substance use

Trauma and Substance Use

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The Matilda Centre


This webinar provided information about the nature of trauma (including post-traumatic stress disorder) and its effects. As well as discussing the link between trauma and the use of alcohol and other drugs (including methamphetamine).

Flattening the Curve of Substance Use Harms


Initial research points to a shift in people’s use of drugs and alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now more than ever, young people and schools need access to evidence based resources promoting healthy habits and preventing problematic drug and alcohol use from an early age.

Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ* Populations

NIDA. (2017, September 5). Substance Use and SUDs in LGBTQ* Populations. Retrieved from on 2020, June 5
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People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges not encountered by people who identify as heterosexual. They also face a greater risk of harassment and violence. As a result of these and other stressors, sexual minorities are at increased risk for various behavioural health issues.

Adfam Survey: How has Covid-19 impacted families affected by substance use internationally?

The Policy and Communications team at Adfam have asked us to relay this call-out to ISSUP members and the international DDR community... Adfam is a UK-based charity that improves life for families affected by someone else’s substance use. We’ve heard through our frontline projects, findings from an online survey, activity on our online family forum and statements from partner organisations that Covid-19 is resulting in a number of additional challenges for families in the UK

Mental Health, Substance Use & Brain Chemistry

Published by
Alcohol and Drug Foundation
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Many people who develop substance use disorders have mental health conditions, and, likewise, many individuals who suffer from mental health issues also use substances in a harmful manner.

The relationship between mental health and substance use is complex.

In ADF's latest insight, the organisation provides an overview of the subject and its relationship with our brain chemistry.

Association of Alcohol Screening Scores With Adverse Mental Health Conditions and Substance Use Among US Adults

Khan MR, Young KE, Caniglia EC, et al. Association of Alcohol Screening Scores With Adverse Mental Health Conditions and Substance Use Among US Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(3):e200895. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0895
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Importance: Alcohol screening may be associated with health outcomes that cluster with alcohol use (ie, alcohol-clustering conditions), including depression, anxiety, and use of tobacco, marijuana, and illicit drugs.

Project Khanya: A Randomized, Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of a Peer-Delivered Behavioral Intervention for ART Adherence and Substance Use in Cape Town, South Africa

Magidson, J.F., Joska, J.A., Myers, B. et al. Project Khanya: a randomized, hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of a peer-delivered behavioral intervention for ART adherence and substance use in Cape Town, South Africa. Implement Sci Commun 1, 23 (2020).
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Substance use is prevalent in South Africa and associated with poor HIV treatment outcomes, yet, it is largely unaddressed in HIV care. Implementing an evidence-based, task-shared intervention for antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and substance use integrated into HIV care may be a feasible and effective way to improve HIV treatment outcomes and reduce substance use in this population.