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Neil McKeganey on his findings that most drug users want to become drug free

 Neil reflects that he had difficulty promoting his findings that most drug users want to become drug free

Neil McKeganey on optimism, legality and public health challenges
Neil talks about the alcohol and tobacco industries, the role of optimism, and makes comparisons with illegal drug use
Annette Dale-Perera: Looking Ahead 2: Recovery and matters beyond clinical treatment

Annette considers the limitations of clinical treatment alone when addressing the broad spectrum of health and social outcomes for drug users

Annette Dale-Perera: Looking Ahead 3: Mutual aid and the role of 12 steps

Annette looks at the support and mentoring available within, for example, Alcoholics Anonymous. In addition Annette says they offer  "a whole bunch of non drug related social activities"

Mike Ashton on 'The new abstentionists'

Mike discusses his high profile paper and his reasons for writing it, including Scottish and Australian policy and the Mark Easton interview.

Rowdy Yates on Lifeline's early history with Therapeutic Communities


Rowdy explains that Lifeline largely began as a Therapeutic Community, which at that time was contentious.


Robin Davidson on White Knuckle Abstinence and the Recovery Consensus Statement

Robin describes his belief in the need to see everyone's journey as individual and in a social and biological context.

Robin Davidson on the UKDPC Consensus Statement on Recovery

Robin explains the considerations given to the Statement and describes the importance of each step.

Griffith Edwards: Case study on Recovery at the University of Stirling
Griffith explains why it is important to identify what we do not know - our negative capability. He goes on to describe the story of Mick and his recovery, saying it is important for experts to listen to people like Mick. Mick is not a real person. Griffith Edwards says he is 'obsessive' about patient privacy in a public forum.


Tim Leighton on William White

Tim discusses social responses to problems of powerlesness and drug use, and alcohol use. 

Tim Leighton on psychosocial interventions

Tim says 'health generally is dominated by the technology model'. Tim goes on to look at CBT and says 'A conversation is not a drug'. He looks at the investment of different professional groups in tackling drug use problems.

Howard Parker on the Future of the Drug Field

Howard explores the opportunities for a 'bottom up' development in the field including the widening out of definitions related to commissioning.

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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

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Lifeline Project: In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Our purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.
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