for drug users. "

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Patient & Carer Organisations/Advocacy

Adfam Adfam
"Our mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use. Adfam is the only national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Our final goal is that no family member in need of support should go without it. As well as providing support materials and training specifically for families and professionals, Adfam informs policy development and campaigns both locally and nationally for improved family support services."
The Alliance (formerly Methadone Alliance) The Alliance (formerly Methadone Alliance)
"We are a user led organisation which provides advocacy, training and helpline services to those currently in drug or alcohol treatment, those who have accessed treatment in the past and those who may access treatment in the future."
CodeineFree CodeineFree
"Codeinefree was formed in September 2005 with three aims. Firstly, to bring help and advice to people who found themselves dependant on codeine or dihydrocodeine. Secondly, to try to bring said help from medical and pharmaceutical professionals and thirdly, to raise awareness to the entire area of codeine, dihydrocodeine (including Vicodin and Oxycodone) and Over The Counter (OTC) dependency."
"Supporting famililes, carers and friends affected by substance abuse. Our mission is to establish ourselves as a lifeline for families struggling with the nightmare of Addiction."
MyLife4Me MyLife4Me
A site "for anyone who has been affected by drugs and/or alcohol".
My Recovery My Choice My Recovery My Choice
"My Recovery My Choice was produced by the Alliance who redrafted a set of internationally-available materials to make them suitable for the UK. Undertaken in consultation with other partners, this is an ongoing process. By providing quality information about opioid dependence and the options available in the UK for tackling it, our aim is to empower users and their families to make the best decisions for their unique journey towards recovery, to overcome this complex social and medical condition."

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Local Services

Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT) Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT)
BAT's aims are "To help those who are addicted to benzodiazepine tranquillisers and sleeping pills, and drugs with similar effects, and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal; to educate and inform all those who may come across the problem of BZ etc. addiction, either personally or professionally, towards an understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs' action and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal; and to influence services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from benzodiazepines and similar drugs."
Doncaster Drug Hub Doncaster Drug Hub
This site provides information on treatment options available to those in the Doncaster area.
Leeds Addiction Unit (LAU) Leeds Addiction Unit (LAU)
"The essential role of the Leeds Addiction Unit is to provide assessment, treatment, and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who have complex needs. The Addiction Unit clinical work is complemented by the Training Department which has a portfolio of courses validated and accredited by the University of Leeds, and additionally the Unit consultants collaborate on leading a programme of clinically orientated research. The clinical and non-clinical services are strongly bound together so each benefits from the other."
London Calling London Calling
"This blog is for GPs and others working with substance misusers in the London, providing news, details of training and conferences and information. The blog will also provide details of future (and past) PANN meetings. The blog is moderated by the RCGP Substance Misuse Unit Regional Lead, Dr Matthew Young and the content is his opinion and not that of the RCGP!"
Substance Misuse Strategic Team - Leicestershire & Rutland Substance Misuse Strategic Team - Leicestershire & Rutland
"The Substance Misuse Strategic Team vision is that all service users in Leicestershire and Rutland have fair and equitable access to drug and alcohol treatment services which meet their needs, encourage recovery and social re-integration and are able to reduce the harms caused by substance misuse to the individuals, those affected by their misuse and the wider community."

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Primary Care/Medicine/Psychology

British Medical Journal British Medical Journal
"BMJ Group delivers the highest standard of medical information and resources to improve outcomes for patients and the provision of healthcare worldwide. We are proud of our heritage spanning over 170 years but also believe in looking forward. As technology and the needs of the medical community have changed we have responded. Today we reach a global audience in over 35 countries by providing a wide range of evidence-based medicine products, in print, online and at events. These combine to offer the medical community a comprehensive information support system that improves patient outcomes and the decisions people make every day. With its proud tradition of radical innovation, BMJ Group now provides a wealth of digital services ñ all aimed at improving patient outcomes by enhancing the capabilities of doctors and healthcare professionals worldwide."
HCV Action HCV Action
"HCV Action is the online home of the hepatitis C professional community bringing together hepatitis C health professionals from across the patient pathway with the pharmaceutical industry and patient representatives. We are committed to ensuring that hepatitis C is effectively addressed through prevention, early diagnosis, successful treatment and care by sharing information, raising awareness training and campaigning"
Health Service Journal (HSJ) Online Health Service Journal (HSJ) Online
" and Health Service Journal are your source for NHS news and NHS jobs. Log on or subscribe to stay on top of health management and policy issues. From commissioning to mental health, from policy making to the front line, HSJ offers unrivalled news, analysis and opinion."
RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners)
"The RCGP is the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and overseas. We are committed to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training."

