NICE guidance on dual diagnosis 2016

This is not the first time that Dual Diagnosis has been discussed on this blog (you can read them all here).  However we now have official guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the issue. My lovely friend Libby Ranzetta did an excellent synopsis that garnered praise on Twitter from the NICE … Continue reading NICE guidance on dual diagnosis 2016

The complexity and challenge of ‘dual diagnosis’

So this is an extra post squeezed in before I go away as it’s too important to miss!  It’s a great drug and alcohol findings research article about the complexity and challenge of dual diagnosis that I have written about before here.  To the left is an excellent diagram of ‘the quadrant model of dual … Continue reading The complexity and challenge of ‘dual diagnosis’

Alcohol and Depression – Dual Diagnosis response still inadequate?

This comes courtesy of Alcohol Policy UK and Alcohol Concern regarding depression and dual diagnosis. Alcohol Concern have released a new alcohol and depression factsheet [pdf], which highlights ‘a complex, powerful and mutually reinforcing relationship between alcohol and depression’. The factsheet says depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK … Continue reading Alcohol and Depression – Dual Diagnosis response still inadequate?

Charities approach to dual diagnosis of mental health and substance misuse

This has long been a bug bear of mine and others too who blog in this field, particularly my friend Libby Ranzetta over at Depression Lab.  We despair at the lack of joined up thinking when it comes to mental health and substance misuse knowing that the two are intimately linked and one feeds and … Continue reading Charities approach to dual diagnosis of mental health and substance misuse

Guest Post: Finding the Link Between Substance Abuse and Schizophrenia

I was contacted on email by Justin in November who said; “I am a recovering addict and content writer interested in providing a guest post article.  In my path to recovery I’ve taken to writing content about addiction, recovery and substance abuse through my treatment program.”  Here’s what he wrote about substance abuse and schizophrenia: … Continue reading Guest Post: Finding the Link Between Substance Abuse and Schizophrenia

The NHS is failing people with mental health and substance use problems

This is not the first time I’ve written about mental health and alcohol dual diagnosis and the failure of the NHS to treat appropriately.  You can read my other posts here. This is what Professor Liz Hughes had to say in The Guardian in December. People who have mental health along with substance use problems … Continue reading The NHS is failing people with mental health and substance use problems

Review of Alcohol Treatment Services

    Review of Alcohol Treatment Services Alcohol Concern undertook a project on behalf of the Recovery Partnership to review the current state of alcohol treatment in England. Alcohol Concern conducted three national surveys, 46 interviews, and 14 workshops to find out how recent changes in health and social care have impacted on the service … Continue reading Review of Alcohol Treatment Services

Depression-related drinking: going against the grain

I’ve reblogged this from Libby over at the Depression Lab who has let me re-blogged her work before here. In Britain, people who experience anxiety or depression are said to be twice as likely to be heavy or problem drinkers.  It surprises me the risk is not much higher.  I mean, why wouldn’t anyone with … Continue reading Depression-related drinking: going against the grain

Drinking in pregnancy: where next for preventing FASD in the UK?

My son was conceived on a Bank Holiday August week-end.  Ironically I also attended a Hen Do that week-end where as you can guess much alcohol was consumed despite my trying to conceive at the same time.  So this post today seems fitting.  It is courtesy of a guest blog for Alcohol Policy UK that … Continue reading Drinking in pregnancy: where next for preventing FASD in the UK?