In ISAM-NIG's new monthly talk series "In-Love with Addicted Brains”, addiction neuroscientists from across the world share their personal stories/experiences on the beauty of addiction neuroscience and how/why they have decided to invest their scientific life in this field.
The Drugs Wheel can be used as a training tool and as a game for use in training or 1:1 sessions. There are free versions of each to download on this site, as well as a range of other resources. When using the Drugs Wheel, please bear in mind the following:
Alcohol and COVID-19 in SA: An Endless Cycle of Liquor Sales Bans Being Imposed and Lifted, or Catalyst for Meaningful Action?
The SAMRC Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit is now in its 20th year of existence. With about 20+ core staff based in Cape Town and Pretoria the focus is on a broad range of research focusing on the nature and extent of substance use in South Africa, associated consequences and the multifaced interventions aimed at addressing substance use.
Objective: To explore innovative programmes providing solutions in the field of homelessness and drugs.
This booklet is intended for a global audience of parents and caregivers who are in all stages of recovery from substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resultados del estudio sobre prevención, tratamiento e inclusión social, en el marco de la pandemia de Covid-19 en Chile
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
Since the adoption of the first European Drug Strategy 2000–2004, the EU clearly defines drug-related problems as primarily being a Public Health issue. This approach was also endorsed recently by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) countries through the OAS Hemispheric drug strategy 2011–15. In both cases, DDR policies are considered essential to develop a balanced approach in the field of drug policy.
Adfam has produced an online toolkit for practitioners working with parents who care for someone who uses drugs or alcohol and is also abusive toward them.
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Physical activity has many health benefits: it strengthens the heart and can help improve bone health and fitness, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep quality and reduces the risk of diabetes.
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Praising children’s behaviour makes them feel safe and secure.
Praising children the right way can improve self-esteem, increase motivation and enhance perseverance.
Well measured and regular praise improves children’s behaviour and can reduce levels of hyperactivity and inattention.
Sport can be a powerful tool to engage communities and prevent crime, violence and drug use among youth. As part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC’s Youth Crime Prevention through Sport initiative has developed “Line Up Live Up”, an evidence-informed, sport-based life skills training for youth that aims to increase resilience to crime, violence and drug use among young people.
This webinar describes how telephone, mHealth (text-messaging and apps), and computer-based interventions are used in the treatment of methamphetamine use. Key elements of the webinar include
Stigma is a complex construct that is present within societies at different levels. The impact of stigma can severely damage individuals and communities. People who use substances are often on the receiving end of stigmatising attitudes and discrimination from different sources ranging from the general public to healthcare professionals and politicians.
While the National BBV/STI Strategies have emphasised the importance of stigma for people who inject drugs.
However, until recently there has not been a system to measure and report on the experience of stigma.
This webinar explored how COVID-19 pandemic impacted mental health and substance use in young people.
It also discussed the challenges that youth continue to face during the pandemic and how youth allies, including educators, parents, and counselors, can provide support.
This webinar explored how the measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have created challenges for those seeking care. It explored the inequity that exists in access to services, and the opportunities for innovative solutions to support Canadians during a time when we are seeing a growing number report worsening mental health and increased substance use.
This resource presents five concepts critical to understanding adverse childhood experiences and their impact on brain development and health.
The concepts are part of the Brain Story and include:
- brain architecture
- serve-and-return interactions
- toxic stress,
- air traffic control (executive function)
This resource is intended for commercial printing.
Stigma is a significant barrier to wellness and good health for people who use substances.
The goal of this primer is to facilitate conversations and increase awareness of the stigma surrounding people who use substances, their support networks, and service providers in the community.
The publication was developed in partnership with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association.
The Effectiveness Bank features a collection essays written by Drug and Alcohol Findings explaining the background and evidence relating to topics which sometimes prompt heated debate.
Interested in prevention work in particular? Drug and Alcohol Findings have published four essays describing interventions intended to prevent or delay the initiation of substance use or progression to more frequent, regular or harmful use.
In 2017, a major alliance was generated between the School of Medicine of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Paréntesis Foundation which was funded by the FONDECYT Project No. 11170834: "Development and Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention to Reduce Youth Alcohol and Tobacco Use".
Since coming on the market over a decade ago, e-cigarettes have divided opinion. A team of Oxford researchers are searching for new e-cigarette studies every month.
In this podcast, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Dr Nicola Lindson talk about what has been found, and how this changes what we know about e-cigarettes.
Non-viral injecting related injuries and diseases, such as skin and soft tissue infections and blood clots, are incredibly common among people who inject illicit drugs.
Unfortunately, treatment for these harms is often postponed or neglected, leading to worse prognosis and disability.