Who calls the Shots?

The study of the regulation of harmful but legal products and services including alcohol, tobacco and gambling provides a fascinating dynamic insight into the tension between “public” good and “private” interest that the latter now tend to defer to so called “libertarian” aggressive groups to progress their causes. Since May 2015, it has become clearer how deeply entrenched the alcohol lobby remains with the NSW and other state and territory …

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Barwon Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service.

Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector has undergone major change. The changes are consistent with directions set by the Victorian Government in New directions for alcohol and drug treatment services: A framework for reform (August 2013), its response to recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General Office’s review of the alcohol and drug service system in 2011 and feedback from clients, families, carers and service providers. Outpatient services have been subject to …

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Addiction Workforce Development

Addiction Workforce Development – The Aotearoa New Zealand experience: A reflection Anna Nelson-Programme Manager, Matua Raki. As I have been thinking about addiction workforce development internationally, I have also been reflecting on what is unique about the Aotearoa New Zealand experience.  There are four key features that seem to have been instrumental in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand’s addiction workforce; Dapaanz (the addiction practitioners association Aotearoa New Zealand); Matua Raki (the …

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Community Development Response to ICE & Other Drugs

With the growing drug problems in many communities holistic healers and counsellors are needing to educate themselves about services, intervention programs and health options that are available to support their clients or the town they live in. That is exactly what the Optimal Health Group (OHG) and Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) does. We provide a range of services and present public community forums to educate local communities on the …

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Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions

Mrs Bronwyn Morris Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Like Mental Health. The plight of mothers as mentioned in the article entitled Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions: common stories in a reinforcing social system became evident during my 18- years working in a psychiatric dual diagnosis recovery centre in Queensland, Australia.  My roles in the centre progressed during this time from a live in mental health …

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Social Exclusion and Addiction: “Creating a Sense of Belonging”

Social Exclusion and Addiction: “Creating a Sense of Belonging” The negative effects of social exclusion and isolation caused by substance addiction and methods of combating these effects by developing hope and new sense of purpose.  Author: Mr David Peters, Mental Health Carers NSW. People do not recover from addiction in isolation. Recovery is often closely related to social inclusion and being able to undertake personally fulfilling social roles within local …

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Adolescent Internet Addiction

The roles of Parent-and-Child Mental Health and Parental Internet Addiction in Adolescent Internet Addiction Lawrence T. Lam Internet Addiction (IA) is a growing problem particularly among young people. Mental health in adolescents, such as Attention Deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and hostility, have been reported as co-morbidities of IA. On the other hand, familial and parental factors of adolescence IA have also been drawing attention and there has been …

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The ‘Spice is Rife’: Synthetic cannabinoid use amongst the homeless in the UK

A recent study carried out by Dr Paul Gray and Dr Rob Ralphs from Manchester Metropolitan University has found that synthetic cannabinoids – referred to generically as ‘Spice’ – are rife amongst the homeless community in Manchester, with an estimated 80 to 95 per cent of the homeless in the city using synthetic cannabinoids. The study found that their undetectable nature (both in public spaces and in mandatory drug tests), …

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A Practical Approach to Addiction

A Practical Approach to Addiction: The Hunter and the Economist’ or Addiction as an Ecological Trap Philip Townshend from PsychMed Adelaide, and Mathew McMillan. Addiction has been attributed to many physiological and psychological effects including neuroadaptation to addictive substances, self-medication of anxiety disorders, stress and deprivation, and genetics and in the community the predominant view is that addiction is a moral issue probably caused by character or biological flaws in …

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Use of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs

Bond University is conducting a research investigation into use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs). The purpose of the study is to measure PIEDs usage within the community and to better understand the perceived benefits/harms of PIEDs use, the type and severity of physical and psychological side effects which may be experienced by users, and the addiction potential or lack of addiction potential of PIEDs and criminal linkages. Industry …

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