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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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February 12, 2020

A great word I heard recently was anticipointment.   This when you find that something you thought would be great turns out to be rubbish.  Recovery may come into this category for many.  Whilst Recovery is the holy grail of addictions work, the concept is often poorly...

January 14, 2020

What drives a person to smoke cigarettes? What role do emotions play in this addictive behavior? Why do some smokers puff more often and more deeply or even relapse many years after they've quit? 

A team of researchers based at Harvard University now has fresh insights...

September 2, 2019

The ODHIN Trials are a large scale study exploring the effectiveness of brief interventions in primary care for alcohol problems.  As alcohol is increasingly targeted by universal services its findings shed light on what works, or does not work, for extremely time-limi...

August 30, 2019

Alcohol is not the disinhibitor that people assume it is.  Alcohol changes your perception of time- where once you start to drink, you operate in much more of the present moment.  This does not change your behavior as such, but makes you more 'myopic.'  A fascinating s...

July 30, 2019

It is a common statement  regarding substitute opiate prescribing.  But sometimes in hospital settings alcohol dependent individuals are prescribed alcohol. To find out what happens when we do this, read the Findings review of the research here

July 1, 2019

A big thanks to my friend and colleague Colin Mackell for forwarding me this interesting article.  In it the fantastic Prof Nick Heather reflects on definitions and diagnostic issues and considers what is addiction?  For a really interesting review of the subject click...

May 30, 2019

Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The find...

May 13, 2019

One in five people in England have been harmed in some way by others' drinking over the past year, suggest the results of the largest survey of its kind in the UK, published in the online journal BMJ Open.  Nearly one in 20 of them experienced aggression -- physically...

December 20, 2018

Alcohol Change UK have launched their new alcohol research hub.  For great information and resources on alcohol visit the site by clicking here.

December 2, 2018

A great privilege of running this blog is to share some of the work of practitioners who have inspired me but whose work is not often as well known as it should be.  One such person is Dr Morris Chafetz.

When working with treatment resistant clients, I always...

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