Seizures of Illegal Diazepam Tablets Double in a Year

Diazepam, first marketed as Valium, is a medicine of the benzodiazepine family. It is often used to treat anxiety, spasms, seizures and occasionally withdrawal. Diazepam typically slows down the functioning of the body and produce a calming effect. Because of the effect Diazepam has on the body, the medication can be highly addictive and in recent years there has been an increase in the seizures of illegal diazepam tablets. A recent review of the situation,

Training on Basic Counselling Skills for Addiction Professional - Final Report

Published by
Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board

In order to appropriately address the concerning global levels of substance use and substance use disorders, it is vital that staff are trained to deliver evidence-based treatment.

At the start of November 2019, the Education and Training Unit of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board conducted training on Basic Counseling Skills for 28 staff members of the NDDCB.

Examining the Profile of High-Potency Cannabis and its Association with Severity of Cannabis Dependence

Freeman, T. P., & Winstock, A. R. (2015). Examining the profile of high-potency cannabis and its association with severity of cannabis dependence. Psychological medicine, 45(15), 3181-3189.



Cannabis use is decreasing in England and Wales, while demand for cannabis treatment in addiction services continues to rise. This could be partly due to an increased availability of high-potency cannabis.


Parents’ Experiences of Abuse by their Adult Children with Drug Problems

Svensson, B., Richert, T., & Johnson, B. (2019). Parents’ experiences of abuse by their adult children with drug problems. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Research on abuse linked with substance use has tended to focus on child abuse and intimate partner violence. 

There have been considerably fewer studies on the nature of abuse committed by children against their parents.

2nd International Conference on Trauma and Addiction: Integrated Approaches to Attachment, Relationships, and Family Issues

Scottsdale, United States,

This International Conference on Trauma and Addiction brings together world-renowned researchers, authors, clinicians, and trainers to review and discuss the interaction between trauma, chemical and behavioural addictions, and psychiatric illnesses. 

This gathering of health professionals is hosted by Meadows Behavioral Healthcare and Newport Academy.

The Stages of Change Model of Overcoming Addiction

Created by
Elizabeth Hartney, PhD
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The “stages of change” or “transtheoretical” model is a way of describing the process by which people overcome addiction. The stages of change can be applied to a range of other behaviors that people want to change, but have difficulty doing so, but it is most well-recognized for its success in treating people with addictions.

Self-Disclosure and the Treatment of Substance Abuse

Dilts, S. L., Clark, C. A., & Harmon, R. J. (1997). Self-disclosure and the treatment of substance abuse. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 14(1), 67–70. doi: 10.1016/s0740-5472(96)00191-2
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The identification and treatment of the substance-abusing physician has led to outcome studies focusing on years of abstinence and resultant work performance, but little has been written addressing the therapeutic changes recovery brings in the personal lives of these physicians or in their approach to similarly addicted patients.