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IN THIS ISSUE
ON THE COVER – HIT Hot Topics
Trauma-informed treatment systems
4 NEWS DRDs rise for homeless people ; MUP affects Scottish alcohol sales
13 LETTERS You have your say 14 COMMISSIONING Facing the future 17 REVIEW OF THE YEAR A look at 2022 20 GAMBLING Giving a problem a face
21 ROUGH SLEEPING Working with commissioners to save lives
22 CAREERS Counselling and therapy 24 WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ... Spiking 25 REAL LIVES An entrepreneur ’ s story
Support for prisoners at Christmas
Ziggy B Designs
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Speakers at Hit Hot Topics talked of dilemmas , frustrations and being on the wrong side of the law ( p6 ). But what shone from their talks was the bravery , resilience , determination and clear purpose in making life ( a lot ) better for their peers . Some of them made uneasy choices and compromised their own safety . Others are struggling through the disappointments and setbacks of funding cuts that make no sense when held against the evidence . We have to hope that cost-effectiveness will be weighed up in human terms .
Our review of the year ( p17 ) reminds us of the struggles at home and abroad , and the pressures we all face . One big positive that seems to have come out of it all is a renewed appetite to work in partnership – particularly the culture of more informed commissioning ( p14 and p21 ) and a harnessing of the collective energy to tackle stigma ( p18 ). We ’ re also fully involved in helping to skill up the workforce , so please keep participating in our careers series , which focuses on counselling and therapy this month ( p22 ).
I hope you enjoy the festive season and get some time to relax . We ’ ll be here online and back in print on 6 February . And as the year draws to a close , thank you for sharing your amazing work with us and being part of the DDN community . Take this hug and pass it on !
Claire Brown , editor www . drinkanddrugsnews . com and @ DDNmagazine
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