Young people in contact with treatment services falls again: latest OHID report

The Young people's substance misuse treatment statistics 2020 to 2021: report has just been published by @OHID
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Being Better Than Well at Birmingham University

Luke Trainor is the Project Manager of Better Than Well, a Collegiate Recovery Programme launched at The University of Birmingham in July 2021. In this article, he reveals the journey of challenge, learning and dedication that took him there.
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Think twice before you ask someone why they’re not drinking this Christmas Comment

Our marketing and comms lead, Simon, penned this timely article for Metro News this month. Discussing loneliness, socialisation, and recovery over the Christmas period,
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The views of recovery from the academic world - disclosing an alcohol recovery identity in academia

This academic article, by Victoria F. Burns, was published in summer 2021. It provides research and insight into the topic of recovery identities in an academic world.
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Adam Petson interviewed by The Independent

In October, Adam's thoughts on and insight into how UK universities approach the topic of students in recovery was published in The Independent.
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BBC Look North visit our On Campus Recovery project

Media intrigue around our collegiate recovery programme at Teesside University continues to build, as the cameras of BBC Look North visit us on site to take a look at what we've been doing.
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UK universities have their heads in the sand on student addiction - in Times Higher Education

HEART Ambassadors, Suzi Gage and Shahroo Izadi, discuss how isolation and shame pose big risks to recovery from addiction problems, yet on-campus support programmes remain rare in the UK.
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Process addictions - compulsion comes in many forms

Addiction can occur in many forms. Addiction is often characterised by a physical dependence that results in withdrawal symptoms when not met, but behavioural addictions can occur with negative consequences in a person’s life without some of the physical symptoms experienced by those who experience substance use.
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It was right in front of me, and I still couldn’t see it was addiction

Addiction isn't just a physical battle. Sometimes the mental side is far more overwhelming.
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HEART Forum Set for Launch

Our new platform is almost ready to launch! Become part of this new, safe, online community by registering your details.
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I realised I wasn’t drinking to socialise, but to mask what was really going on

As a mature student, the heavy drinking norms of freshers’ week have thankfully passed me by. However, growing up amidst the 90s rave scene normalised a lot of things for me that were, in reality, extremely damaging.
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Short story: I needed you

Writing can be therapeutic, for an abundance of reasons. Here, we have a short story, written by author and PR Consultant, Lucy Nichol. If you ever feel inspired to add your own creative writing to HEART, please do - we'd love to read it!
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10 top titles to read on addiction and recovery

Working with many recovery charities over the years, Recovery Connections and HEART PR Consultant, Lucy Nichol, noted 10 of the most inspiring reads she has come across, on the topics of addiction and recovery. Here, we see the 10 titles she covered, and a link to her vlog where she discusses them.
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SMART recovery

SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) Recovery can help people recover from all types of addictive behaviour.
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What is addiction?

Addiction in the context of substance overuse is defined as the recurrent use of a substance that leads to impairment or distress.
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Stress management

Stress is something that everyone experiences, but for some people it can affect their life, health and wellbeing.
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Revision tips

When it comes to exam season, or even dissertation writing, everyone has their own unique way of being the most productive. It’s important during periods of stress that you look after yourself too, and we’ve pulled together some tips below to help you out:
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