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National Drugs Forum 2018:

Working better together by building communities of practice

This event aims to strengthen the capacity of existing communities of practice and provide examples for new networks and collaborative working across the statutory, community and voluntary sectors. It will provide an opportunity for drug services to inform colleagues about their work, to exchange knowledge around what works and to identify information gaps. It will recognise the dynamism and commitment of these services, enable shared learning and encourage discussion among practitioners, activists and policy makers.

The forum will feature two key note presentations from international experts, followed by four parallel workshops.

As part of registration you will be asked to select which of these workshops you would like to attend

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  1. Supporting prevention work in the community Environmental prevention interventions aim to limit the individual’s exposure to unhealthy or risky behaviour opportunities, or to promote the availability of healthy options. Interventions can involve directly controlling what is allowable, influencing economic decision making or fostering behavioural change through alterations in the environment. Unlike traditional prevention programmes that focus on the individual, the focus is on changing the environment so that it supports the prevention of drug use. A number of locally-based alcohol initiatives have an environmental prevention element.

  2. Dual diagnosis: using partnership and peer support as resources in treatment The definition of dual diagnosis as ‘the coexistence of two or more psychiatric disorders at least one of which is problematic substance use’ is useful but does not reveal the complexity involved in diagnosing and developing effective clinical responses to the problem. Part of this complexity is the challenge faced by both mental health and addiction services in responding to unfamiliar problems.

  3. The role of social reintegration in recovery The overall goal of rehabilitation services is to enable people to participate fully in society – emotionally, socially and economically. Social reintegration encompasses work with housing, education, employment and the reestablishment of links with family and community. These are essential parts of the social and physical capital that contribute to recovery.

  4. Harm reduction services: engaging with people who use drugs The shift in drugs policy over the last few years towards a health-led approach has enabled the introduction of a range new high quality services for people who use drugs. Difficulties remain, particularly in regard to access to services, retention in treatment and dealing with new challenges.

We will send a programme for the event to all registered attendees in mid-October.

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