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Training & Education

Action on Addiction Action on Addiction
"Action on Addiction are the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns. We are working hard to realise our vision of people free from addiction and its effects."
Action on Addiction Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE)
"We are the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) and are part of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, within the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. We are a not-for-profit organisation, offering continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities by providing high-quality, professional learning materials and excellent customer service."
e-GP e-GP
"From here you can access the e-GP online e-learning resource for NHS General Practitioners and doctors undertaking specialty training for UK general practice, jointly developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH). The e-GP resource provides a programme of e-learning modules covering the RCGP curriculum. Each module is made up of reflective and interactive e-learning sessions that enhance GP training and support preparation for appraisal and revalidation."
"Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA) is the leading national workforce development organisation supporting those working with and affected by drug and alcohol misuse. We work to improve the competence of staff working in the substance misuse field in order that the interventions available locally aid the recovery of those affected by substance misuse."
The Training Effect The Training Effect
"As an established provider to the public sector, we design, develop and deliver training programmes and services which save money,improve outcomes and support frontline service delivery."
The Training Exchange The Training Exchange
"Our training benefits people from a range of backgrounds including: housing, health & social care, criminal justice, drug & alcohol services, education, youth & community. Recognised nationally for our specialist drug and alcohol training, our courses develop skills and confidence in working with substance misuse, addiction, dependency, recovery and the cycle of change. Training opportunities include Motivational interviewing, Brief solution focused therapy, Alcohol - Brief interventions, Groupwork skills, ITEP and many more. Course learning is mapped to DANOS (Drug and alcohol national occupational standards)."

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Breaking Free Online Breaking Free Online
"Breaking Free Online is an online treatment and recovery programme that allows people to resolve the psychological and lifestyle issues that drive their use of alcohol, and so conquer their dependence once and for all."
Counselling Directory Counselling Directory
"Counselling Directory aims to be the leading service for providing counselling advice and information - connecting those in distress with the largest support network in the UK."
Erowid Erowid
"Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future."
Hypnotherapy Directory Hypnotherapy Directory
"Hypnotherapy Directory is a UK based online directory listing hypnotherapists who are registered with a professional body or those who have sent in copies of their qualifications and insurance cover. The directory is run by a team dedicated to promoting the benefits of hypnotherapy. Our aim is to connect visitors with the hypnotherapy professional most suited to their needs."
Methadone on Facebook Methadone on Facebook
"Help us ensure access to and continued provision of methadone treatment globally by becoming a fan of this page and encouraging your friends to become fans as well."

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International Resources

Addiction Treatment Forum Addiction Treatment Forum
"Addiction Treatment Forum reports on substance abuse news of interest to opioid treatment programs and patients in methadone maintenance treatment." is a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. The Web site is dedicated to keeping the public informed about drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers.
Drug & Alcohol Office Drug & Alcohol Office
The Government of Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office provides and contracts a statewide network of services relating to prevention, treatment, professional education and training and research activities in the drug and alcohol sector.
Drug Policy Alliance Drug Policy Alliance
"The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights."
"Drugwatch is dedicated to informing you about dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices."
Europad European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD)
"The European society for professionals interested in the development of effective opiate addiction treatment in Europe and elsewhere."
Global Drug Survey (GDS) Global Drug Survey (GDS)
"Global Drug Survey (GDS) is the independent International centre of expertise in qualitative and quantitative, non-judgmental, informative and confidential drug surveys. GDS prides itself on being an innovative, wellbeing-focused organisation, established to analyse and collate first-hand public responses regarding illicit and controlled drugs, drug usage and drug trends."
GDS provides the confidential and free Drugs Meter and Drinks Meter tools.
International Harm Reduction Association Harm Reduction International (formerly IHRA)
"Our vision is a world in which individuals and communities benefit from drug laws, policies and practices that promote health, dignity and human rights. We work to reduce drug related harms by promoting evidence based public health policy and practices and human rights based approaches to drug policy through an integrated programme of research, analysis, advocacy and civil society strengthening."
International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP) IDHDP (International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies)
"IDHDP (International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies) is a global network of medical doctors mobilizing the participation of the medical profession in advancing drug policies based on health, science, human rights and compassion."
International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
"We are a global network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and professional networks that come together to promote objective and open debate on drug policy issues at the national and international level. We support evidence-based policies that are effective in reducing drug-related harm."
Medical Journals Medical Journals
"Since year 2000 we have been linking to medical journals from all over the world. Our uniquely arranged database lists both free and subscriber-only journals. Additionally, we archive the following: editorials from eleven leading journals, selected research papers, medico-legal articles and judgments from UK courts."
NAMA National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery)
"NAMA Recovery is an organization composed of medication assisted treatment patients and health care professionals that are supporters of quality opiate agonist treatment. We have thousands of members worldwide with a network of international affiliated organizations and chapters in many places in the United States. The primary objective of NAMA Recovery is to advocate for the patient in treatment by destigmatizing and empowering medication assisted treatment patients. First and foremost, NAMA Recovery confronts the negative stereotypes that impact on the self esteem and worth of many medication assisted treatment patients with a powerful affirmation of pride and unity."
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
"NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction."
National Library of Medicine National Library of Medicine
"The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world's largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States."
The Vienna Declaration The Vienna Declaration
"The Vienna Declaration is a statement calling for the incorporation of scientific evidence into illicit drug policies. Research shows that an over reliance on drug law enforcement has resulted in overwhelmingly negative health and social consequences, yet law enforcement continues to be the dominant policy approach adopted by policymakers, at the expense of more effective public health interventions. The declaration was drafted by a writing committee of international experts and initiated by several of the world's leading HIV and drug policy scientific bodies: the International AIDS Society, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS."