Addiction, Health, Behaviour Change | CGL


  • 21 March 2013
    Seeds of Recovery is a service user-led campaign to highlight the inspirational recovery journeys of people who have overcome addiction. Service users have worked with professional artists to create original art works that explore their feelings and ideas about recovery. They are now touring the north and midlands to encourage other local services to use the campaign resources in their recovery programmes.
  • 21 March 2013
    A midwife who works in partnership with CRI’s Inspire project in East Lancashire has received an award for her work with pregnant women who have problems with drugs and alcohol. Liz Maddran, who works at the Inspire project in, was runner-up at the recent Royal College of Midwives (RCM) national awards in the category Initiatives in Improving Public Health and Reducing Inequalities.
  • 27 February 2013
    New Direction, an integrated drug and alcohol treatment service in Lewisham launched Foundations of Recovery throughout its treatment system at an event on 5th February 2013.
  • 27 February 2013
    CRI is hosting an open day at its West Kent Recovery Service in Tonbridge this Wednesday [6th March]  inviting members of the public to visit and learn more about how it is helping to support and treat people in the local community struggling with addiction. The Mayor and Mayoress of Tonbridge and Malling, Dave and Mary Davis will arrive at 9.45am to officially launch the open day which will take place on the 1st floor, 133 High Street in Tonbridge from 10am-2pm.
  • 21 February 2013
    A small team representing CRI Reading is running in the Reading Half Marathon on 17 March 2013 to raise money for a special event for service users. Their sponsorship money will be used to fund a confidence and self-esteem building trip for service users who are striving for recovery.  Staff also hope to inspire others to get active to increase the numbers running next year.
  • 18 February 2013
    CRI has appointed a new nurse at its Brent drug and alcohol service to offer vaccinations and tests for blood borne viruses (BBV) to service users, particularly vulnerable people including sex workers and street drinkers. The new post has been funded by the Brent Council Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) and will enable CRI to reach people at high risk of contracting BBV’s and get them into treatment. Blood borne viruses, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, can be passed on by sharing drug injecting equipment such as needles and syringes.
  • 15 February 2013
    This month sees the arrival of the new Knowsley Drug and Alcohol Integrated Recovery Service, operated by CRI and commissioned by Knowsley Council. The service provides rapid and open access to drug and alcohol users.
  • 14 February 2013
    An Independent Drugs Commission in Brighton & Hove has published a draft report recommending a number of measures to tackle drug problems in the city. The independent commission was set up in May 2012 in response to a proposal by Caroline Lucas MP to review and improve the city’s approach to drug issues. The commission’s interim report, published this month, includes a number of ideas to reduce the harm caused to individuals and the community by drug use. Residents have now been asked to comment on the report’s recommendations.
  • 6 February 2013
    A peer mentor programme at HMP Belmarsh is raising hopes for a better life outside prison.  In addition to volunteering within the prison, peer mentors who complete the Pathways to Recovery Peer Mentor programme can now volunteer with CRI on community placements on release. These placements offer valuable work experience and a first step towards a career in social care. Two former prisoners who completed the peer mentor training are currently doing voluntary placements at a CRI project in South London, demonstrating the success of the scheme.