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Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine ContEnts ‘Disinvestment has become the norm... so where does that leave us?’ ON THE COVER A modern take on classical philosophy, p6 4 NEWS Scots record highest hospital admissions; Brits get drunk more than other nations. 6 HOLE IN THE SOUL What can Classical Greek philosophy teach us about the nature of addiction, asks Albert Yates. 8 BRAND NEW DAY The government’s new drug recovery champion, Dr Edward Day, talks to DDN. 10 STAYING AHEAD Let’s look on the bright side of CQC inspections, says Jay Stewart. 10 THE PLACE TO GROW Kate Halliday on a new, revitalised FDAP. 11 KEEPING CLIENTS MOVING Skilling people up for a changing workplace is vital, says Asi Panditharatna. 12 INNER STRENGTH It’s time to unleash the power of emotional intelligence, says Derek Fredericks. 14 RISING TIDE Calls for policy change are becoming more urgent, hear parliamentarians. 16 CZAR GAZING How do we get policymakers onside, asks Mike Trace. 17 LETTERS Failing survivors of childhood sexual abuse; legalisation wrangles. 18 A CALL TO ENGAGE Get involved in Addiction Awareness Week, says Graham Beech. DDN is published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT t: 0845 299 3429 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Editor: Claire Brown e: [email protected] Subscriptions: e: [email protected] Advertising manager: Ian Ralph e: [email protected] website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Website support by wiredupwales.com Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd T wenty years ago substance misuse treatment was a government priority, with a 400 per cent increase in investment (page 16). A decade ago the government- funded Drug Interventions Programme was diverting many people away from the criminal justice system and into education and treatment programmes (page 14). Since then disinvestment has become the norm. So where does that leave us? In dire need of a clear harm reduction led strategy to replace a ‘tough on drugs’ approach that is unfit for purpose in every way, according to a parliamentary meeting that included senior police and highly experienced policymakers. The government’s newly appointed drug recovery champion is a welcome arrival, promising a listening ear, a strong voice, and a commitment to tackling stigma and prejudice around people who have had problems with drugs (page 8). His professional experience will certainly bring an informed view to the home secretary’s drug strategy board, and it is encouraging that he is already a keen supporter of service user involvement and peer-led recovery communities. Meanwhile, far away from Westminster, we’re continuing our quest for new and interesting approaches to understanding addiction and in this month’s cover story Albert Yates offers a fascinating journey into Classical Greek philosophy. Could Socrates teach us a thing or two about nurturing the soul? Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Cover by lambada / iStock DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Proud to work in partnership with: CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept respon si bility for the accuracy of state ments made by contri bu t ors or advertisers. The contents of this magazine are the copyright of CJ Wellings Ltd, but do not necess arily represent its views, or those of its partner organisations. June 2019 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3 Editor’s lEttEr