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Light illuminates Shadow Defines

We're very proud to have launched our new calendar for 2014 entitled 'Light Illuminates Shadow Defines' which was produced collaboratively between Bad Kamra, a not-for-profit video production company and our digital marketing agency here in Lancaster, Fat Media. We wanted to produce something tha...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs, Noble Cause by John Richmond on 9 January 2014
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Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Delphi tribe, Drugs by John Richmond on 24 October 2013
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Recovery Partnership State of the Sector Survey

Delphi Medical is pleased to have contributed to the 'Recovery Partnership State of the Sector Survey' being conducted by Drug Scope on behalf of the Recovery Partnership. It aims to take a snapshot of the present settings for and adaption of the alcohol and drug treatment sector in England, help...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 26 September 2013
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New report from the Centre for Social Justice makes for difficult reading

'No Quick Fix', a report by the Centre for Social Justice released this week looking into the depth of Britain's drug and alcohol problems. paints a very bleak picture indeed. It exposes the shortcomings of mainstream recovery treatment policy as well as the government's failure to tackle cheap...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 5 September 2013
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I wish him every success

It was great to read about Mark Gilman in the Guardian recently, pointing out the great resource the fellowship has to offer and his aim for the country's addiction treatment services to tap into what he and many others regard as an underused resource. The notion of using community based fell...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs, Noble Cause by John Richmond on 19 August 2013
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Rise in prescriptions issued to treat alcohol dependency makes for alarming reading

The 73% rise in prescriptions to treat alcohol dependency in England over the last decade makes alarming reading and highlights the fact that providing access to drugs without the necessary help that people need does not support effective recovery. The figures provided by Health and Social Ca...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol by John Richmond on 29 July 2013
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The pain of losing a service?

I've been reading a lot this week about the state of the NHS on it's 65th birthday and finding it particularly poignant. This week we handed over our oldest contracts in North Lancashire to a new provider, and I find myself edged out of the local clinical drug and alcohol work that has been so muc...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Core Values, Delphi tribe, Drugs by on 5 July 2013
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Does gender impact on the response to treatment?

Our initial survey into the link between feelings of wellbeing and the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment has already thrown up some interesting challenges to traditional thinking. Specifically, early indications of significant differences in how people respond to treatment based on their...

Read More » Posted in: 5 Ways To Wellbeing, Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 19 June 2013
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Is drug and alcohol recovery a risky business?

As drug and alcohol service providers, we are responsible for the recovery treatments we facilitate, just as we are those who seek them. Both services and the individuals that work within them consent to liability and risk in various forms. So does the business of drug and alcohol recovery at...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 21 May 2013
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What is the practitioner's role if patients lead their own drug and alcohol recovery?

Part nine of our series discussing service concerns about drug and alcohol recovery focuses on the implications of a patient-centric approach. Recovery models recognise that many people succeed in their rehabilitation without accessing specialist treatment or formal support services. Th...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 16 May 2013
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How can we determine the value of recovery-oriented services if these are not evidence based?

  This blog series addresses the top ten service concerns in our industry about drug and alcohol recovery. In part eight, we propose that recovery-oriented services need not be evidence based. It makes sense for health services which are evidence based to attract an air of legitimacy an...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 10 May 2013
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Is a bigger budget the only answer for improving drug and alcohol recovery services?

The seventh blog in this series, addressing the top ten service concerns about recovery, tackles the age-old issue of funding. Unlike some of the other most prevalent service concerns we've identified within recovery, the money matter is not a myth borne of stereotype or inadequate acc...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 3 May 2013
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Is recovery only achievable with acceptance of one's own drug and alcohol dependence?

In part six of our series on service concerns about drug and alcohol recovery, we explore the notion that recovery is only possible once an addicted person develops insight into their own dependency. The majority of people experiencing physical and mental problems associated with substanc...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 1 May 2013
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Why recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is not just achievable for the least dependent

This blog, the fifth in our series on service concerns within drug and alcohol recovery, addresses the misconception that recovery happens for very few people with severe dependency problems. In society there can be concern that recovery is a rarity for those with major addictions. Inde...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 29 April 2013
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Why recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is not just a fad

The fourth in our blog series on service concerns about drug and alcohol recovery responds to claims that recovery is a 'fad' which raises false hopes and positions patients to fail.  Even amongst informed practitioners who understand the language of recovery, there exists a nagging doubt ...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 24 April 2013
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Why being in recovery doesn't necessarily mean being drug-free

In the third of our series addressing service concerns about drug and alcohol recovery, we look into if a person can be 'cured' if they are still using illicit substances. The term 'recovery' is not a synonym for 'cure'. It refers to a journey undertaken with definitive goals but which are sit...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Core Values, Drugs by John Richmond on 19 April 2013
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Why drug and alcohol recovery is essential for health services

The second post of the series, which discusses the top ten service concerns surrounding recovery, challenges the notion that recovery orientated care adds to the burden of an already stretched service. Delphi Medical is not the only organisation championing recovery-oriented systems of care d...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 16 April 2013
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Challenging the top ten service concerns about drug and alcohol recovery

Over the coming weeks, Delphi Medical will address some of the biggest concerns surrounding recovery in mental health and drug and alcohol misuse in a series of new blog posts. This first blog focuses on the apprehension that recovery is old news. While it's true that within mental health the not...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 11 April 2013
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The Role of GP's in the Recovery Process

    RSA set out to make a short film for GPs and other primary care practitioners featuring local people in recovery talking about their positive and negative experiences of approaching their GPs for help. It was done in conjunction with the SMMGP who will be linking it with a new e...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by John Richmond on 5 April 2013
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Why 'Minimum Unit Pricing' for alcohol is so important?

The Alcohol Health Alliance (an alliance of over 70 health organisations) has launched an e-petition aimed at encouraging the Government to proceed with their promises to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol. As an organisation Delphi Medical supports this campaign and we encourage you to sign up ...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol by on 19 March 2013
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Using new technologies in addiction recovery

I had an interesting discussion earlier this week concerning our plans to use more new technology in our drug and alcohol treatment. It resulted in a piece in the local press which is always good for any organisation, and gives my Mum something for her scrapbook! We have a strong belief i...

Read More » Posted in: 5 Ways To Wellbeing, Alcohol, Drugs by on 15 March 2013
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Do shock tactics work?

Imagine the scene. A person worse for whatever they've had that evening slumbers on the last bus home. A stranger creeps up to them, carefully avoiding waking them, and slips something around their wrist. They stealthily move onto the next 'victim' who is snoring down the aisle...........  ...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol by on 12 March 2013
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Thoughts on Russell Brand's recovery account

I read something early in the week in the Spectator and it made me think (always a good thing!). He has written a piece to support the concert he did for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief to raise funds for the substance misuse related work they support. He writes eloquently and with feeling about hi...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol, Drugs by on 11 March 2013
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Why has cirrhosis increased so much in the UK?

You may have seen the reports in the press this week detailing how the UK has fallen from 1990 to 2010 in league tables of comparing the nations health with other countries. Even though our overall life expectancy has increased by over 4 years, we have far worse figures for premature death in the ...

Read More » Posted in: Alcohol by on 6 March 2013
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