Quetiapine (branded as Seroquel in the US) is an antipsychotic drug used for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It’s also prescribed off-license in the UK for anxiety. That means that some people with substance use disorders who don’t have a major mental health diagnosis end up on it. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence … Continue reading Quetiapine Abuse
Influencers It’s no coincidence that my best subjects at school were the ones where my teachers taught enthusiastically, connected me up to useful resources, had high expectations of me and who gave affirmation and encouraged progress. From my experience of working in addiction treatment, while accepting teaching is not the same as treatment, I think … Continue reading Mutual Aid: Must Do Better
In many places peer support has been integrated into addiction treatment services, often with enthusiasm. What do we know about the effect of peer support though? In my own service, introduction of a structured peer support programme was associated with a sharp increase in retention (treatment completion) rates – but that’s not evidence in the … Continue reading Peer Support – does it make a difference?